Fred Hart Williams Genealogical Society

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Next Membership Meeting September 7, 2019

Using a member's genealogy and family history, we will correctly demonstrate how to conduct your research including pedigree charts, research tools, websites and DNA results.

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.

April 2019 Membership Meeting

April 6, 2019
Navigating Online Research Sites.  Evan Chaney -, Shaun Thomas -, Leslie Williams - Family Search, Jackie Downs -, Shirley Burke - (Pictured), Cheryl Garnett - (Pictured), Carmen Leslie-Stevens various Pan Caribbean sites, Omer Jean Winborn - various sites including 

March 2019 Local History Conference

March 23, 2019
The FHWGS workshop at Michigan In Perspective: The Local History Conference, was presented by our Immediate Past President, Leslie C. Williams and moderated by historian Jamon Jordan.  The subject was the historic meeting of John Brown and Frederick Douglass in Detroit at the home of William Webb 160 years ago. 

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