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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.

MONTHLY MEETINGS

 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Family History vs. Genealogy

Presenter: Donna Odom

Anxious to document your family’s past, but not sure whether you want to do genealogy or a family history? In this presentation Ms. Odom will review the difference between the two and offer suggestions to help you make your decision.

Donna Odom is founder and executive director of the Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society. She retired from the Kalamazoo Valley Museum in 2010. Donna has presented at conferences on the Underground Railroad, oral history, memoir writing, and doing family history; she also assists organizations and individuals with writing their histories. Donna serves as board member of the Historical Society of Michigan, the Kalamazoo County Historical Society, and the Michigan Oral History Society. She is a member of the Genealogy Speakers Guild.

This presentation was originally scheduled for February 1st but was canceled due to winter weather warnings. 

 


 
GENEALOGY CLASSES
WMGS Classes

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RESEARCH TRIPS

Allen County Public Library

Western Michigan Genealogical Society’s
Bus Trip to Fort Wayne’s
Allen County Public Library
The Spring 2014 Bus Trip is Tuesday - Wednesday, March 25th & March 26th

More information and Registration Form is HERE.


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 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 changes?

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 remembered?

October: What have you liked the most about getting older?

November: What have you liked the least about getting older?

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.

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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