Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County

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Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County
Established 1974
Contact Info

The Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County ...

Benefits of Membership

  • Subscription to our quarterly journal, Family History Capers
  • Access to a full back run of the Family History Capers, through the the Family History Capers Index. Non members can search the index; members can link directly to the page.
  • Access to over 28 .pdf copies of cemetery readings through GSWC Cemetery Transcriptions Online (Members Only) on the GSWC website.
  • Access to indexed cemetery records -- non members can search, but only members can view the records.
  • Access to a growing collection of indexes, viewable to members only in the Washtenaw Research section.
  • Free queries in Capers, not limited to Washtenaw County connections.
  • Research assistance ($10 donation requested).
  • Networking with other genealogists
  • Eight meetings each year, with programs and classes
  • Use of the GSWCLibrary
  • A packet for new members which includes a publication list, a bibliographyof Washtenaw County resources andresearch sites, and other helpful information.
  • JOIN GSWC -- note: 'it takes 48-72 hours for your membership to activate.

History of the society

  • Established in 1974

Society Officers



Non‐members may submit queries with a reference to Washtenaw County for publication in Family History Capers at no charge. Members may submit queries for any locality. All queries are indexed for future reference.


Limited research is available on request. Send all pertinent information, including a statement of information being sought and resources previously consulted, along with a self‐addressed, stamped
envelope. A donation of $10.00 is suggested. More information here.


Through donations and purchases our library of genealogical materials is steadily growing. The collection is for reference only and is housed in The Family History Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‐Day Saints (L.D.S.), 525 East Woodland Drive, Saline, Michigan. Call (734) 944‐4789 for hours. More information here.


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  • Family History Capers, a quarterly journal, is published by the Society and distributed to all members. It contains queries, Bible records, and articles submitted by members about their family research as well as extracts and transcriptions of local records.


  • Included in Family History Capers published quarterly.
  • Contains information about meetings, programs and other information that might be useful to members.


  • The GSWC Library is housed in the Ann Arbor Family History Center, open 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Saturday. It includes
    • An extensive collection of Washtenaw County sources
    • A strong collection of Michigan material.
    • A strong collection of research reference material.
    • Material covering non Michigan localities as donated; strengh varies.
    • Use the GSWC Library catalog to determine what is available for a given topic and/or locality.
  • Indexes for records about this area
  • The GSWC Research Committee will do research on Washtenaw County residents and provide photocopies of specified pages from the library's collection.


See the GSWC Calendar for a full listing of events and meetings.

Society Meetings

  • DATE:

Fourth Sunday of each month, September through May, except the November and December meetings which are combined.

  • PLACE:

Education Center Auditorium
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital Campus
5305 Elliott Drive, Ypsilanti, Michigan

For a map to the meeting location please click here.

  • TIME:

1:30 PM – Business Meeting
2:00 PM – Program
3:00 PM – Social Break
3:15 PM – Class

Board Meetings

  • Second Tuesday at the month, at 7 p.m. Meets every month except December, and July or August. Meeting location varies. Open to all members. Information here

Nearby or Alternate Repositories

  • Bentley Historical Library Link
  • Ann Arbor District Library Link
  • Manchester District Library Link
  • Milan Public Library Link
  • Ypsilanti District Library Link
  • Ypsilanti Historical Society Archives Link
  • Saline District Library Link