May Meeting

    Our next meeting will be at 1:30 pm on Sunday, May 22, 2016 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 Susan Novacek
"Border Crossings: Coming of Age in the Czech Resistance"
Librarian-publisher Sandra Novacek will present an illustrated book talk and discussion on the above-titled memoir, a true story written by her late husband Charles Novacek.  Endorsed by Madeleine Albright, the book describes the impact of World War II and the Cold War on a Czechoslovakian boy (Charles) who participated in the Czech Resistance against the Nazis and the Communists during World War II and the Cold War.  After escaping his homeland, Novacek fled to Germany, then Venezuela, and finally immigrated to the U.S. where he became an American citizen and established a successful career as a civil engineer in Detroit, Michigan. Among his projects were the Detroit People Mover and Washtenaw Community College.
The Class following at 3:30 pm will be:
"There are No Dumb Questions in Genealogy Research"
Bring your genealogy questions to this popular class session. An expert panel of GSWC Members will be on hand to provide ideas and solutions.
tds 5/2/16


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.

1940 Michigan Death Records

The following announcement is from Tom Koselka of the Michigan Genealogical Council.
This just in from the Archives of Michigan via a Facebook posting on Michigan Genealogy.
Archives of Michigan staff have completed loading the images of 1940 death records to Seeking Michigan. Happy researching!
ecr 2/4/2016

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