January Program

     The Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County will meet on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 1:30 PM in the Education Center Auditorium at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, 5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti, Michigan.  The meeting is free and open to everyone.  A map of the location can be found on the "About Us" page of this website.
    Our program will be "Digital Archiving for Genealogists",  presented by Mark Middleton. What happens when a Genealogist has a fire or flood in their home? What if a genealogist comes across a great collection of photos, but the "owning" relative doesn’t want them to leave their possession? There are many reasons why genealogists need to create and work with digital files. This presentation covers the complete spectrum of capturing media from photos, books, home movies and audio recordings, creating computer files from the captured digital material, and archiving those files. Standards and equipment recommendations are covered. Emphasis will be placed on the best process to use to be successful.
Mark Middleton has been employed in the IT industry for over 20 years and has a Masters degree in Information Systems. A member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild, Mark has spoken at many Local, State and National Genealogical meetings on Genealogical Information Technology.  He has been a certified Project Manager (PMP) since 2001 and is a retired US Army officer. 
The class following the presentation will be "How to Determine if a Document is Trustworthy", presented by Dr. Devan Donaldson, who has just received his doctorate from the School of Information at the University of Michigan on this subject.
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The purpose of our society is to aid and assist members in genealogical studies, to encourage the collection and preservation of family and public records, and to promote the exchange of genealogical information. The society functions primarily through the volunteer efforts of its members. All are welcome to participate in the many varied service activities we offer.

The Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County (GSWC for short) was founded in 1974 and incorporated as a non-profit organization on 25 August 1977. The GSWC became a member of the newly organized Michigan Genealogical Council (MGC) in May, 1974. The MGC seeks to coordinate and encourage activities in the field of family history throughout the State of Michigan. The GSWC is also a member of the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

If you are interested in genealogy and local history, you are welcome to join us. Membership includes all programs and activities, use of the society library and files, and subscriptions to the quarterly publication Family History Capers and to the GSWC Newsletter. We welcome those who are beginning their family research as well as those more experienced. Our meetings are open to the public.

For those who are researching in Washtenaw County, our website is designed to provide the essential information you need to make your task easier. For those who live in Washtenaw County, our aim is to provide basic information about local and nearby genealogical resources and Internet links to other helpful locations. We hope you will find our website to be genealogically useful and informative.

At the present time, we are not set up to receive and process inquiries via the web. To request research, please read the instructions under Research Questions, then communicate with us by mail.

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