September Meeting: Sunday September 25th, 2022

Our September 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 September 22nd to 

Program: "Migration Trails Across America" 

The safest and easiest way to move one’s families may not have been the migrations trails and roads that we have become most familiar with. Roads and trails are the “go-to” places we look at first when determining how our ancestors moved throughout America.  However, there were other means of transportation available to them.  Could your ancestor have traveled other by-ways?  

Our Speaker: Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, FOGS 

Peggy Clemens Lauritzen has an amazing ability to bring laughter into the lives of her audience members. Peggy is a frequent lecturer at Family History seminars and has presented at Brigham Young University, and ICAPGen, and taught Continuing Education classes at community colleges and The Ohio State University. She was tested through ICAPGen to become an Accredited Genealogist, a credential she has maintained for twenty-five years, working hard to polish her research skills. She is a featured columnist in Reminisce magazine, has written several Legacy QuickGuides, and has filmed as an instructor for Ancestry Academy. In 2018, she was honored to be awarded Fellow of the Ohio Genealogical Society and received the Laura G. Prescott Award for Exemplary Service to Professional Genealogy. She is a former researcher at Ancestry ProGenealogists. Peggy and her husband Kerry serve as Family History Center Directors in northcentral Ohio. You can learn more about Peggy and her work at her website Anxiously Engaged: Peggy Clemens Lauritzen, AG, FOGS.



Class: "Ten Essentials for New York Research"  Approximately 3:15 

By understanding ten key concepts, records, and resources for researching New York, gain more success navigating the challenges of New York research. 

Our Instructor: Jane E. Wilcox
Jane E. Wilcox serves on the NY State Archives Advisory Committee and the NY Genealogical and Biographical Society’s NY Family History Advisory Committee. A former editorial board member of the New York Genealogical & Biographical Record, she hosted The Forget-Me-Not Hour podcast for 6+ years at With her company, Forget-Me-Not Ancestry, in Albany, Jane specializes in colonial and early national NY and area research. You can learn more about Jane at her website Forget-Me-Not Ancestry.



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.


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