Western Wayne County Genealogical Society

Legacy Family Tree Workshops

The final Legacy Family Tree Workshop will be held on Monday, May 18, 2015.  Doors open at 5:30 PM.   Refreshments will be served at 5:30 PM.   For those who wish to, please bring a bag dinner and join us at 5:30 pm for dinner.  Last month was the first time we tried this and it offered us a great chance to get to know each other better and discuss genealogy among other things.  If you don't want to bring dinner then please feel free to grab a cookie or what ever the refreshment for the evening is and join us for conversation.
The topics for the evening will be:
  • Finding, evaluating and entering military data into Legacy.
  • Finding, evaluating and entering data from City Directories into Legacy.
  • Election of officers for the 2015-2016 year.
The handouts for the topics have been posted on the Members section of the website, under "2014-15 Workshop Handouts".
The workshop will be starting promptly at 6:30 PM.
  1. Doors open and dinner at 5:30 pm
  2. Q & A from 6:00 to 6:30 pm
  3. Election of officers for the 2015-2016 year
  4. Workshop starts promptly at 6:30 pm
  5. Additional Q & A about 8:30 pm

Western Wayne County Genealogical Society Meeting Format for 2014-2015 

As many of you are aware, for one year only, we will be changing the Western Wayne County Genealogical Society monthly meetings to a workshop-lecture format.  This series of workshop-lectures will provide our members with entertaining and informative new insight into researching, evaluating and recording your family tree data, and making sense out of all of the records you have or will collect. 

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 at our regularly scheduled meetings starting 15 September 2014 and ending May 2015 in the Livonia Civic Park Senior Center.  There is no meeting in December. 

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.    

For members, a downloadable handout and the complete PowerPoint file for each session will be available free on our website; for non-members, a charge of $5.00 per handout, per session will be available at the meetings, providing that they pre-order them.  

If you will be using another genealogy software program, we would like to know what software you will be using so that we will be ready to answer your questions.    

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As soon as we receive confirmation of payment, you will receive an email from us within a few days with information on how to access the "Members Only" portion of our website.



NonMembers Can Reserve Their Space For The WWCGS 2014-2015 Program by Emailing info@wwcgs.org.        


NonMembers can pre-order copies of the PowerPoint handouts, which can be picked up at each workshop/meeting.  The cost will be $5.00/session.  Members can download the handouts as well as the complete PowerPoint presentation at no charge.  We feel that in order to get the full benefit from the workshop that you should have the handouts.



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)
Board Meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 14th
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Livonia Civic Center Library (3rd Floor)
Board Meeting
Tuesday, Nov. 10th
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Livonia Civic Center Library (Room C)

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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