Closure of Library

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

October Meeting

Our next meeting will be at 1:30 pm on Sunday, October 22, 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 speaker will be Jessica Trotter. 
Join us this month as Jessica Trotter gives two presentations:
"African American Genealogy" 

Researching African American ancestry can be a tremendous struggle and also tremendously rewarding. This session offers helpful resources, tips and pitfalls to avoid for successful researching.


​Beginning at approximately 3:30 pm:

"Cluster Genealogy: Are We Related To Everyone On the Block?"

​As Aristotle noted, "Man is by nature a social animal." He has family, society, and throughout history he has moved with them. This session looks at how following the clues in our most basic records and investigating a community can further your personal research.

​Jessica Trotter ​is a researcher, blogger, archivist and librarian. She has a BA in History from Michigan State University and MS in Information from the University of Michigan. She has been researching her diverse family for over 20 years, giving her a solid foundation in African American, British Isles, Canadian, American Midwest, and Early American research. She has presented at the Abrams Family History Seminar in Lansing, as well as for many genealogical societies and libraries.
tds 9/28/17


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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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.
We encourage you to become a MEMBER.  (Click here to join). Your membership in the GSWC will help you further your research goals and will also help GSWC in its important work of collecting and preserving Washtenaw County’s family history and heritage.

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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