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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, May 7th (1:30 p.m.)
The Buckeye State: Researching Your Ohio
Presenter: Kris Rzepczynski
This session, aimed
at researchers whose ancestral trails extend to
and from Ohio, will provide an overview of the
rich and abundant genealogical resources
available in print and online.
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
Mini-Class Saturday, May 7th (12 Noon –
Finding Living Relatives
Other than asking your immediate relatives,
how else can you find living relatives? Many
living relatives, most of whom you have never
met, all form part of your extended family. They
may have that elusive photo or document that
you're looking for. We will discuss various ways
to find your living relatives.
Instructor: Linda Guth
Location: Grand Rapids Public Library, Adult
Computer Training Center, lower level.
Saturday, June 11th (1:30 p.m.)
Civil War Sources
Presenter: John Urschel
will be on how I research the sourcebooks and
how I evaluate what I find. We will also delve
into my research into the Michigan graves at
Andersonville National Cemetery and Gettysburg
and the veracity thereof and corrections
thereto. There will be a bit of music and lots
of pictures and time for questions. And I will,
no doubt, bemoan the fact that with 33,000
soldiers in my database, I don’t have the time
to dive headlong into the type of genealogical
research that you do.
About Mr. Urschel:
"I was born in Miamisburg, Ohio, a sickly child,
one of the first open heart surgery patients in
the state. Oh wait…all true but, wrong bio."
B.A. in History and
an M.A. in Public History from Wright State
University (Fairborn, Ohio.) Former Security
Supervisor, Small Computer Business Owner,
Musician, Pinkerton Detective, Records Manager
and Archivist for South Bend and St. Joseph
County Indiana, and former Information Manager
for the City of Kalamazoo. Sort of retired.
Author of the Michigan Boys in Blue Series of 10
sourcebooks, 2 other history books, and
Executive Producer of "Kalamazoo 1884" a
documentary film. Complete series of Michigan
Boys in Blue have been purchased by the U of M
Bentley Library, WMU Archives and Public
Libraries of: Detroit, Kalamazoo, Portage, Van
Buren District, Three Oaks and Buchanan.
Mini-Class Saturday, June 11th (12 Noon –
to be advised... watch for more
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.
comments or program suggestions are welcome! Please contact Roger Moffat -
Monday, April 11, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
How to Speed Up Your Computer
Trying to research your family, but your computer is slower than
molasses? Learn why this might be happening & what steps to take
to speed it up. Bring your laptop with you to the class.
Instructor: Linda Guth
Location: Grand Rapids Public Library,
VanderVeen Room, 4th floor.
Monday, May 16, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Finding Your Ancestors through Obituaries
For many of our ancestors, their obituary is the only biographical
sketch ever written. It is a valuable reference in which you can
find more details about your relative.
Instructor: Linda Guth
Location: Grand Rapids Public Library, VanderVeen Room, 4th
Allen County Public
Michigan Genealogical Society’s
Bus Trip to Fort Wayne’s
Allen County Public Library
The Spring Bus trip is scheduled for
Wednesday–Thursday, April 13-14, 2016
Download full information and Registration
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,
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