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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

 

Saturday, October 1st (1:30 p.m.)

Topic: Maps, Gazetteers and Directories

Presenter: Shirley Gage Hodges

Maps, gazetteers and directories are one of the many avenues of research available to the genealogist. Sometimes they aren't used as much as they should be because we don't realize what a treasure trove of information is hidden in these sources. By using these fascinating resources we can learn more about our ancestors. To truly understand our ancestors we must learn how and where they lived. Using maps, gazetteers and directories can help us fill in the details between the cradle and the rocking chair and tell the complete story of our ancestor's lives.

Shirley Gage Hodges has been actively doing genealogical research since 1967. She has taught genealogy classes and seminars – both for the novice and advanced genealogist – in the U. S. and Canada since 1994. She has also been a guest lecturer for several college-level programs. Although she specializes in tracing your female ancestors she covers a wide variety of topics for both the novice and advanced genealogist. Her interest in sharing her love of genealogical research and her sense of humor has delighted audiences. Shirley served as President of the Genealogical Speakers Guild from 2006-2010. She is a member of numerous state and local societies. She became a columnist for The Global Gazette in June 2006.


 

Mini-Class Saturday, October 1st (12 Noon – 1:00 p.m.)

WHY JOIN A GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY? Saturday, October 1, 2016 Noon – 1:00 PM
Location: Adult Computer Lab, Lower Level, at the Grand Rapids Public Library
Instructor: Linda Guth

Every genealogical society is different - some are local, some regional, some national, some ethnic, etc. They all offer a range of features and services. Let’s find out what a “typical” Genealogical Society usually offers to its members.

 

 

Saturday, November 5th (1:30 p.m.)

Topic: Colonial Research in America

Presenter: Karen Krugman

Karen's talk on Colonial Records focuses on the records of the colonial period of our country - what they are, where to find them, what to expect when searching for them. If you have ancestors here in the states during those formative years this talk will address your concerns about researching in that time frame.

Karen Krugman has been researching since 1990, and professionally since 1998. She enjoys the challenge of Lineage Society research. Since 2002 she has been speaking to genealogy groups in the metro Detroit area as well as other areas of Michigan & Ohio. Her talks are given with a humorous spin that is unique to her. Societies she has held positions in include: research chair for the Detroit Society for Genealogical research, past Registrar of the Michigan UDC chapter, past president of the Ford Genealogy Club, a member of the Oakland County Genealogy Society and a six year volunteer at the Library of Michigan. She has written five books based on her family history research and was co-author of The Ford Family Cemetery book, which includes photos and other information on the cemetery where auto pioneer Henry Ford is buried. Currently Karen resides in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

 

Mini-Class Saturday, November 5th (12 Noon – 1:00 p.m.)

To be announced

 

 

 

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
WMGS Classes

Saturday, September 17, 2016

MICHIGAN GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES:  1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: 4th Floor, VanderVeen Center Conference Room, Grand Rapids Public Library
Instructor: Linda Guth

Genealogical societies provide products and services needed by members, such as education and training, research aid, exchange of knowledge, etc. Let’s learn about what Genealogical / Historical societies are in Michigan and what they have to offer.
 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Prepare for Allen County Public Library Road Trip: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Location: Adult Computer Lab, Lower Level, at the Grand Rapids Public Library
Instructor: Sue Irvine

The Allen County Public Library has one of the largest research collections available, incorporating records from around the world. Our presenter will show you how to prepare for research for this awesome WMGS road trip coming up November 16-17.
 

 

RESEARCH TRIPS

Allen County Public Library

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

The Fall Bus trip is scheduled for Wednesday - Thursday, November 16-17, 2016
Full information and Registration is now available. Download this form...

Start now preparing for your research visit at www.genealogycenter.org


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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