Western Wayne County Genealogical Society
 


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Send an email to info@wwcgs.org with "Website Issue" in the subject line and your message will be forwarded for resolution.
 
 
What's Coming up?
April 8th - Apeil WWCGS Board Meeting - CANCELLED 
April 13th - WWCGS Transcription Guild Work Session - CANCELLED 
April 18th - Research Day at Burton Collection, Detroit Public Library - CANCELLED 
April 20th - April WWCGS General Membership Meeting - CANCELLED 
 
ALL   PLANNED   EVENTS   ARE   TENTATIVE 
DUE   TO   COVID-19   PANDEMIC
AND   STATE   OF   MICHIGAN   RESTRICTIONS.
April  2020 
Monday April 27th - WWCGS Transcription Guild Work Session
May 2020 
Saturday, May 2nd - CarPool Trip - Research Day at Michigan History Center, Lansing
Monday May 11th - WWCGS Transcription Guild Work Session
Wednesday May 13th - May WWCGS Board Meeting
Monday Mayn 18th - May WWCGS General Membership Meeting & Executive Board Elections
​June  2020 
Saturday, June 6th - Research Field Trip to Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center 
Bus trip with the Detroit Society for Genealogical Research to the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the second largest genealogical collection in the United States.
Registration. lunch options, cost ($40) and other details at dsgr.org  .
 


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.
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 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
April 2020 WWCGS Board Meeting - CANCELLE
Wednesday, Apr. 8th
6:30 pm to 8:45 pm
Livonia Civic Center Library, Michigan Room
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED   DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND THE CITY OF LIVONIA'S CLOSURE OF THE SENIOR CENTER 
WWCGS Transcription Guild - Indexing Work Session - CANCELLED
Monday, Apr. 13th
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Westland Family History Center
Contact John Mills, Project Leader, to Volunteer THIS SESSION HAS BEEN CANCELLED   DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND  THE CLOSURE OF THE WESTLAND FHC ...
Research Day Trip to Burton Historical Collection
Saturday, Apr. 18th
Main Branch of the Detroit Public Library
Attend 10:30 presentation followed by tour of Burton Collection, then personal research through the rest of the afterrnoon. THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED   DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC ...

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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