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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, November 10 (1:30 p.m.) (Second Saturday)
Tracking a Population:
How the Swedish Lutheran Church kept tabs on everyone in Sweden (and America!)
Presenter: Jill Pearson Reider
you wish you had a continuous record of your ancestors in America
instead of a snapshot every ten years and hunting for anything you can
find in between to fill in the gaps? Come and find out how the Swedish
Lutheran Church kept track of its parishioners from the day they were
born until the day they died, including baptisms, marriages, household
examinations, moving into and out of the parish, and death. They are a
genealogist’s dream come true! You’ll be searching your own family tree
hoping to find a Swede in there!
Pearson Reider has been researching her family roots since her
twenties. Her mother’s roots are deep in early America with Dutch
ancestors who settled in New Amsterdam (Manhattan), Germans who settled
in the Germanna Colony in Virginia, as well as many other early 18th
century settlers from England and Germany. Her father’s parents both
emigrated from Sweden, and she has embraced her Swedish heritage by
learning to speak Swedish, learning Scandinavian folk dancing, and
researching her Swedish roots in the Swedish church archives and
through numerous trips to Sweden to visit with cousins who still live
on the family farms. Jill is also a member of the Board of Directors
for the Swedish American Heritage Society of West Michigan and a member
and volunteer with the Swedish American Museum in Chicago. She is a
member of the Western Michigan Genealogical Society and has written
numerous articles for the quarterly, Michigana. She enjoys helping
others discover their own roots, Swedish or otherwise!
November Mini Class: How to use American Ancestors, online at the library
- Search a wide range of databases including cemetery records, court and probate records, census lists, and more
12 Noon - 1:00 p.m.
- From the New England Historical Society and primarily searches the whole of the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada
Location: Lower Level Adult Computer Lab, Grsand Rapids Public Library
Instructor: Sue Rabick
Saturday, December 1 (1:30 p.m.)
Bringing Your Ancestors to Life with Archival Resources
Presenter: Julie Tabberer
how to use archival collections to go beyond basic facts and dates and
learn more about who your ancestors were. Julie Tabberer will
illustrate how to think creatively and find primary sources that may
contain unexpected information. Archives hold unique and rich material
that can be particularly helpful for researching women and people of
color. Using the archives at the Grand Rapids Public Library as an
example, Julie will give you tips and guidelines for using archival
records for genealogy research in any geographic area.
Tabberer is a librarian and head of the Grand Rapids History &
Special Collections department at the Grand Rapids Public Library. She
holds a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from Wayne
State University. Julie enjoys all things related to local history,
especially digging for clues to puzzles. She is passionate about making
the story of Grand Rapids available to everyone, and is working on
advancing the digital accessibility of the library's archival
interests cover a wide range. She is currently attempting to track down
her great-great-great grandfather, William Darby, and discover if he
came to North America from England or Ireland. Julie also works to
uncover the often hidden role of women in Grand Rapids' history,
especially in the furniture industry and around Prohibition. In her
free time, she and her spouse, Pete, chase after their preschooler
while hiking, camping and taking in as much of ArtPrize as possible.
December Mini Class: Topic to be announced12 Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Lower Level Adult Computer Lab, GRPL
Instructor: Linda Guth
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 -
Family Tree Maker 2017 Interactive Presentation (via Skype)
Friday, Nov 16th at 3PM
Brief history of Software MacKiev involvement with Family Tree Maker
New features of FTM 2017
- Photo Darkroom™
- FamilySearch Integration
- Color Coding
- Saved Filtered Lists
- Sync Weather Report
Moving to FTM 2017
- Using FTM 2017 for the first timE
- Upgrading to FTM 2017 from prior version
- Moving trees over to the new version
FTM 2017 Free Update
- How to get this and install
- Who should get this
Family Book Creator Plug in Partner Product
- Creating Books
Charing Companion 7 - DNA edition
- How it works with Family Tree Maker
- DNA chaRRts
Questions & Answers Session
Date / Time: Friday, Nov 16th at 3PM
Location: VanderVeen Room
Instructor: Mark Olsen
Mark Olsen is the Family Tree Maker Ambassador to historical
and genealogical societies around the world working to support their
members as they use Family Tree Maker. Mark is a graduate of
Brigham Young University and holds a bachelor's degree in Family
History with a Spanish records emphasis. He has been working in the
genealogy industry since 2007.
Allen County Public
Michigan Genealogical Society’s
Bus Trip to Fort Wayne’s
Allen County Public Library
The Fall 2018 trip is Tuesday and Wednesday, November 13-14.
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