October Program

     The Genealogy Society of Washtenaw will meet on Sunday October 26th 2014 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.
     The program, Over Wayne County Way, will be presented by Diane Oslund. This presentation will give tips on how to research your family in Wayne County MI and its communities, including Detroit. Find out if it’s better or easier to go there to research or if you can do so from afar. Being on the spot isn’t always the best way in a metropolitan area, is it? From vital records, to cemeteries, to naturalization and anything in-between, find out who has the records and how best to access them.
     A genealogy speaker, Diane co-authored the ‘Ford Family Cemetery’ a family cemetery where Henry Ford of auto fame is buried, authored the book, ‘Cryderman’s of North America’, which is one of her family lines and is currently working on publishing books on other family lines of both herself and her husband. She and her husband have helped read cemeteries in Lenawee County for the local genealogical society’s publications. In her spare time, she researches her son-in-law’s family lines, works at translating her French-Canadian ancestors’ church records, walks in various malls each week with her husband and enjoys computing on her patio.
The class following the presentation will be Moving to Michigan presented by a panel of GSWC members.
ECR 10/1/2014


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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