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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 9th (1:30 p.m.)
Membership Meeting - Topic:
Naturalization Records Online!: The Archives
of Michigan & FamilySearch
Archives of Michigan and FamilySearch are
partnering to digitize hundreds of thousands of
Michigan naturalization records. With the
assistance of the Michigan Genealogical Council
and researchers like you, the index will
ultimately be made available at both
FamilySearch and Seeking Michigan, while the
images themselves will be available exclusively
www.seekingmichigan.org. This program will
cover the ins and outs of the indexing process
and detail the current status of the project.
A Senior Archivist at the Archives of Michigan,
where he specializes in family history and
Michigan research, Kris previously worked for a
number of years at the Library of Michigan as
the Michigan/Genealogy Coordinator. He holds a
MLIS from Wayne State University and a MA in
History from Western Michigan University. Kris
has presented at national, state, and local
conferences, including the Federation of
Genealogical Societies, National Genealogical
Society, Ohio Genealogical Society, and for
dozens of local genealogical societies and
public libraries. He is also a former
Vice-President of Membership for the Federation
of Genealogical Societies and a Past President
of the Mid-Michigan Genealogical Society.
Mini-Class Saturday, September 9th (12 Noon –
is the Census of Agriculture and how can we
The Census of Agriculture is a complete
count of U.S. farms & ranches and the people
who operated them. It is taken once every 5
years, beginning back in 1840. Let’s learn
about this census and how we can find out
more about our farmer ancestors.
Instructor: Linda Guth
Computer Lab, Lower Level
Monday, September 25th 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Hidden Treasures in Your Libraries, Museums
and Archives Are you looking for new
research resources? Discover the much
overlooked resources in Michigan and around
the world in “All types of Repositories”
when doing genealogical or family history
research. Tap into these resources and fill
your genealogical arsenal with a new
treasure trove of forgotten collections
created to document life events over
centuries of time and preserved for
posterity in a variety of ways.
Instructor: Claire Brisson-Banks (http://clairebrissonbanks.com)
Location: 4th Floor VanderVeen Room
NOTICE: Beginning on Tuesday, September
12th, we will be having very basic, beginner
Genealogy classes (held weekly, on
Tuesdays). The topics for each day is still
being finalized. Watch for news on dates and
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 -
Saturday, June 3rd
at 10:00 AM
Herrick Library – Genealogy
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,
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
Allen County Public
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
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