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July 26, 2018

SVSU's community writing centers to host family history research workshops in Bay City, Saginaw

Community members eager to dive deep into records revealing their family history — and anxious to record those findings for future generations — are in luck.

Saginaw Valley State University's community writing centers in Bay City and Saginaw next month will host free workshops to guide participants through extensive genealogical research of their family lineages. The sessions also will involve advising attendees on how best to document those discoveries.

The Bay Community Writing Center will kick off the "Writing Your Family History" workshop series Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Alice and Jack Wirt Public Library, 500 Center Ave. in Bay City.

The Saginaw Community Writing Center will host the second workshop the following week. That session is scheduled Tuesday, Aug. 14, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Butman-Fish Branch Library, 1716 Hancock in Saginaw.

Both sessions are open to the public.

The workshops will be led by tutors from SVSU’s Writing Center — a writing assistance service housed at the university — as well as staff from the participating libraries.

The Bay and Saginaw community writing centers are operated in part by SVSU's Writing Center staff members, who help residents during scheduled sessions at local libraries. The community writing centers were established through partnerships with the Bay Area Community Foundation as well as the Saginaw Community Foundation. 

For more information about the "Writing Your Family History" workshops or the community writing centers' regularly scheduled sessions, visit