Closure of Library

PLEASE NOTE: The joint LDS/GSWC Library in Saline  is closed and will not re-open until some time in November. We will post the date when we know. They are fixing a water pipe problem. Marcia McCrary, GSWC President

November-December Meeting

Our next meeting will be held ​one week later due to the Thanksgiving holiday, at 1:30 pm on Sunday, December 3, 2017 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 speakers will be Bill and Becky Layne O'Reilly. 
"Irish Genealogy 101" 

A very significant portion of the American population has ancestors who trace back to Ireland.  To trace your possible Irish roots, you should first have an understanding of Irish history and what makes Irish genealogy research unique. This presentation will begin with a brief overview of the Irish in America and Irish History. We will then review the various available records and how to access them. The presentation will conclude with real world examples of researching Irish roots as well as tricks for getting past brick walls.

Bill and Becky O’Reilly have over 50 years of combined genealogy experience. Bill’s roots trace back to Ireland and Scotland, and Becky has traced her ancestry back over 1200 years to Charlemagne. In 2011 they turned their hobby into a business and have provided family history research to hundreds of clients throughout the world. They are both members of the Association of Professional Genealogists and the National Genealogical Society.​


​The class starting at approximately 3:30 pm will be:


"African-Canadian Genealogy" presented by GSWC member ​Omer Jean Winborn.

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Fall Family History Capers Online

The Fall issue of Capers is out! For those of you who have opted for electronic delivery, it should be waiting in your inbox. For those who opted to continue postal delivery, it should be in your mailbox a few days sooner than usual as we mailing first class rather than bulk rate.

The featured article this Fall is "Carl and Lillian Eggert Brown and Their Collection of Local History and Genealogy at the Milan Public Library, Milan Michigan" by local Milan historian and GSWC member, Martha Churchill. The collection is a goldmine of family history information not only for Milan area families but for anyone with family in the surrounding counties of Monroe, Wayne, Lenawee, and Clinton. Martha gives us background on the Browns as well as an in-depth description of the collection itself.

For Washtenaw researchers, be sure to check out our transcriptions of early poll lists and baptismal records.

A big "Thank You" to our Fall issue contributors -- Martha Churchill, Nancy Krohn, Barbara Snow, and Rob & Cyndy Steward.

The Fall issue of Capers was edited by the team of Judi Bornemeier, Nancy Krohn, Marcia McCrary, Jan Tripp, and Carol Uhal under the direction of Judi and Marcia.


Michigan Genealogical Council Newsletter

Fall 2017 MGC Newsletter Available

The Fall issue of the Michigan Genealogical Society Newsletter is now available.  Click on this link or the image below.

Connie Olson receives the Lucy Mary Kellogg Award

We want to congratulate Connie Olson on her being awarded the Lucy Mary Kellogg award for 2016 by the Michigan Genealogical Council.
ECR 11/14/2016 

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