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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.
and charts are sold at our meetings and a "Hospitality Hour" follows.
Looking at a genealogical book on the internet? See if it’s for
sale at the WMGS sales table. Our books are sold for same price
as the Internet….but at our sales table and as a member of WMGS that
same book has a 10% discount and you don’t pay for shipping. Talk
to Lisa and Wanda about items you don’t see.
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.
February 5, 2022 Virtual Meeting (1:30pm)Virtual presentation via Zoom Webinar
Click for Zoom Meeting Link
Family History Tools for the Great Lakes State
This session will explore key Michigan online genealogy
resources, including both popular and lesser-known sites, as well as
effective search strategies for Michigan research.
Presenter: Kris Rzepczynski
Michigan is a state rich with history and a wealth of online genealogical content.
With the breadth of information available at the large databases, such as FamilySearch,
Michiganology, and Ancestry, researchers have a dizzying array of online tools and
resources to choose from.
Yet not all online content will be found at the larger databases and institutional
sites. Researchers should be prepared to look in several different online destinations to
find the information needed. Be sure to investigate the local clerk’s office, genealogical or
historical society, library, or archives, as a growing number of these organizations are
placing fantastic content online.
Senior Archivist at the Archives of Michigan, where he specializes in
family history and Michigan research, Kris has worked in the
genealogical community for nearly 20 years. He holds a Master of
Library and Information Science from Wayne State University and a
Master of Arts 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, Historical Society of Michigan, Indiana
Historical Society, and for dozens of local genealogical societies and
Vice-President of Membership for the Federation of Genealogical
Societies and a former President of the Mid-Michigan Genealogical
Society, his current memberships include the Association of
Professional Genealogists, Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan,
Western Pennsylvania Genealogical Society, and Historical Society of
WMGS Member’s Genealogy ClassCheck here for announced dated & updates.
Instructor: Linda Guth https://zoom.us/j/97799230722?pwd=MWJVT05EcjZCZ3NQN0I2NEttdXhKQT09
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.
(NO DIG MEETINGS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)
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 Next Bus Trip is scheduled for Monday - Tuesday, October 25-26 *
Registration form (PDF) now available for download at this URL
SAVE THE DATES
* subject to change depending on Fort Wayne Library conditions as we get closer.
We help and support each other's desire to write about our
families with a kind eye and lots of humor. Everyone is welcome.
Please see current information on the Writers Group page.
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