April Program

     The Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County will meet on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 1:30 PM in the Education Center Auditorium at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti, Michigan.  The meeting is free and open to everyone.  A map of the location can be found on the "About Us" page of this website.  .
    Our program will be "Research in Ohio",  presented by Diane VanSkiver Gagel. Her presentation will present guidelines for researching in the state of Ohio. Subjects covered will include records on the township, county, and state levels and where researchers can find the best genealogical records. Major repositories will be discussed, including how to access them. 
Diane VanSkiver Gagel has a Masters degree in American Studies and is a professional genealogist and freelance author. She is past president of the Ohio Genealogical Society and a retired college instructor. Diane is the author of four books and numerous articles, including the NGS State Guide for Ohio.
The class following the presentation will be "Using Heritage Quest with Your Genealogy", presented by Barbara Snow.
tds  3/23/15

Faces Never Forgotten

Help the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund find a photo for every name on The Wall.  Michigan has 2,665 soldiers on The Wall and 636 do not have pictures yet, including 6 from Washtenaw County. Put your genealogical skills to work by visiting http://VVMF.org/Faces-Never-Forgotten to learn how you can help. Use the Advanced Search to look by city, county, or state.
                                     Faces Not Forgotten
3-24-15 JET


The purpose of our society is to aid and assist members in genealogical studies, to encourage the collection and preservation of family and public records, and to promote the exchange of genealogical information. The society functions primarily through the volunteer efforts of its members. All are welcome to participate in the many varied service activities we offer.

The Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County (GSWC for short) was founded in 1974 and incorporated as a non-profit organization on 25 August 1977. The GSWC became a member of the newly organized Michigan Genealogical Council (MGC) in May, 1974. The MGC seeks to coordinate and encourage activities in the field of family history throughout the State of Michigan. The GSWC is also a member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

If you are interested in genealogy and local history, you are welcome to join us. Membership includes all programs and activities, use of the society library and files, and subscriptions to the quarterly publication Family History Capers and to the GSWC Newsletter. We welcome those who are beginning their family research as well as those more experienced. Our meetings are open to the public.

For those who are researching in Washtenaw County, our website is designed to provide the essential information you need to make your task easier. For those who live in Washtenaw County, our aim is to provide basic information about local and nearby genealogical resources and Internet links to other helpful locations. We hope you will find our website to be genealogically useful and informative.

At the present time, we are not set up to receive and process inquiries via the web. To request research, please read the instructions under Research Questions, then communicate with us by mail.

Genealogy Library in Indiana Threatened

Budget Cuts are threatening the Genealogy Division of the Indiana State Library.  For more information please click here.

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