Fred Hart Williams Genealogical Society

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Next Membership Meeting October 5, 2019

PRESENTER: Cheryl Garnett
Board member Cheryl Garnett will discuss her research into her family history and how four diffent branches of her family tree escaped enslavement on the underground railroad and found freedom in Ontario Canada.

September 2019 Membership Meeting

September 7, 2019
Our September meeting topic was Genealogy 101 A Case Study: Evan Chaney.  Omer Jean Winborn and Evan Chaney took us though the step-by-step process of researching Evan's family history including completing pedigree charts, research tools, websites and DNA results.  This was Part 1 of the presentation to be continued at the February 2020 meeting.

From The National Archives - Refining Your Search


June 2019 Karl Hamilton Field Trip

 Lenawee County Historical Museum
Black Fire Winery
June 8, 2019
This year the annual Karl Hamilton Field Trip was to the Lenawee County Historical Museum and the Black Fire Winery.  At the museum, we viewed the exhibit, Anti-Slavery and the Underground Railroad in Lenawee County.  Historian Ray Lennard guided us through the exhibit and gave us a bus tour of sites in Lenawee County related to the Underground Railroad.  We ended the trip at the Black Fire Winery, the only African-American owned winery in Michigan.  Owner Michael Wells, talked about his background and the realization of his dream of owning a winery.

May 2019 Membership Meeting

May 4, 2019 
At our annual meeting the election of officers was held, the 40th anniversary book committee held one-on-one submission reviews and the state clubs committee provided online research tips.  Special thanks to Lillian R. Holland for serving on the FHWGS Board of Directors for seven terms (pictured at the sign-in table).

Michigan Genealogical Council Recognition

The Fred Hart Williams Genealogical Society was honored by the Michigan Genealogical Council at thier May 2, 2019 Delegate meeting in recognition of our upcoming 40th Anniversary
  Pictured l-r: Katherine Wilson, President of MGS, Omer Jean Winborn, MGC Delegate & FHWGS V.P., Shaun Thomas, FHWGS President, Barbara Curtindale, MGC Awards Chair.
Photo courtesy of Rodger Moffat, Michigan Genealogical Council 

Finding Your Roots Screening & Panel Discussion

April 11, 2019  
Finding Your Roots Screening and Panel Discussion presented by Detroit Public TV at the Detroit Public Library.  Pictured: Dr. Deborah Abbott (panelist/professional genealogist), Leslie C. Williams (moderator/Immediate Past President FHWGS),  De Witt S. Dykes Jr.,(panelist/associate professor & first president of FHWGS). Also pictured sisters of actress, S. Epatha Merkerson who was featured in the episode.

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