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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, June 9 (1:30 p.m.) (Second Saturday)
Finding Non-traditional Records
Presenter: Jessica Trotter
vital records, census records, etc. what else is out there that might
give you needed bits of information, and how do you find them? We all
know that vital records, census records, etc. are the go-tos for
genealogical information. But what else is out there that might give
you those needed bits of information, and how do you find those
records? Jessica Trotter, a trained archivist, librarian, and
genealogist, will talk about identifying additional records to look for
and offer some strategies for locating them.
Trotter is an accomplished researcher and blogger with a degree in
History from Michigan State University and a Master of Science in
Information, Archives and Records Management Specialization from the
University of Michigan. She has been researching her diverse family for
over 20 years giving her a solid foundation in African American,
British Isles, Canadian, American Midwest, and Early American research.
June Mini Class: Guide to Cemetery Research / ExplorationCemetery
research is about more than just finding where your ancestors are
buried. It can also reveal a lot of previously unknown information on
your ancestor and his or her family. Learn how to get started in
cemetery research and get the most possible information out of it.
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 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