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Learn about the work of the Washtenaw County African American Genealogy Society from founder and Co-Chair, Cheryl Garnett. Ms. Garnett also discusses special issues regarding genealogy for people with African American ancestry, shares some of her experiences in the African American genealogy community, and recounts some of her ancestral history.



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Cheryl Garnett

Cheryl Garnett is a retired Administrator of the Veterans Hospital, mother of five children, and grandmother of fifteen grandchildren. Ms. Garnett graduated from Cass Technical High School in Detroit, and received her Bachelors of Science and Masters degree from Eastern Michigan University. Ms. Garnett is on the board of the Fred Hart Williams Genealogical Society, the Washtenaw County Genealogical Society, and is the founder and co-chair of the Washtenaw County African American Genealogical Society. She is the author of My Grandma’s Magic Purse, has been featured in articles in Current Magazine and BLAC Magazine, and has been featured on the radio and in podcasts by Michigan Radio, WEMU-FM Ypsilanti, and public radio in England, speaking about DNA Testing Results for African Americans. Most of all, she is a seriously seasoned genealogist, especially when it comes to her Canadian Ancestors.

Log Cabin Built by John Freeman Walls, the Walls historical marker, and the Walls Cabin road sign. Click the arrows to enlarge and scroll through the photos.

The Garel family from the 1890s through the 1950s (with family tree). Click the arrows to enlarge and scroll through and read the captions.

“My Grandma’s Magic Purse,” by Cheryl Garnett.