Our Next Meeting: Sunday February 25 2024

Our February meeting will be a virtual meeting held on Zoom. Preregistration is required. A Zoom link will be sent to members one week prior to the event. Non-members wishing to attend on Zoom may send a request by Thursday, February 22nd to Info@washtenawgenealogy.org

Program: "Exploring the Features of FamilySearch.org" by Katherine Willson 

Learn about utilizing the many resources at the largest free genealogical website in the world with a focus on its records, family trees, Learning Center, and wikis.

Our Speaker: Katherine R. Willson of Dexter, Michigan is an engaging & dynamic genealogy lecturer at local, regional, and national conferences; an educator teaching beginning, intermediate, and advanced genealogy classes in Michigan since 2001; the author of The Genealogist’s Guide to Grand Rapids, Michigan (published in 2018 by The In-Depth Genealogist), and a professional researcher for private clients. Her research specialties include solving difficult genealogical problems in the Great Lakes region, as well as tracing westward migration from the Midwest.  More information about Katherine can be found at her website http://socialmediagenealogy.com/


Class: "Family Migration - A Case Study" by Sue Blaisdell  3:00 PM
Learn one family’s story of western migration from the east coast of Massachusetts during colonial times to Michigan at the beginning of its statehood - the difficulties they overcame and the opportunities they sought. In preparing for her presentation, Sue utilized a rough outline from the Blaisdell Family National Association at blaisdell.org  and was able to fill in the details through heresearch and genealogical trips.  
Our Instructor: Sue got into genealogy at the prodding of her dying mother who was concerned that all her own genealogy work would be lost. Sue has fulfilled her mother’s wish and has picked her own projects and is hoping that she can find a final resting place for them, too. She grew up in Jackson, Michigan but now lives in Marshalltown, Iowa.  Sue’s background is in plant sciences, both agricultural and environmental.  In addition to her genealogical research, Sue is focused on living a healthy lifestyle and on local politics. 


The GSWC Library was moved into storage the week of July 18, 2022. We are no longer located at the FamilySearch Center on E. Woodland Drive in Saline. For more information click on the "Library" button on the left side of the page.

2023-2024 Lectures and Classes

Click here for information about our meetings and the meeting schedule through May 2024.


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.
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