Gail D. Hershenzon

Novi, Michigan 48377

Phone: 248 (960-9280)



Award of Merit given by the Federation of Genealogical Societies in 2009


Cemetery research


  • Dos and Don'ts of Cemetery Research
  • Detroit's Historical Woodmere Cemetery (lecture or tour)
  • Ethics and Etiquette in Genealogy Research

  • Speaking Conditions:

  • I will bring my own laptop for the PowerPoint presentations. I can bring a projector and projector screen if your organization does not have them.
  • I provide all handouts.
  • My books will be available for purchase.
  • Contact me concerning fees and overnight accommodations.

  • Previous Engagements:

  • Dearborn Genealogical Society
  • Family History Festival (The Burton Collection, Detroit Public Library)
  • Farmington Genealogical Society
  • Northville Genealogical Society
  • Abrams Genealogy Seminar, Library of Michigan
  • Grosse Pointe Library
  • Detroit Society for Genealogical Research
  • Western Wayne County Genealogical Society
  • Detroit Historical Society
  • Ford Genealogical Club
  • Daughters of the American Revolution
  • Irish Genealogical Society of Michigan
  • Greenwood Villa
  • Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County
  • Michigan Genealogical Council
  • Elgin (Illinois) Genealogical Society
  • Preservation Wayne
  • Dearborn Historical Museum
  • Northwest Detroit Polish American Historical Society
  • Southgate Rotary Club
  • Downriver Retirees Personnel
  • Martenson Funeral Home
  • McMillin Tours
  • Guardian Lutheran Church (Dearborn)
  • Preservation Detroit
  • Lyon Township Public Library
  • Bloomfield Township Senior Services
  • Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan
  • Salem-South Lyon District Library
  • Lincoln Park Museum
  • Salem Area Historical Society

  • Bio:

    Now a retired elementary teacher, Gail is also a genealogist, author, and speaker. She has volunteered at Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery since 2003, assisting others who are researching their family trees by using information found in the cemetery records. As Woodmere’s historian, she conducts tours of the cemetery and gives presentations about Woodmere and about cemetery research to genealogy societies, and church and civic groups. She has authored two books with Arcadia Publishing: “Detroit’s Woodmere Cemetery” and “Michigan Memorial Park.”
    She developed and maintains a website,, which provides researchers with free online access to Woodmere’s records, blogs about genealogy, and maintains a list of Michigan resources that may benefit the researcher. Gail is a past vice-president/program chair of the Dearborn Genealogical Society, and has done research for the PBS television show, the History Detectives. In 2009, she was the recipient of the Award of Merit presented by the Federation of Genealogical Societies.

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