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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, April 7 (1:30 p.m.)
Did I REALLY Read It?
Presenter: Lori Fox
Today's presentation is about reviewing your documents and reading them again line by line
for information that you did not see or assumed the first
time. For example, finding people with same name in same county
and you follow the wrong family.
Lori Fox is an
ex-secondary business teacher. She has been doing genealogy for
over 30 years and is a member of several genealogical societies inside
and outside of Michigan. Lori is very active with Ionia County
Genealogical Society since its formation in 1997. She is also a
member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the Association of
Professional Genealogists. Lori enjoys sharing her excitement and
knowledge about genealogy through a teaching format either in the
classroom or at the lectern.
April Mini Class: Using Tax Records in GenealogyGovernments have collected taxes in the United States since
the colonial era. Tax records are kin to land records because residents
paid taxes on land and property that they owned. Tax records can be
instrumental in tracing ancestors between US census years and before
the first federal census in 1790. Let’s research this valuable
12 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 -
Thursday, March 29, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
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
Tuesday, April 10, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
How Swede It Is - Part 2
How Swede It Is - Part 1 we learned about your ancestors' lives in
Sweden and some reasons why they left as well as a little Swedish
language and vocabulary that you'll find in the church books. Now, in
Part 2, we will take a deep dive right into the church books and look
at real birth, marriage, and death records, estate inventories,
military records, and land maps. See how to make your ancestors' lives
become real and much more than just a name and a couple of dates!
Location: VanderVeen Room, 4th Floor
Instructor: Jill Reider
Allen County Public
Michigan Genealogical Society’s
Bus Trip to Fort Wayne’s
Allen County Public Library
The Fall 2018 trip is being planned for Tuesday and Wednesday, November 13-14.
Watch for registration information in the coming weeks.
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