Western Wayne County Genealogical Society

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What's Coming up?
​March 2020 
Wednesday, March 4th    Deadline for Submitting Member's DNA Survey
Saturday, March 7th - Car Pool Research Trip to Bentley Historical Library, Ann Arbor
                  8:15am - Car Poolers Meet at Livinia Senior Center Parking Lot
                  9:00am - Arrive at Bentley Library for Building's Opening 
                12:45pm - Depart Library (Note: Library Closes at 1:00pm on Saturdays)
Monday, March 9th, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
WWCGS Transcription Guild - Indexing Work Session
Westland Family History Center
Contact John Mills, Project Leader, to Volunteer
Wednesday, March 11th6:30 pm to 8:45 pm
March 2020 WWCGS Board Meeting
Location: Livonia Civic Center Library
Monday, March 16th, 6:15 pm – 8:45 pm
March 2020 General Membership Meeting
Livonia Civic Center Senior Center Card Room
     5:00 PM    Room Setup 
           (Hospitality Team welcomes volunteers to help arrange tables & chairs.)
     5:30 PM    Early Bird Special: Bring your dinner & engage with members
     6:15 PM    Call to Order; Announcements, Roundtable Discussions
     7:30 PM    Featured Speaker
Saturday, March 21st, 8:00 am to 3:30 pm
Genealogical Society of Monroe County
42nd Annual Spring Seminar
 Saturday, March 21, 2020
Monroe County Community College
Featuring Kristine Smets
Topics include: Immigration from Belgium, the Netherlands & Luxembourg to North America
How to Find US Immigration and Naturalization Records          
An Introduction to Researching your Belgian, Dutch or Luxembourg Ancestors       
Going Beyond, Using Other Records to Tell Your Ancestors’ Story    
More Details & Registration Form  at gsmcmi.org 
Monday, March 23rd, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
WWCGS Transcription Guild - Indexing Work Session
Westland Family History Center
Contact John Mills, Project Leader, to Volunteer
Tentative Dates for Car-Pool-Day-Trips 
Saturday, April 4th - Burton Collection, Detroit Public Library
Saturday, May 2nd - Michigan History Center, Lansing

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 2019-2020, 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
Research Day Trip to Bentley Historical Library
Saturday, Mar. 7th
8:15 am to 1:30 pm
Bentley Historical Library, Ann Arbor
                  8:15am - Car Poolers Meet at Livinia Senior Center Parking Lot         ...
WWCGS Transcription Guild - Indexing Work Session
Monday, Mar. 9th
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Westland Family History Center
Contact John Mills, Project Leader, to Volunteer
March 2020 WWCGS Board Meeting
Wednesday, Mar. 11th
6:30 pm to 8:45 pm
Livonia Civic Center Library, Michigan Room
All members invited to attend.

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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