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Western Michigan
Genealogical Society
c/o Grand Rapids
Public Library
111 Library Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI
49503-3268
Email - wmgs@wmgs.org
 

MEETINGS & EVENTS

Meeting Calendar | Genealogy Classes | Writer's Workshops

MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

We meet at 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.

MONTHLY MEETINGS

 

Our next monthly membership meeting is...

Saturday, April 7 (1:30 p.m.)

Did I REALLY Read It?

Presenter: Lori Fox


Presenter: Lori FoxToday's presentation is about reviewing your documents and reading them again line by line for information that you did not see or assumed the first time. For example, finding people with same name in same county and you follow the wrong family.

Lori Fox is an ex-secondary business teacher. She has been doing genealogy for over 30 years and is a member of several genealogical societies inside and outside of Michigan. Lori is very active with Ionia County Genealogical Society since its formation in 1997. She is also a member of the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the Association of Professional Genealogists. Lori enjoys sharing her excitement and knowledge about genealogy through a teaching format either in the classroom or at the lectern.  







April Mini Class: Using Tax Records in Genealogy

Governments have collected taxes in the United States since the colonial era. Tax records are kin to land records because residents paid taxes on land and property that they owned. Tax records can be instrumental in tracing ancestors between US census years and before the first federal census in 1790. Let’s research this valuable genealogical resource.

12 Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Lower Level Adult Computer Lab, GRPL
Instructor: Linda Guth


DIG
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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.

Questions, comments or program suggestions are welcome! Please contact Roger Moffat - DataMaster@wmgs.org

 
GENEALOGY CLASSES

Thursday, March 29, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 

The Path to Our Danish Ancestors

This class provides a foundation for Danish genealogy research. Learn the historical background of Denmark and the techniques appropriate to research families in Danish records & repositories. 

Location: VanderVeen Room – Grand Rapids Public Library
Instructor:  Mary Knudstrup

            Tuesday, April 10, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

How Swede It Is - Part 2

In How Swede It Is - Part 1 we learned about your ancestors' lives in Sweden and some reasons why they left as well as a little Swedish language and vocabulary that you'll find in the church books. Now, in Part 2, we will take a deep dive right into the church books and look at real birth, marriage, and death records, estate inventories, military records, and land maps. See how to make your ancestors' lives become real and much more than just a name and a couple of dates!

Location: VanderVeen Room, 4th Floor
Instructor:  Jill Reider



RESEARCH TRIPS

Allen County Public Library

Western Michigan Genealogical Society’s
Bus Trip to Fort Wayne’s
Allen County Public Library

The Fall 2018 trip is being planned for Tuesday and Wednesday, November 13-14. 

Watch for registration information in the coming weeks.


WMGS WRITERS GROUP

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 welcome.

For more details, look here...

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 in December!

 

  *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.


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