WESTERN MICHIGAN GENEALOGICAL
c/o Grand Rapids
111 Library Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI
Email - email@example.com
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.
December 4, 2021 Virtual Meeting (1:30pm)Virtual presentation via Zoom Webinar
Click for Zoom Meeting Link
Do you have colonial New England ancestors?
Presenter: Cynthia Grostick
this class we will learn about the resources available on both sides of
the pond to help in researching your colonial ancestors.
Grostick was born and raised in Lansing, Michigan. She first
started working on her family’s history in 1995 after reviewing a
publication created by a distant cousin. Her mother’s family
settled in a small village in Michigan back in 1839, coming by covered
wagon from New Jersey and New York. Cynthia can trace several
lines of her mother’s family in the United States to the 1600s in both
New York and New England. Her father’s paternal family came to
Michigan in 1849, arriving by boat from Germany and settled in Genoa
Township, Livingston County. Her father’s maternal side arrived
in the United States from Sweden in the 1870’s, and Cynthia is able to
trace her Swedish ancestry back to the 1600’s in Sweden. Cynthia
currently serves as president, newsletter editor, NGS delegate &
backup webmaster for the Livingston County Genealogical Society and as
trustee for the Eaton County Genealogical Society. Cynthia is a
past president of the Michigan Genealogical Council as well as founder
and past president of the Stockbridge Area Genealogical/Historical
Society. Cynthia was presented with the Award of Merit from the
Federation of Genealogical Societies for her leadership role during the
Library of Michigan’s family history collection crises.
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
*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.