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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.
June 12, 2021 Virtual Meeting (1:30pm)Virtual presentation via Zoom Webinar
Click for Zoom Meeting Link
The 1950 US Federal Census – Are You Ready?
Presenter: Thomas MacEntee
genealogists remember the amount of excitement in April 2012 around the
release of the 1940 US Census. Following the “72 Year Rule” for records
at the National Archives, the results of the 1950 US Census will be
made public on Friday, April 1, 2022. It’s never too early to prepare
for this valuable data related to US genealogy research!
will get up to speed on the history of the 1950 US Census, why the 1950
US Census form is radically different than previous forms, and how the
data will be accessed. In addition we’ll cover what you can do NOW to
prepare for the release of the 1950 US Census as well as volunteer
projects related to indexing and finding aids. Finally, we’ll cover how
you can always get the latest information related to the release of the
1950 US Census data!
happens when a “tech guy” with a love for history gets laid off during
The Great Recession of 2008? You get me, Thomas MacEntee, a genealogy
professional who’s also a blogger, educator, author, social media
connector, marketer, network builder and more.
was laid off after a 25-year career in the information technology
field, so he started his own genealogy-related business called High
Definition Genealogy. Currently Thomas shares many of his articles and
videos for free at GenealogyBargains.com
WMGS Member’s Genealogy Class2 - 3 PM
Saturday, June 5
Researching Burial / Cemetery Records Did
you know that you can learn more about your ancestors from a visit to
their memorial? Cemeteries and the records associated with the death
and burial of the deceased are full of information that will help you
with your genealogical research. In this class, you will learn how to
get the most out of your trip to the cemetery by learning about the
types of burial records available to you & where to find them prior
to your trip. Then, we’ll go over how to plan a cemetery visit and what
to do during the visit.
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 tentatively scheduled for Monday - Tuesday, October 25-26 *
SAVE THE DATES
* subject to change depending on 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