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Finding Your Roots


How well do you know your family tree? Does your family have an amateur genealogist who acts as the keeper of family history and stories? Tracing our family lineage has become more popular in recent years with services like 23AndMe and, but there are a number of free ways to learn about your family history. In honor of the second Saturday in March being Genealogy Day, we’re going to look at places to trace your family history in Washtenaw County.  


Local Resources

  • Ann Arbor District Library– offers a variety of free resources, including library editions of search software and digitized versions of local newspapers going back as far as the 1930s.  


  • Chelsea Senior CenterGenealogy Help Group shares ideas and techniques on tracing your family history. The group meets every other month, will meet next on March 15th @ 1:30pm. Call the center for more information.  



  • Manchester District Library– offers free access to (must be accessed at the library). Family History guild meets throughout the school year. Call the library or visit their website for more information.


  • Milan Area Historical SocietyThe purpose of the Society is to educate, collect, and preserve data relating to the City of Milan and the surrounding area. The Friend Hack House displays local history, artifacts, and items from Milan families. It is open Sundays, 1pm to 4pm, from May through September. 


  • Milan District Library– The Milan Public Library has a collection of local history and genealogy materials (books, photographs, newspapers, yearbooks, etc.). Call (734-439-1240) or email ([email protected]) to set up a time to visit in order to assure you will be able to access any materials of interest.   



  • Saline Area Senior Center– offers recurring genealogy club ($1 fee). Bring a computer if you have one. Call the center for more information. 
    • Offering genealogy talk “Beginning Genealogy” on March 14 from 11:30am-1:00pm ($10 fee). 



  • Ypsilanti District Library– offers a variety of genealogy resources, including access to (must be accessed at the library). 
    • Genealogy and Family History Bunch- a new informal group for those interested in genealogy and family history. Will meet in person the first Tuesday evening of each month from 7-8 pm. Call the library for more information. 
    • One-on-One Genealogy Sessions- Sign up for a one-on-one genealogy session with Jean Winborn, co-founder of Washtenaw County African American Genealogy Society. Call the library or visit their website for more information. 
    • Washtenaw African American Genealogical Society (WAAGS)- meets virtually every third Saturday to helps those interested in African American Genealogy Research. For more information call the library or contact Joy Cichewicz at [email protected] 
    • Ypsilanti-Michigan Heritage Room– this setting for researching your family includes a study table, two wing-back reading chairs, a computer with internet access, a DVD player, a microfilm reader, and displays of featured collections. 


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