December Meeting: Sunday December 5th, 2021

Our December 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 December 2nd to 

“Digital News: Genealogical Research in Online Newspapers” 1:30

Do you sometimes feel exhausted trying to keep all the newspaper content that is available online straight? Learn how to identify both subscription-based and free newspaper sites, explore search strategies, and showcase the wide array of fantastic genealogical content that awaits you in online newspapers


“Perilous Assumptions: Revisiting Those First Finds” 3:15

 Despite the best of intentions, many family history researchers – particularly as beginners – make incorrect assumptions about records that don’t “fit.” Learn about what  family history discoveries may await, when you explore those past assumptions and revisit past mistakes.   


Our Speaker: Kris Rzepczynski


Kris 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 nearly 20 years. He holds a Masters in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University and a Master of Arts in History from Western Michigan University. Kris has presented at national, state, and local conferences, including the Federation of Genealogical Societies, National Genealogical Society, Ohio Genealogical Society, Historical Society of Michigan, Indiana Historical Society, and for dozens of local genealogical societies and public libraries. A former Vice-President of Membership for the Federation of Genealogical Societies and a former President of the Mid-Michigan Genealogical Society, his current memberships include the Association of Professional Genealogists, Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan, Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, and Historical Society of Michigan.

2021-2022 Lectures and Classes

Click here for information about our meetings and the meeting schedule through May 2022.


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.
THANK YOU for visiting the GSWC website. We hope your visit will help your research and you will return often.
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