Western Wayne County Genealogical Society

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What's Coming up?
March 2018
Wednesday, March 14:  March 2018 WWCGS Board Meeting
6:30 pm to 8:45 pm                All members are invited to attend.
Livonia Civic Center Library, Michigan Room
Thursdays, 15th and 22nd   WWCGS Dona Donation Project Team
                                  Livonia Civic Center Library, Third Floor
   2:00 PM - 4:00PM    Project Work Session
Saturday, March 17:  Farmington Genealogical Society Seminar 
8:30 am to 4:00 pm     Colen Auditorium, Zieger A&E Center, Beaumont Building
​                                      28050 Grand River, Farmington Hills
​                                      see www.mifarmgs.org for details
Monday, March 19:  March 2018 WWCGS General Membership Meeting
6:15 pm to 8:45 pm
Livonia Civic Park Senior Center Building, 15218 Farmington Road
Featured Speaker:  Linda Last
Topic: Passenger Lists & Steve Morse One-Step
Linda Last holds a BS Math Degree, from St. Bonaventure University and MS Degree in Information & Computer Sciences, from Georgia Tech. Linda started her family research in college, continuing with her hands-on research in England, Scotland and Pennsylvania. As a member of NGS since 2002, Linda has been the Education coordinator for 14 yrs., doing internal classes (14 yrs.), beginning genealogy (10 yrs.) intermediate genealogy (3yrs.), and managing roundtables at the NGS meeting (6 yrs.).
5:00 PM    Room Setup (Hospitality Team welcomes volunteers to help with arranging tables & chairs.)
5:30 PM    Early Bird Special: Bring your dinner & engage with members
6:15 PM    Announcements & Pre program Round Table
7:30 PM    Main Program
Saturday, March 24:  41st Annual Genealogical Society
                                      of Monroe County Spring Seminar 
                                      The Old Mill, Dundee, Michigan
8:00 am to 9:00 am     Registration
9:00 am to 3:30 pm     Seminar
​                                      see gsmcmi.org for details

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.
(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
2018 Genealogical Society of Monroe County Annual Sping Seminar
Saturday, Mar. 24th
8:00 am to 3:30 pm
The Old Mill, Dundee
Genealogical Society of Monroe County 41st Annual Spring Seminar at the Old Mill in Dundee, MI Saturday, March 24, 2018 Featuring Dan Fantore See  ...
April 2018 WWCGS Board Meeting
Wednesday, Apr. 11th
6:30 pm to 8:45 pm
Livonia Civic Center Library, Michigan Room
  All members are invited to attend.
April 2018 General Membership Meeting
Monday, Apr. 16th
6:15 pm to 8:45 pm
Livonia Civic Center Senior Center
  Featured Speaker:  Don Hengen Topic: Lesser Used Search Options in FindAGrave   5:00 PM    Room Setup (Hospitality Team welcomes volunteers to help with ...

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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