September Meeting

    The next meeting of the Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County will be held on Sunday, September 28th 2014 in the Education Center Auditorium, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Campus, 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti, Michigan.  The meeting will start at 1:30 pm.
The meeting is free of charge and open to everyone who would like to attend.
  Dr. Michael Lacopo joins us to kick off our 2014-15 season
  with two presentations on German Research:
“Methods for Identifying the German Ancestors of American Immigrants”
If all you know from conventional records is “Germany” as a place of origin, then this lecture will help you mine other resources to locate WHERE in Germany your ancestor came from. Successful tips and tricks will be discussed to help you locate the elusive place of origin for your German-speaking ancestor!   
“Finding and Using German Church Records” 
Many of us have German-speaking European ancestors but are afraid to tackle the next step across the Atlantic. Church records are the foundation for European genealogical research, and your lecturer will show you how and where to locate them. He will also provide examples of German church records, how to decipher them and how to overcome the fear of German script.
Dr. Michael Lacopo was born and raised in northern Indiana, where he has been involved in genealogy for over 30 years. In 2013, he retired from his career in veterinary science to pursue genealogical research full-time. A contributor to numerous periodicals, he has lectured at state, national and international conferences. Michael’s main interests are Mennonite research as well as German and Swiss research, especially as it pertains to the 18th century immigration to America. He is a vocal proponent for learning the social history that interweaves our ancestors into the fabric of the past.
tds  8/4/14


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.

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