c/o Grand Rapids
111 Library Street NE
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. 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, 6 September, 2014
Common Sources In Uncommon Places
Think you've looked everywhere for that marriage date
or birthdate? Think again. This talk shows you some
uncommon places you may not have thought of for locating
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.
Saturday, 4 October, 2014
Presenter and program to be announced.
Saturday, 8 November, 2014
Saturday rather than the normal day; due to the Day of the
Becoming American: Research with Naturalization Records
Presenter: Kris Rzepczynski
Although one of the most important tools in family
history research, naturalization records can often be very
difficult to locate. This program will explore
naturalization records, the many tools available to assist
you in your research, and successful strategies to locate
citizenship records, utilizing both online and print
Currently a Senior Archivist at the Archives of Michigan,
Kris previously worked for 12 years at the Library of Michigan
as the Michigan/Genealogy Coordinator. He holds a Masters in
Library and Information Science from Wayne State University, a
Master of Arts in History from Western Michigan University, and
a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Michigan.
Kris has presented at national, state, and local conferences,
including the National Genealogical Society, Federation of
Genealogical Societies, Ohio Genealogical Society, Public
Library Association, Historical Society of Michigan, Michigan
Library Association, and for dozens of local genealogical
In addition, Kris is a member of the Board of Directors for the
Federation of Genealogical Societies and a Past President of the
Mid-Michigan Genealogical Society. His memberships also include
the Association of Professional Genealogists, Polish
Genealogical Society of Michigan, and Historical Society of
Michigan. Kris W. Rzepczynski, MLS, MA
The Fall Schedule is being developed...
Allen County Public
Michigan Genealogical Society’s
Bus Trip to Fort Wayne’s
Allen County Public Library
The Fall 2014 Bus Trip is Wednesday - Thursday,
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:
January: Inside jokes (family, etc.) “When
did Harvey get his overcoat?”
February: Bad kitchen experiences
March: Neighbors through the years
April: How has research changed since you
first started; what do you like or dislike about the
May: Describe the house you lived in that you
liked the best
June: Your greatest success
July: Your worst mistake
August: Favorite custom or tradition
September: How would you like to be
October: What have you liked the most about
November: What have you liked the least about
December: Christmas gathering
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!