February Program

     The Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County will meet on Sunday, February 22, 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 "From Roots to Branches:  The Life of Henry Ford",  presented by Steven Stanford. The man behind the Model T and $5 day comes into focus as we learn about the people closest to him in his life - his family.  Henry Ford's father and mother, his siblings, his wife, his son, and grandchildren all played important roles as Henry went from being a tinkerer to a tycoon.  The stories of these people help us understand more about Henry Ford than can be learned in the history books.  What of Henry's relationship with Evangeline Dahlinger?  This talk examines her importance in his life as well.
     Steven Stanford operates H is for Henry Publications in Howell, Michigan, and has lectured extensively on Henry Ford.  He serves on the board of directors for the Henry Ford Heritage Association and was active in the year-long celebration of Henry Ford's sesquicentennial of his birth year in 2013.  He is author of a number of articles and an audio tour on Henry Ford.  He also operates a guided tour of Henry Ford sites in Detroit and Dearborn.  Steve is a member of the Society of Automotive Historians, MotorCities National Heritage Area, and the Piquette Museum in Detroit.
The class following the presentation will be "Using Facebook's 4000+ Genealogy Links as a Research Tool", presented by Katherine Willson. The handout for this class is available as a download here.  Please download, then print out the handout and bring it to the class.
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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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