February Meeting: Sunday, February 26, 2023
Our February 26, 2023 meeting will be a virtual meeting held on Zoom beginning at 1:30. A zoom link and information on how to join the meeting will be sent to members one week prior to the event. Non-members wishing to attend may send a request by Thursday February 23rd to email@example.com.
Program: "Scaling the 1870 Brick Wall in African American Genealogy"
For many, researching before 1870 is a hurdle in African American research. Learn about sources and strategies to trace ancestors back into the Antebellum Era.
Our Speaker: Ari Wilkins
Ari Wilkins has been actively researching family history for over twenty years. Ms. Wilkins has spoken nationally at the National Genealogical Society, the Institute of Genealogical and Historical Research, the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy, the Texas Institute of Genealogical Research, the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh, RootsTech, and a multitude of state and local societies. She is also the coordinator of the African American course for the Texas Institute of Genealogical Research.
Ari has been a Library Associate at Dallas Public Library for the past fourteen years. She speaks on a multitude of genealogical subjects and specializes in African American research.
Copyright & the Family History Researcher
Learn about copyright in the United States, what materials are covered and not, and how the law impacts your family history research.
Our Instructor: Kris Rzepczynski
Presenter: Kris Rzepczynski is a Senior Archivist at the Archives of Michigan, where he specializes in family history and Michigan research, Kris has worked in the genealogical community for more than 20 years. He is a former Vice President of Membership for the Federation of Genealogical Societies and a Past President of the Mid-Michigan Genealogical Society.
The GSWC Library was moved into storage the week of July 18, 2022. We are no longer located at the Family History Center on E. Woodland Drive in Saline. For more information click on the "Library" button on the left side of the page.
2022-2023 Lectures and Classes
Click here for information about our meetings and the meeting schedule through May 2023.
The Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County, Michigan
(GSWC for short) functions through volunteer efforts and welcomes anyone interested in genealogy and local history, whether beginning their family research or more experienced researchers.
for visiting the GSWC website. We hope your visit will help your research and you will return often.
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Our website features an extensive list of Washtenaw County and Michigan research links and resources; databases; indexes; a surname database; a catalog of over 2,000 books, cemetery records, and census records in our library; and a calendar of events.
For HELP with your Washtenaw County research, use the "Research Requests” button on the left.
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