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111 Library Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI
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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, September 8 (1:30 p.m.) (Second Saturday)
World War 1 Women's Cards
Presenter: Diana Barrett
the week of April 27th through May 4th 1918, twenty thousand Grand
Rapids women, half the city’s female population, registered for the war
effort. One thousand registrars were trained to conduct a
twenty-to-thirty-minute interview with each woman. Her information was
recorded on a 5 X 8 card, designed and printed in Washington DC and
used nationally. Unlike the male WWI registration cards, those from the
women’s nationwide registration are a data-rich resource. The men’s
cards were saved; the women’s cards disappeared. Grand Rapids, however,
had discovered a collection of 20,000 cards housed in the Library’s
attic. Since that time, due to excellent research by genealogists and
other interested researchers, many new sources of cards, and new
information has been discovered beyond Grand Rapids and Michigan.
Barrett has been a member of the Grand Rapids Historical Commission
since 2001, and from 2009 -2011 served as its chair. Barrett also has
been responsible for the Commission’s websites, historygrandrapids.org and furniturecityhistory.org.
For her work on the websites, and research regarding the Woman’s
Committee WWI cards archived at the Grand Rapids Public Library,
Barrett has earned the Albert Baxter Award for local history in Grand
Rapids and a Historical Society of Michigan State Award in
Communications. She is currently working on a book about former Grand
Rapids Mayor George Welsh.
September Mini Class: Topic to be announced
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 -
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