September Meeting

    Our next meeting will be at 1:30 pm on Sunday, September 25, 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 Shirley Gage Hodges
"Using Land Records in Genealogy Research"
Land records can be a very useful part of genealogy research. However, they can also be confusing and difficult to understand. Join renowned genealogist and lecturer Shirley Gage Hodges as she leads us through the types of land records commonly found and shows how they can be important in our genealogical research.
Shirley Gage Hodges has been actively doing genealogical research since 1967. She has taught genealogy classes and seminars since 1994, including college-level programs. She served as President of the Genealogical Speakers Guild from 2006-2010. She became a columnist for the Global Gazette in June 2006. In 2012, Shirley was the recipient of the Lucy Mary Kellogg Award.
The Class following at 3:30 pm will be:
"Searching in Your Ancestors' Backyards"
Presented by John Phillip Colletta via DVD, moderated by Marcia McCrary.
tds 8/28/16


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.

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