January Meeting; Sunday January 22, 2023

Our January meeting will be a virtual meeting held on Zoom beginning at 1:30.  A zoom link and information on how to join the meeting will be sent to members one week prior to the event. Non-members wishing to attend may send a request by  Thursday January 19th to info@washtenawgenealogy.org. 

Program: "What Can a Land Abstract Tell You" by Lori Piercefield Fox 

Before title insurance, land abstracts were used to prove ownership of land.  It is a list of all owners, encumbrances, mortgages, leases, etc. from the first purchase from the government.  Learn how you can use this valuable document to further your genealogical research. 

Our Speaker: Lori Piercefield Fox is  President of Ionia County Genealogical Society.  She is obsessed with genealogy and a lifelong resident of Ionia County Michigan. 

Class: "Navigating Naturalization Records " by Lisa Alzo 3:15
First papers, petitions, certificates and registrations. These are some of the key documents for Naturalization–the process to apply to become a U.S. citizen. Due to changing laws and an evolving process over time, locating the appropriate official paperwork can often be a challenging task for family historians. Learn how to navigate naturalization records and what information they contain about your ancestors.
Our Instructor:  Lisa A. Alzo, M.F.A., is a freelance writer, instructor, and internationally recognized lecturer, specializing in Eastern European research and writing your family history She is the author of eleven books and hundreds of magazine articles. Lisa works as an online educator and writing coach through her website Research, Write, Connect and developed the Eastern European Research Certificate Program for the National Institute for Genealogical Studies. Visit her website Lisaalzo.com  for more information.


The GSWC Library was moved into storage the week of July 18, 2022. We are no longer located at the Family History Center on E. Woodland Drive in Saline. For more information click on the "Library" button on the left side of the page.

2022-2023 Lectures and Classes

Click here for information about our meetings and the meeting schedule through May 2023.


The Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County, Michigan (GSWC for short) functions through volunteer efforts and welcomes anyone interested in genealogy and local history, whether beginning their family research or more experienced researchers.
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