November Program

     The Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County will meet on Sunday, November 23rd, 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.
    Our program will be "Genealogical Research in Local Catholic Archives",  presented by Heidi Christien of the Archdiocese of Detroit. Her talk will include a brief overview of the history of the Archdiocese of Detroit and its predecessors; information about sacramental registers in general and what information can be found in each type of register; where to find sacramental records; how to find records of priests and nuns; what records the Archdiocese does not have; and finally, some other sources to help those doing research on Catholic ancestors.
Heidi Christien has been the Archivist for the Archdiocese of Detroit since mid-2007. Before joining the Archdiocese, Heidi worked as the archivist for the Jewish Community Archives and Temple Beth El. She has also worked as an archivist at the Reuther Library at Wayne State University. Heidi has a MLIS from Wayne State, undergraduate and MA degrees from the University of Chicago, and her Master of Philosophy degree from New York University. In her spare time, Heidi serves as a part-time reference librarian at the Fraser Public Library.
The class following the presentation will be "Problem Solving in Washtenaw County" presented by members of the GSWC Research Committee.
TDS  10/28/14


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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