Adam OsterOur next monthly meeting:

Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 1:30 pm in the Ryerson Auditorium, Grand Rapids Public Library

Topic this month: Traffic Violations, Criminal Complaints and Marriages: Records of a Justice of the Peace

Justices of the Peace served as local magistrates empowered primarily to administer summary justice in minor cases, to commit for trial, and to administer oaths and perform marriages. Using the records of former Paris Township Justice of the Peace Earl H. Keyes, discover the role in which the justices played in local courts. See examples of records from the collection and learn how you can use them for researching your family’s history.

Adam Oster is a librarian at the Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch of Kent District Library. His responsibilities include providing reference services, readers advisory, outreach as well as computer class design and instruction. Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Grand Valley State University with a minor in Political Science and Secondary Education Certification. He also has a Master of Library Science degree from Indiana University. Adam’s interests include genealogy and local history research.

Mini-Class Saturday, December 3rd (12 Noon – 1:00 p.m.)

Topic: How to Begin Doing Genealogy

New to Genealogy? Does it seem overwhelming? Learn the first steps to begin.

Instructor: Linda Guth
Location: GRPL Lower Level Computer Lab