Western Wayne County Genealogical Society

Legacy Family Tree Workshops

We will start our 2015-1016 year on Monday, September 21, with a presentation by Carl Katafiasz, head of adult services at the Livonia Civic Center Public Library.  Carl will review the growing genealogical collection, that many of us are not aware is located in Livonia.  Those of you who have used the fantastic genealogical collection at the Monroe County Library know aobut Carl’s dedication to collecting materials for our research.
Since Carl is a genealogist, he has an acute understanding of the type of records that we are looking for.  His concentration is on collecting records that will help us in our research.  Come and learn how Carl can help us with our favorite hobby.
Our schedule for Monday, September 21, 2015 will be:
5:30 pm          Bring your own dinner, and enjoy conversation with other members.
6:00 pm          Refreshments, Q & A, and open forum.  This is an opportunity for you to ask questions about researching and using Legacy Family        Tree.  You are encouraged to report on your research results over the summer.
7:00 pm           Karl Katafiasz, presents the genealogical collection at the Livonia Civic Center Library.
8:00 pm          Q & A and open forum.

Western Wayne County Genealogical Society Repeat of the 2014-2015 Workshops

We will repeat our very successful series of workshops on locating genealogical records, evaluating them and entering the data into Legacy Family Tree software.  These sessions will not be on our regular meeting nights

How do you answer the following questions? 

  • Are you a novice and want to learn more about your ancestors, but don’t know where to start?    

  • Do you want to learn where you can find records for those folks?   

  • Do you already have piles of records and papers and don’t know what to do with them? 

  • Do you want to learn how to enter all of your genealogical data into a software program on your computer? 

  • Are you already an accomplished genealogist, but want to learn more about research techniques and maximizing software benefits? 

  • Do you want to be able to provide your relatives with family tree charts and reports so that they can understand why you spend so much time doing genealogical research? 

If you have answered yes to any of these questions, plan on attending the workshops scheduled for next year by the Western Wayne County Genealogical Society.  The workshops will be held in classroom "A" in the Livonia Civic Center Libary.

We will be doing an actual research case study of the Henry Ford family and will provide detailed information on how and where to find records, how to evaluate them, and how to properly enter them into a reliable genealogical software program.  Records used will include: census, birth, baptism, marriage, death, cemetery, city directories, passenger lists, passport, obituaries and more.  Research techniques used for the Ford family can be used for researching any family.   We will be using Legacy Family Tree software, but help will be provided for other programs such as Family Tree Maker and RootsMagic.    

The workshops will be held in Classroom "A" in the Livonia Civic Center Library, on the following monday evenings from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm.  10/5/15/ 11/2/15, 12/7/15, 1/25/16/ 3/7/16, 4/4/16/ 5/2/16.

For members, a downloadable handout and the complete PowerPoint file for each session will be available free on our website. 

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Parkview Memorial Cemetery

May 1, 2015
As of today additional names were added to the Parkview Memorial Cemetery database. We have a total of 15,534 names up on our site. Remember this is a work in progress. Not all names in the cemetery have been read. Happy Hunting!

Upcoming Events
Board Meeting
Wednesday, Sep. 9th
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Livonia Civic Center Library (Room C)
Monthly Membership Meeting
Monday, Sep. 21st
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Livonia Senior Citizen Center
Board Meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 14th
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Livonia Civic Center Library (3rd Floor)

Michigan Research: Washtenaw County and surrounding area Bentley Historical Library, University of M
In doing one's family research, valuable sources to use are local libraries. One such library is the U of M's Bentley Historical Library. The library website can be found at http://bentley.umich.edu.
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