November Meeting

    Our next meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 22, 2015 in the Education Center Auditorium of St. Joseph Mercy Hospital at 5305 Elliott Drive, Ann Arbor, Michigan. The meeting is free and open to the public.  Our speaker will be Gail Hershenzon, who will be giving two presentations:
"Do's and Don'ts of Cemetery Research"
Do you ever wonder why you may not be getting the information you want when you contact a cemetery for research?  Find out what you can, and maybe should not be doing, when visiting a cemetery office or contacting them by mail through this PowerPoint presentation.
"Ethics and Etiquette in Genealogy Research"
What happens when you post your family research on a public website?  What can you expect from public places when doing research?  What information are you entitled to and what is off limits?  These and other questions are dealt with in this PowerPoint presentation.
Note: The second presentation will begin at approximately 3:30pm.
 Gail Hershenzon, a retired elementary teacher, is a genealogist, author, and speaker.  She has volunteered at Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery since 2003, and serves as its historian.  She has authored two books with Arcadia Publishing:  “Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery” and “Michigan Memorial Park.” Gail maintains her own website which provides researchers with online access to Woodmere’s records, blogs about genealogy, and maintains a list of Michigan resources that may benefit the researcher.  She is a past Vice-President/Program Chair of the Dearborn Genealogical Society, and has done research for the PBS television show, History Detectives.   In 2009, she was the recipient of the Award of Merit presented by the Federation of Genealogical Societies.
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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.

News Pages Digital Archive 1976-2015

NEW! GSWC News Pages Digital Archive 1976-2015. A collection of newsletters is online in the members-only section of the GSWC website. Join GSWC and enjoy this new benefit!
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