Our speaker this month at the GRPL is familiar to many of us. Currently the Michigan/Genealogy Coordinator at the Library of Michigan, Kris Rzepczynski has worked at the Library of Michigan for nearly 10 years. Kris will show us what can be found at Footnote.com, how to search and how to save that information. Included will be an overview the Black History Collection that contains a number of resources of interest for African-American research.

If you haven’t checked out Footnote.com yet, you are missing out on an outstanding genealogical tool. I recently discovered a new ancestral line that I had given up on a long time ago. I found a letter dated in the 1840s in a distant relative’s Revolutionary War pension file on Footnote.com. This proved a new connection for me – the PERRINE family of Monmouth County, New Jersey. Are there any relatives out there? Footnote.com is now available to use at the Grand Rapids Public Museum and is sponsored in part by WMGS.

Saturday’s Mini-Class from 12:15 to 1:15 pm, just prior to the regular membership meeting, is titled “Social Networking: How to Set Up an Account.” Jodi Tryon, Health Sciences Librarian, GVSU & Bonnie Woodman, Library Specialist will be presenting in the downstairs computer lab at the library.

Please note that our Sales table will not be at the WMGS meeting on Saturday afternoon because the team will be hauling all those goodies to the Grand Rapids Public Museum for the DTE Ethnic Heritage Festival again this year. Check out the Festival on Saturday beginning at 9AM (272 Pearl St. NW). But don’t lose track of your time. The Mini-Class starts at 12:15pm and the WMGS meeting at 1:30PM!