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MEETINGS & EVENTS
Meeting Calendar |
Genealogy Classes |
1:30 p.m. in the Ryerson Auditorium of the Grand Rapids Public Library
on the first Saturday of the month, September through June. Should the first
Saturday fall on a holiday weekend, another day will be scheduled. The June
meeting is often times changed to the 2nd Saturday. Unless a special
program, each meeting has a one-hour lecture on a genealogy related subject
by a knowledgeable speaker. Books and charts are sold at our meetings and a
"Hospitality Hour" follows.
All meetings are free and open to the public.
REMINDER: Parking is
free at the library on Saturdays.
Just make sure you validate your parking exit ticket in the machine in
the first floor lobby.
Please review our weather
cancellation policy so you'll be aware how we'll inform you when it is
necessary to cancel a meeting.
Our next monthly membership meeting is...
Saturday, January 6th (1:30 p.m.) -
Membership Meeting -
Topic: The Wives (and Lives) of the Early Dutch Pastors
Presenter: Janet Sheeres
The Christian Reformed Church in North America was founded in 1857, and
is headquartered in Grand Rapids. The lives of its pastors have been
well documented and written about. However, the stories of the wives
of these pastors have been sadly ignored in the history writings of the
church. In her recently published book For Better For Worse, Janet
Sheeres has brought some of these women out of obscurity and describes
their challenges and living conditions. Many of these stories played
out in Grand Rapids and West Michigan.
Janet Sjaarda Sheeres is an independent scholar,
genealogist, and freelance author who researches and writes on the
subject of family, church, and Dutch emigration/immigration history.
Since she began writing about thirty years ago she has published three
books, over 70 articles in various national and international
historical and genealogical journals. Janet was born in the
Netherlands, speaks fluent Dutch.
Mini-Class Saturday, January 6th (12 Noon –
Topic: Document Detective
can be helpful in giving us clues about our ancestor. Let’s
search these resources to discover what information they give us.Instructor: Linda Guth
Location: Adult Computer Lab, Lower Level
Saturday, February 3rd (1:30 p.m.) -
Membership Meeting -
Uncovering Your African American Genealogist Treasure Trove Hiding in the Attic
Presenter: Janis Minor Forté
Americans often think they don't have any genealogical or family
history information to begin their research. This lecture is designed
to dispel that myth by presenting an array of strategies, methods and
techniques to research forward. At the completion of this lecture the
participant will have developed an appreciation of his/her historical
past and the vast array of ancestral, artifacts, heirlooms, family
memorabilia and other treasures.
Janis Minor Forté is a
genealogist, writer and lecturer who has received awards and citations
for her research achievements. The granddaughter of a slave, Forté has
been researching the history of her family since the late 1970s. Using
a compilation of traditional and non-traditional sources, she has
successfully traced her maternal ancestors to 1754; and her paternal
ancestors to 1810 and has documented one line of her family to the
African Island of Madagascar.
Mini-Class Saturday, February 3rd (12 Noon –
Topic: Black Fashion History
Slide show during lunch (Noon – 1:00PM) – not a formal class.
video features some of our most beloved and popular trends, showing how
black fashion evolved since the 1920s with iconic styles inspired by
jazz, Motown and hip-hop. It also provides a look back through
black history using the lens of fashion.
Location: VanderVeen Room – Grand Rapids Public Library
Formed in 2015,
the Western Michigan Genealogical Society's DNA Interest Group
(DIG) meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month in the Grand
Rapids Public Library's VanderVeen Center on the 4th floor. Meetings are held 7 p.m.
comments or program suggestions are welcome! Please contact Roger Moffat -
Tuesday, December 5th, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
an ancestor's name on a passenger list not only provides a vital link
to the old country, but also brings to mind the uncertain journey and
many sacrifices our ancestors must have made as they left their home,
possessions, friends, and family for a new life in a new land.
Instructor: Linda Guth
Location: 4th Floor VanderVeen Room
Tuesday, January 16, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Do you have a Swedish ancestor in your family woodpile? Come and learn
about Sweden, why your ancestor left, and how to find them again in the Swedish
church records. Discover not only birth, marriage, and death records, but also
estate inventories, military service, and land maps to tell the story of your
ancestor’s life in Sweden.
Instructor: Jill Reider
Location: VanderVeen Room – Grand Rapids
Upcoming, dates and times to be announced...
Upcoming classes during Black History month African-American Genealogy. Details will be announced.
Thursday, March 29, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
The Path to Our Danish Ancestors
class provides a foundation for Danish genealogy research. Learn the
historical background of Denmark and the techniques appropriate to
research families in Danish records & repositories. Location: VanderVeen Room – Grand Rapids Public Library
Instructor: Mary Knudstrup
about the best strategies and sources to uncover your ancestors from
Ireland. This course is highly recommended for those who are
relatively new to Irish family history and wish to get to grips with
research techniques, archives and genealogical sources.Location: VanderVeen Room – Grand Rapids Public Library
Allen County Public
Michigan Genealogical Society’s
Bus Trip to Fort Wayne’s
Allen County Public Library
The Fall trip is over. We'll let you know when the next is scheduled.
The Dominican Center on the corner of East Fulton and Lakeside
Drive is the location for WMGS Writers Group workshops. We normally
meet 1:30 to 4:45 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month.
We help and support each other's desire to write about our
families with a kind eye and lots of humor. Everyone is welcome.
For more details,
OTHER ACTIVITIES AT MONTHLY MEETINGS
Refreshments: Many WMGS members are great cooks!
They share homemade cookies and other goodies with us during our social
time! Social time for gene-people is as must! Who else wants to
listen to how you found G-G-G Grandpa except another WMGS member?
If you can bring cookies, contact Joann Fast, our Hospitality Chairperson.
WMGS Book Sales: WMGS stocks quite a large number of new books
and materials for your inspection. We feel that most people want to
browse through genealogy books before they purchase. Valuable genealogy
materials are difficult to find in the normal bookstores. Got ideas?
Want to help? Let us know! Watch for our Christmas Special