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Western Michigan
Genealogical Society
c/o Grand Rapids
Public Library
111 Library Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI
49503-3268
Email - wmgs@wmgs.org
 

MEETINGS & EVENTS

Meeting Calendar | Genealogy Classes | Writer's Workshops

MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

We meet at 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.

MONTHLY MEETINGS

 

 

Saturday, June 10th (1:30 p.m.)

Topic: They Didn’t All Come Through Ellis Island! Finding & Analyzing Passenger Lists

Presenter: Katherine R. Willson

If as many ancestors came through Ellis Island as families are led to believe, the island would have sunk! Learn about the multiple points of departure from Europe, ports of entry into the U.S., how to find passenger records online, and how to analyze these lists as a means of filling in your ancestors’ life stories.

Katherine R. Willson of Ann Arbor, MI is a highly acclaimed and professionally trained national public speaker. Her passion for genealogy combined with practical and creative strategies keeps her audience fully engaged and actively participating in these energetic, entertaining presentations.

 

 

Mini-Class Saturday, June 10th (12 Noon – 1:00 p.m.)

Topic: Women’s Fashion Throughout The Years

Take a trip down fashion’s memory lane and learn how women’s fashion has changed throughout time.

Instructor: Linda Guth Location: Adult Computer Lab, Lower Level

 

 

DIG
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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.

Questions, comments or program suggestions are welcome! Please contact Roger Moffat - DataMaster@wmgs.org

 
GENEALOGY CLASSES
WMGS Classes

Saturday, June 3rd at 10:00 AM

Herrick Library – Genealogy Dept Tour

 

  Let’s meet at the Herrick Library for a tour on what they have to offer.  Located on the main level of the main library, their Genealogy Dept maintains several collections of print and electronic materials useful in genealogy research.  Print resources include ship records, local cemetery records, Surname Index (Family Histories), Family File and Pioneer File folders, and the Holland Sentinel Microfilm Index.  They also offer genealogy education classes periodically as well.

 

Location:  300 S River Ave, Holland MI

 

 

Tuesday, June 6th

Time: 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

 This class will focus on tree structures, upload / download of genealogical information and the 'TreeSync' option for use with Family Tree Maker software. We will discuss the GEDCOM file structure and its use with file uploading. More that 50% of the class time will be spent covering the new Family Tree Maker version 17 feature of "FamilySync" and Ancestry trees.

 Location:  4th Floor VanderVeen Room @ the Grand Rapids Public Library

Instructor:  Bill Grinstead

 

RESEARCH TRIPS

Allen County Public Library

Western Michigan Genealogical Society’s
Bus Trip to Fort Wayne’s
Allen County Public Library

The Spring 2017 Bus trip is now history. We'll be planning another research excursion in the autumn


WMGS WRITERS GROUP

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, look here...

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 in December!

 

  *Includes Kent County and the counties immediately surrounding; namely Ottawa, Muskegon, Newaygo, Montcalm, Ionia, Barry and Allegan Counties. There is some extension beyond these counties into other areas of the Western Lower Peninsula.


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