Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Church Covenant Cadets 1893

I have been given permission to share this photo online by the owner of the photo. He is a descendant and the namesake of Chas. Pudrith/Pudritzky/Puderitzke. Born in Detroit on July 23, 1878. His parents were Carl Pudritzky/Puderitzke and Dorothea Bauermeister Pudritzky. They were married in Brandenburg, Germany in 1864. These are the Church Covenant Cadets of 1893: Aldrich Baxter, Arthur Langguth, Gus Ciliax, Paul Krause, Alex Lisk, Arthur KR, Harry Yager, Ed Pokorny, Chas. Pudrith and George Petersen. If you have any information on this group, please comment.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The volunteers at WayneGenWeb, MiGenWeb and USGenWeb would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Don't forget to open the door and let the new year in!

Michigan Probate Records on Family Search

Record Description: The collection consists of probate records from county courthouses in Michigan for the years 1797 to 1973. Most of the collection contains estate files. The content and time period varies by county. Some of the records date before 1837 when Michigan became a state. You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for Michigan, Probate Records, 1797-1973. https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Michigan_Probate_Records_(FamilySearch_Historical_Records)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Belle Isle Slideshow

Take a look at this wonderful collection of photos from our Belle Isle State Park. Who knew there was once an amusement park right on the island? http://www.oshnock.com/wowsl/

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from all the volunteers at WayneGenWeb, MiGenWeb and USGenWeb. BE THANKFUL AND GIVE BACK.
The photo is The City of Detroit (from Canada Shore), 1872, by A. C. Warren.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006

New index from Family Search! Michigan Obituary index and images of obituary collections organized by county or newspaper and then alphabetically. Extracted information as well as newspaper clippings are represented. The originals are housed in several libraries and repositories throughout Michigan. Some collections contain obituaries from other states and nearby regions. https://familysearch.org/search/collection/2215693

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Are you a long time genealogist? Retired? Have a few hours to spare? Perhaps it is time to do some volunteer work on the internet. Give back to the genealogical community for all the help you have received! Try some of these projects below! BILLION GRAVES FINDAGRAVE FAMILYSEARCH WORLD MEMORY PROJECT

Friday, October 17, 2014

Family Tree DNA

Discover new matches for FREE. Family Tree DNA is offering free upload now and you can see 20 matches and if you get several people to upload with the share you can unlock the rest for free. Might be worth a try if you have used 23andMe or AncestryDNA? Transfer your 23andMe©(V3) or AncestryDNA™ today and join the world's largest genetic genealogy database. https://www.familytreedna.com/AutosomalTransfer

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Uniquely Detroit: Famous Detroiters' homes

Looking to see some of the famous Detroiters' homes? Click on this video and watch! Malcolm X, Tom Selleck and more...... http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/live-in-the-d/uniquely-detroit-famous-detroiters-homes/29115432

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A peek inside Beth Olem Cemetery

Read this and view the photos of the Beth Olem Cemetery in Detroit, Michigan. On the grounds of the GM Plant. http://modeldmedia.com/features/Beth-Olem-GM-092314.aspx

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Genealogy on Facebook List has an update!

You can find her latest list on her website at: http://socialmediagenealogy.com/genealogy-on-facebook-list/ Katherine R. Willson of Ann Arbor, MI is a highly acclaimed and professionally trained national public speaker. She gives keynote addresses and conference presentations, facilitates workshops and conducts training on the topics of genealogy, art and military family support.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Billion Graves

Has anyone found any ancestors yet on Billion Graves? I am impressed by this website. They seek volunteers to take photos of the graves with their Smart Phone app and upload it to Billion Graves. Volunteers at home on their computers complete the transcription and it is now in the index. This covers the whole world! Please consider snapping a few photos the next time you are visiting at graveside and upload. You must have the app already on your device before sending! Billion Graves Link

Monday, July 28, 2014

Collections Indexed at Family Search

If you are wondering what has been indexed for Michigan at Family Search, take a look at the Collections Indexed. Click here to see the list. Presently there are 13 indexed collections for Michigan. They are working on the Herrick Obituary Index, so that one should be next.
 Michigan, Births and Christenings, 1775-1995
 Michigan, Births, 1867-1902
 Michigan, County Marriages, 1820-1935
 Michigan, Death Certificates, 1921-1952
 Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996
 Michigan, Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995
 Michigan, Deaths, 1867-1897
 Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954
 Michigan, Eastern District, Naturalization Index, 1907-1995
 Michigan, Marriages, 1822-1995 1,908,148
 Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925 1,533,863
 Michigan, Probate Records, 1797-1973 Michigan, State Census, 1894

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Colorized Historical Photographs--Better than ever!

Have you noticed this new trend of colorized historical photography? Black and white photos have always been colorized, my great-grandfather ran a Photography Studio in Erie, Pennsylvania. He would take the photos downtown and have someone tint them. This was the beginning of a trend that is still being done to this day. I am loving all the famous photos I see online that have been colorized by experts. CLICK HERE to see some great ones!
The pictured photo is from Louisville, Kentucky, 1937 (Photo credit: Sanna Dullaway) Ready to try and colorize your old black and white family photos? Go to Youtube, they have many tutorials available to get you started.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Wayne County Message Board

Got a question? Try asking the helpful folks on the Wayne County Message Board! CLICK HERE

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Wanderlust Polska 2014

Your webmaster for WayneGenWeb spent 3 weeks in Poland on a Genealogical Research Project. The company she hired for guides and translation services was Polish Origins. Please point your browser here to read the daily blog of her travels: Polish Origins

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Sketchbook by Roz Chast

SKETCHBOOK BY ROZ CHAST Roz Chast, a New Yorker cartoonist since 1978, is the author of the graphic memoir “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?,” which will be published in May. Read an excerpt, it's brilliant.