Western Wayne County Genealogical Society

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What's Coming up?
April 2019
Wednesday, April 10th, call to order 6:30pm
WWCGS Board Meeting, Michigan Rm, Livonia Civic Center Library
All Members Invited to Attend
Monday, April 15th,  setups 5:00pm, pre-program 5:30pm, call to order 6:15pm
WWCGS General Membership Meeting, Livonia Senior Center
Nominations for 2019-2020 Exectutive Board Positions
Roundtable: “Native American Research” - Raul Rodriguez, WWCGS Past President
Guest Speaker: “Colonial New England” - Cynthia Grostick
Saturday, April 27th, check in 9am, opening program 10:00, one-on-one help sessions 12:45pm
Getnealogy Free For All (Beginners' Workshop)
Livonia Civic Center Library
Register at:   livonia.libcal.com/event/5174738?hs=a
May 2019
Wednesday, May 8th, call to order 6:30pm
WWCGS Board Meeting, Michigan Rm, Livonia Civic Center Library
All Members Invited to Attend

Monday, May 20th setups 5:00pm, pre-program 5:30pm, call to order 6:15pm

WWCGS General Membership Meeting, Livonia Senior Center
Election of 2019-2020 Executive Board 
Roundtable: ”Researching Scandinavia - Vikings are US!” - John Mills, WWCGS Trustee
Guest Speaker: “Genealogy Research with Military Records” - Katherine Willson

June 2019

Saturday, June 1st,  field trip, see WWCGS Calendar of Events for full details including cost & bus departure times

Annual Research Trip to Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center, Fort Wayne IN

Register at  https://dsgr.org/


Future Program Dates & Speakers

09/16/19 Roundtable: tbd

          Guest Speaker: "Seeking a Higher Source: Records of Faith Communities" - Judy Nimer Muhn


Want to Become a WWCGS Member? Or Need to Renew?

Want to join the WWCGS? It's easy. Just download the form via the link below, complete & sign the form, then return it along with your annual dues payment.
If you are already a member but have not renewed your membership yet for 2018-2019, you must do so soon before the grace period expires and you lose your membership rights including access to the members-only sections of this website. To renew your membership simply download the form via the link below, complete & sign the form, and return it along with your annual dues payment.

Ways to Get Involved

Want to become more involved with your Society? Here are some ways that you can help make your WWCGS better for everyone:
1) Become a part of the Hospitality Committee by:
(a) signing up to be one of two or three members who provide the break-time snacks for a given monthly General Membership Meeting. Action Step: Contact one of the Hospitality Committee Co-Chairs Marge Najarian or Charlotte Neary.
(b) volunteering to help arrange tables and chairs prior to a monthly General Membership Meeting. Action Step: Simply show up at the Livonia Senior Center about 5PM on the day of a scheduled Monday membership meeting and seek out Hospitality Committee Logistics Coordinator Raul Rodriguez.
2) Attend a monthly board meeting and learn about the planning and work that goes into making your Society what it is. Action Step: Just show up at the Livonia Civic Center Library by 6:30pm on the date of a scheduled board meeting (usually the 2nd Wednesday of the month).
3) Join the Cemetery Committee and help with one of its ongoing projects of canvassing, transcribing and/or photographing area cemetery grave markers. Action Step: Contact the Cemetery Committee Chair John Mills.
4) Contribute a family history research experience, a special family history photograph, or an interesting story from your family history for publication in the WWCGS newsletter. Action step: Contact Newsletter Chair Harvey DeWitt.
5) Join the Query Management Team and help respond to or redirect inquiries received by the Society. Action step: Contact President Mary Hazlett.
6) Volunteer as an indexer. There are indexing oportunities through the WWCGS' Transcription Guild Team working in conjunction with the Michigan Archives and FamilySearch.org. The team is scheduling one or two indexing work nights a month at the Westland Family History Center. Action step for Transcription Guild projects: Contact Team Leader John Mills for more details about volunteering.
WWCGS is also involved in genealogy indexing projects at the Livonia Civic Center Library. One library project involves indexing engagement and marriage notices that have appeared in the Livonia Observer newspaper. The newspapers are on microfilm and would require a time commitment of about two hours per work session using a microfilm reader at the Library. There is no minimum nor maximum number of work sessions for which you need to volunteer. Another Library project involves creating surname only indices for genealogical books at the Library for which no such index exists. This work may be done at home. Action step for Library projects: Contact WWCGS Librarian Shirley Connors or send an email to info@wwcgs.org with “Library Volunteer” in the subject line. 
7) Volunteering for a Roundtable. This involves simply sharing a personal research story, a brickwall find, or possibly something new you found on a website. An experience shared with others for 20 minutes or more will undoubtively spark questions and comments and make for a very good round table discussion. Examples: Mary Hazlett talked about the WWCGS wewbsite in September, 2018. In November, 2018, Steve Schwartz shared his experiences with census research and how he tracks all the discoveries he's found. In May, 2018, Loretta Dunham shared information on the vast holding of the Monroe County Archives. Action step: Contact President Mary Hazlett to discuss your ideas. 

Upcoming Events
April 2019 WWCGS Board Meeting
Wednesday, Apr. 10th
6:30 pm to 8:45 pm
Livonia Civic Center Library, Michigan Room
  All members are invited to attend.
April 2019 General Membership Meeting
Monday, Apr. 15th
6:15 pm to 8:45 pm
Livonia Civic Center Senior Center
  Featured Speaker:  Cynthia Grostick “Colonial New England”   5:00 PM    Room Setup (Hospitality Team welcomes volunteers to help arrange tables & chairs.) 5:30 PM   ...
Getting Started with Family History - A Workshop for Beginning Researchers
Saturday, Apr. 27th
10:00 am
Livonia Civic Center Library

Michigan Research: Washtenaw & adjacent counties: Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan
In doing one's family research, valuable sources to use are local libraries.One such library is U of M's Bentley Historical Library. The library website can be found at http://bentley.umich.edu.
Need more research sources?
Check out the LINKS section of this website. There are nearly 400 links to various resource sites grouped into logical categories. It will be worth your time to see what's there for use now for for later research.
WWCGS General Meetings Open to the Public
Do you have a friend who is interested in genealogy and family history research? The monthly WWCGS General Membership Meetings are open to the public, so invite that friend and bring him or her with you to the next meeting.
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