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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.
No regular Meetings schuduled in July & August.
September 11, 2021 Virtual Meeting (1:30pm)Virtual presentation via Zoom Webinar
Click for Zoom Meeting Link
Beyond Ancestry.com: Searching for your ancestors online.
Presenter: Claudia Breland Ancestry.com
is one of the largest genealogy databases on the internet today, and
they have the advertising dollars to make themselves known.
However, there are many, many other online resources (most of them
free) that can supplement the information you have on your family and
fill in the missing puzzle pieces. We’ll talk about census
records, vital records, online newspapers, state archives and
libraries, cemetery records, military records, and more.
Breland began researching her family in 1974, after she received family
papers from her paternal grandfather. She became a professional
genealogist in 2009 and has had clients from around the world, and has
lectured in Western Washington, Canada and at the National Genealogical
Society conference. She’s written two books on genealogical research
and has transcribed and published two volumes of her grandfather’s
journals; she has also published a family history for one of her
clients. She is an avid user of DNA, and has worked on several unknown
parent & grandparent cases. Claudia recently broke a 45-year brick
wall, using DNA genetic networks, finding a black sheep 2nd great
grandfather who deserted during the Civil War, and discovering a motive
for murder in the death of her 2nd great-grandmother in 1883.
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