Western Wayne County Genealogical Society
 
 


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What's Coming up?
September 2017
 
Monday, 18th         WWCGS General Membership Meeting (open to the public)
               Livonia Senior Center, 15218 Farmington Road
               5:00pm     Setup: Volunteers needed to help arrange tables & chairs
               5:30pm     Early Bird Special: Bring your dinner & engage with members
               6:15pm     Presentation & Round Table Discussion led by Mary Hazlett
                                             Topic:  Making Use of the WWCGS Website
               7:30pm     Featured Speaker:  Carl Katafiasz, Head of Adult Services,
                                                               Livonia Civic Center Library
                                                   Topic:   In Case You Missed This  
"In Case You Missed This" will touch on a variety of interesting topics such as WWI, archival databases at the National Archives, newspapers, just to name a few. These topics have been chosen by Carl, from his “Genealogy Saturdays with Carl”, at the Civic Center Library in Livonia." 
 
Friday, 22th thru Sunday, 24th    143rd Meeting & State History Conference
                                                       (Registration Required)
               Howorth Inn & Conference Center, Hope Colle, Holland, Michigan
               Obtain full details at hsmichigan.org or by calling 800-692-1828.
 
October 2017
 
Wednesday, 11th   WWCGS Board Meeting (members invited to attend)
                 Livonia Civic Center Library
                 6:30pm   Board Meeting Called to Order
 
Saturday, 14th      WWCGS Field Trip to State of Michigan Archives
                               (Research Hours 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM)
For thiose wishing to carpool for the drive to Lansing meet at the Livonia Senior Center at 8:30 AM. Carpool drivers will depart for drive back to Livonia at 4:00 PM. 
 
Monday, 16th         WWCGS General Membership Meeting (open to the public)
               Livonia Senior Center, 15218 Farmington Road
               5:00pm     Setup: Volunteers needed to help arrange tables & chairs
               5:30pm     Early Bird Special: Bring your dinner & engage with members
               6:15pm     Presentation & Round Table Discussion led by Lisa Curlew
                                             Topic:  Hidden Treasures: City Directories
               7:30pm     Featured Speaker:  Jessica Harden, Archivist,
                                                                       Archives of the State of Michigan
                                                   Topic:   Demystifying Michigan Court Records
"Records from Michigan’s court system can contain a goldmine of genealogical information, but they can also be frustrating to research. Attendees will walk away from this program with a better understanding of what types of cases were heard in what court, the types of documents contained in court files, where records are held, and how to find case numbers related to a given name. The program will include also include a walk-through example."
 
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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.
or
(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
October 2017 WWCGS Board Meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 11th
6:30 pm to 8:45 pm
Livonia Civic Center Library, Michigan Room
  All members are invited to attend.
WWCGS Field Trip to State of Michigan Archives
Saturday, Oct. 14th
8:30 am to 5:30 pm
Lansing, Michigan
For thiose wishing to carpool for the drive to Lansing meet at the Livonia Senior Center at 8:30 AM. Carpool drivers will depart for drive ...
October 2017 WWCGS General Membership Meeting
Monday, Oct. 16th
6:15 pm to 8:45 pm
Livonia Civic Park Senior Center Building, 15218 Farmington Road
  5:00 PM    Room Setup (Hospitality Team welcomes volunteers to help with arranging tables & chairs.) 5:30 PM;   Pre-meeting conversation on genealogy (Bring your dinner ...

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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