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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

Regular Monthly Memberships are on
Summer Hiatus until Saturday, September 12.

Need Research Help this summer? Have Questions?

Whether you’re just beginning to investigate your family’s past, or a more seasoned genealogist who needs a "new pair of eyes" to jump start your research, it’s helpful to talk to other more experienced family historians. This is especially true during July and August when WMGS members take a vacation from monthly meetings. Any beginning, intermediate or advanced researcher who wants help with a genealogical question is encouraged to come to the Local History Department at the Grand Rapids Public Library to confer with an experienced WMGS member on any Tuesday evening or on the first three Thursday nights in June, July and August from 6 to 9 pm.

Tuesdays, 6 to 9 pm.

June 16, 23, 30
July 7, 14, 21, 28
August 4, 11, 18, 25

Thursdays, 6 to 9 pm.

June 18
July 2, 9, 16
August 6, 13, 20

 

DIG
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The newly formed Western Michigan Genealogical Society DNA Interest Group (DIG) will meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month in the Vander Veen Center for the Book (on the 4th floor of the Grand Rapids Public Library). The first meeting will be 18 June 2015 at 7p.m.

In June Lisa Christensen will give a presentation showing the interaction of pedigree and descendant charts with Y-DNA (male) and mtDNA (mitochondrial - female), and an introduction to autosomal DNA (atDNA).

Any questions please contact Roger Moffat - DataMaster@wmgs.org

 
GENEALOGY CLASSES
WMGS Classes

Tuesday, 23 June

Find your way around the Cemetery (Note Location below*)

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM - Tuesday, 23 June

This class is about enjoying cemeteries, finding particular graves, the pitfalls of headstone photography, dealing with difficult to read headstones, indexing a cemetery and the general tools a cemetery wanderer may need when visiting grave sites. Please bring a clipboard-like device to hold papers and take notes.

*Location: Greenwood Cemetery, off of Leonard street NW, take first road to right to top of hill.
Instructors: Kathy Cook and Bill Grinstead; any questions please call 616-240-1579

Fall Classes are being scheduled and will center around Beginner research. Each class will build on the other. Both the Saturday mini class (1 hour) & the weeknight 2 hour class will be the same; the weeknight class offers attendee participation / practice. If anyone would like to volunteer to teach a set of classes, let me know.

Linda Guth
Education Coordinator WMGS
Cell phone: 616-560-1012

 

RESEARCH TRIPS

Allen County Public Library

Western Michigan Genealogical Society’s
Bus Trip to Fort Wayne’s
Allen County Public Library
The next Bus Trip is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, November 17 & 18.

Make sure to put that on your calendar!

 


FAMILY HISTORY WRITERS WORKSHOPS

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.

Topics for the year 2015

June 16: Which smell if you smell it today takes you straight back to your childhood? Why??

July 21: Describe how an historic event impacted you, your ancestors or both.

August 18 : When you walked into school, what and who did you see, what did you hear, and what did you smell? (What memories are triggered by your senses?)

It is requested to call Sister Michael Ellen Carling at 616-514-3340 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.

The group provides constructive feedback and everyone benefits.

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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