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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.
Saturday, 3 January, 2015
Filling in the Blanks
Presenter: Lori Piercefield Fox
Our family trees begin with basic research:
Ask Mom and Dad who their parents and grandparents and their great-grandparents. But are names, dates, places the entire legacy we want to leave? How and where can we find the information to expand this story? What was happening in the township, county, state, or world at those dates? Let’s explore ways to answer these questions
Lori is an ex-secondary business teacher. She has
been doing genealogy for over 30 years. She is a
member of several genealogical societies inside and
outside of Michigan; and very active with Ionia
County Genealogical Society since its formation in
1997. Lori is a member of the Genealogical Speakers
Guild and the Association of Professional
Genealogists and enjoys sharing her excitement and
knowledge about genealogy through a teaching format
either in the classroom or at the lectern.
mini class - Genealogy Software Comparisons
With dozens of genealogy software programs
available to choose from, selecting the best
genealogy software for you can be a overwhelming
task. Genealogy software programs offer a wide
variety of options including the way they format
data, the types of charts & reports they produce,
their ability to help you organize your research,
and opportunities for storing photographs and
documents. Whether it is your first time or you are
looking for a replacement for your existing
genealogy software, this class may be for you.
Instructor: Linda Guth
Class will be held in the Adult Computer Lab,
Lower Level, at the Grand Rapids Public Library.
Time: Noon - 1:00 PM.
Wednesday, 12 November
Understanding and Using US Census Records
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM - Wednesday 12 November
Understanding and Using US Census Records: Census records
offer a wealth of information to the genealogical
researcher. Learn how to access, use and understand US
Census records to aide in your genealogical research.
Instructor: Bill Grinstead.
Class held in the Adult Computer Lab, Lower Level, at the
Grand Rapids Public Library
Monday, 1 December
Researching Catholic Records
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM - Monday, 1 December
Father Dennis Morrow, Pastor of SS. Peter & Paul Church
and Archivist of the Diocese of Grand Rapids, knows where
many bones are buried! He is happy to help introduce
researchers to the best procedures and etiquette to use to
gain access to records which might be of use to them in
seeking family information. Parish and institutional
sacramental records, cemetery records, where to look, where
not to bother looking, why the very item that I'm looking
for can't be found, ethnic concerns, all will be on the
table for presentation, discussion, and lots of entertaining
Class will be held in the Adult Computer Lab, Lower
Level, at the Grand Rapids Public Library.
Location: 111 Library St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Allen County Public
Michigan Genealogical Society’s
Bus Trip to Fort Wayne’s
Allen County Public Library
The Fall 2014 Bus Trip was cancelled. We are planning
a Spring trip in April. Stay tuned.
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
Topics for the year 2014 are:
November: What have you liked the least about
December: Christmas gathering
January: Describe a typical family meal during your childhood. Who, what, when and where?
February: If you could take one last trip - where would you go, what would you do, and who would you go with?
March: Are you an optimist or a pessimist? What makes you this way?
April: What are the most important books that you have read? How did they change your life?
It is requested to call Sister Michael Ellen
Carling at 616-514-3340 (new phone # as of May 2013) if you wish to attend. Please park in the
Dominican Center parking lot which is off Lakeside Drive. Use the
lower entrance on the east side of the large portico and go down the
steps or the cement ramp to enter the building. The receptionist
will direct you to the room.
Everyone is welcome to bring their latest writing
project rather than the suggested topic for the meeting. Having a
topic helps some of us jog our memories and prods us into making
sure we actually write between meetings.
group provides constructive feedback and everyone benefits.
For more details,
OTHER ACTIVITIES AT MONTHLY MEETINGS
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 in December!