Western Wayne County Genealogical Society

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What's Coming up?
July 2018
Thursdays  7/12,  7/19/  and  7/26:  Dona Proeject Team Work Sessions
2:00-4:00 pm
Livonia Civic Center Library, 2nd Floor
September 2018
Saturday, September 8th, 10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm:
Sponsored by WWCGS & Livonia Bennett Civic Center Library
Genealogy Free-For-All 
at the Livonia Bennett Civic Center Library
Plans  include:
--- WWCGS members ready to help begin ning researchers  with basic how-to's and with researching online-
--  Guided tour of the Genealogy Collection at the Library conducted by Carl Katafiasz
Registration required on the Livonia Library website.  Copy or Enter this website address into your browser:  livonia.libcal.com/event/4340521 
This will put you on the Library's calendar page for this event. To register, find the  HERE  and click it then follow the directions to complete your registration.


WWCGS members: If you would like to volunteer to be a part of this community outreach effort, please contact President Mary Hazlett.   
2018-2019  Program Dates & Speakers

09/17/18 Rountable: “Researching at the Westland FHC” - Kathy Miller, FHC Director

        Guest Speaker: “Beginning French-Canadian Genealogy” -. Judy Nimer Muhn


10/15/18 Roundtable: “FOLD3 – War of 1812 Veteran Records” - Mary Hazlett. WWCGS President

          Guest Speaker: “Helpful Sources of African-American Genealogy” - Gary R. Wilkes


11/19/18 Roundtable: “Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan" - Valerie Koselka, WWCGS & PGSM Member

          Guest Speaker: “Scotch-Irish Research: Who They Are a&Where We Find Them” - Derek Blount


01/21/19 Roundtable: “DSGR DNA SIG, SAY WHAT?” - Patrick Shaul, WWCGS Member

          Guest Speaker: “Writing for Family History” - Dan Fantore


02/25/19 Roundtable: “Census Records & Non-Population Schedules” - Tom Koselka, WWCGS Member & DSGR President

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


03/18/19 Roundtable: Organizing Your Genealogical Files/Records/Ephemera” - Lisa Curlew, WWCGS Treasurer

          Guest Speaker:“Settling the Midwest: Migration Paths to the Great Lakes Region” - Kris Rzepczynski


04/15/19 Roundtable: “Native American Research” - Raul Rodriguez, WWCGS Past President

          Guest Speaker: “Colonial New England” - Cynthia Grostick


05/20/19 Roundtable: ”Researching Scandinavia - Vikings are US!” - John Mills, WWCGS Trustee

          Guest Speaker: “Genealogy Research with Military Records” - Katherine Willson


06/08/19 Field Trip: Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center, Fort Wayne IN


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 currently are two active indexing projects, each being conducted in conjunction with the Livonia Civic Center Library. One 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. The other active 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 either project: 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
Getting Started with Family History - A Workshop for Beginning Researchers
Saturday, Sep. 8th
Livonia Civic Center Library
September 2018 WWCGS Board Meeting
Wednesday, Sep. 12th
6:30 pm to 8:45 pm
Livonia Civic Center Library, Michigan Room
  All members are invited to attend.
September 2018 General Membership Meeting
Monday, Sep. 17th
6:15 pm to 8:45 pm
Livonia Civic Center Senior Center
  Featured Speaker:  Judy Nimer Muhn “Beginning French-Canadian Genealogy” - From extensive experience in researching the founding families of Canada, this workshop includes information ...

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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