December Meeting: Sunday December 4th, 2022

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 1st to 

Program: "DNA-No Tree! No Response! Need More!" 

 You have your AncestryDNA test results and a list of people. Now what do you do with it? Learn how to  use your results to rev-up your family history research. Suz Bates, a local genealogist, will walk through using your Ancestry DNA test results concentrating on shared matches and using the Star, Dots and Notes tools to start organizing your results.

Our Speaker: Suz Bates 
Suz  has been researching her family history for over 45 years. After a full career in education, she now combines teaching skills with extensive genealogy research experience and training in work as a presenter, researcher, and consultant. Suz' presentation specialty is step by step instructions for various researching, archiving and technology skills for genealogists and family historians.




Class: "Recipes and Reminiscing"  Approximately 3:15 

Food and family go together. Some wonderful stories are shared while enjoying recipes that have been passed down through the family. This can be a great opportunity to bring ancestors to life, find out details you didn't know, encourage curiosity in younger generations and (of course) to taste delicious history.
Our Instructors: Nancy Howard and Janet Tarolli
Nancy HowardNancy Howard will introduce you to the Menard Family Kuchen, a simple German coffee cake, and how she is using it to engage with her son, nephew and niece about their German ancestry. Ideas for ways to do this will be presented. Nancy  is a retired education program manager, instructional designer and teacher. She currently serves as the president of GSWC.
Janet Tarolli will share clips from a 2007 video recording of her family making apple strudel from scratch in the Croatian manner, including stretching the dough. Elements to consider when planning your own video project will be discussed.  Janet is the GSWC’s first vice-president and chair of the Program and Education Committee. She is a retired RN, clinical research coordinator, and education and training coordinator.



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.
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