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What's Coming up?
 
December 2017
 
Thursday, 14th       WWCGS Dona Donation Project Team
                                  Livonia Civic Center Library, Third Floor
2:00 PM - 4:00PM    Project Work Session
 
 
January 2018
 
Wednesday, 10th   WWCGS Board Meeting (members invited to attend)
                                Livonia Civic Center Library, Michigan Room
 6:30 PM   Board Meeting Called to Order
 
Thursdays, 11th, 18th and 25th   WWCGS Dona Donation Projecdt Team
                                  Livonia Civic Center Library, Third Floor
2:00 PM - 4:00PM    Project Work Session
 
Monday, 15th         WWCGS General Membership Meeting (open to the public)
                                Livonia Senior Center, 15218 Farmington Road
5:00 PM     Setup: Volunteers needed to help arrange tables & chairs
5:30 PM     Early Bird Special: Bring your dinner & engage with members
6:15 PM     Announcements and Round Table Presentation/Discussion
                           - DNA Discoveries, Lisa Curlew
7:30 PM     Featured Speaker: Thomas MacEntee / Live Webinar from Chicago
                                       Topic: U.S. & Canada Newspaper Resources & Strategies

                        Thomas MacEntee is a genealogy professional specializing in the use of technology and social media to improve genealogy research and as a way to connect with others in the family history community. Thomas has a BA in Art History and a BU Certificate in Genealogical Research.

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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 2017-2018, 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.
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(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 Todd Bredin 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 is going to talk about the WWCGS wewbsite in September. In November, Steve Schwartz will be sharing his experiences with census research and how he tracks all the discoveries he's found. Action step: Contact President Mary Hazlett to discuss your ideas. 


Upcoming Events
WWCGS Dona Donation Inventory Work Session
Thursday, Dec. 14th
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Livonia Civic Center Library, Third Floor
January 2018 WWCGS Board Meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 10th
6:30 pm to 8:45 pm
Livonia Civic Center Library, Michigan Room
  All members are invited to attend.
WWCGS Dona Donation Inventory Work Session
Thursday, Jan. 11th
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Livonia Civic Center Library, Third Floor

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 teh 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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