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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, 4 October, 2014
Using the Grand Rapids Public Library catalog for
Tim will show us the ins and outs of the Grand Rapids
Public Library Catalog and databases and how to use them
to get the best out of your genealogical research.
Tim Gleisner, Grand Rapids Public Library’s history
and special collections supervisor, is one of 24
librarians across the nation who were awarded a
fellowship by the Public Library Association to attend
the PLA Leadership Academy in 2013. He is dedicated to
work with local government and community partners to
enhance the position of the library within the community
and improve the effectiveness of library activities and
programs. Gleisner manages the downtown library’s
historical and special collections, which includes
artifacts, manuscripts, photographs, genealogical
materials and historical programming.
Our October Meeting is our official Annual Business
meeting when we elect board officers for the next
two-year term (2015-2016).
mini class- Genealogy Scrapbooking
A genealogy scrapbook album is wonderful way to document
your family's history and create a lasting gift for future
generations. Many of the family tree software reports don't
include all of the documents and pictures you've gathered
together. This class shows one way to present it all in an
Instructor: Linda Guth, WMGS Education Coordinator
Held in the Grand Rapids Public Library, Adult Computer
Lab, Lower Level 12:15 - 1:15 pm
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
mini class - Preserving Newspaper Clippings
For many people, newspaper clippings are a
significant part of their personal heritage. However,
newspapers are some of the most difficult of documents
to preserve. They are printed on very low quality wood
pulp paper that is extremely high in acid content, use
poor quality inks, yellow quickly and are not meant to
last forever. This class will show you some things that
can be done to prolong the life of your newspaper
Instructor: Bonnie Woodman
Held in the Grand Rapids Public Library, Adult
Computer Lab, Lower Level 12 noon - 1:15 pm
Thursday, 9 October
6:45 PM - 8:45 PM - Thursday 9 October
Research your Polish family history by exploring
genealogy and family history databases, historical records,
maps, documents, cemetery burials, records from Polish
churches, and more. Live Webinar by Ceil Wendt Jensen. Ceil
Jensen has thirty years teaching experience and is currently
the Director of the Polonica American Research Institute.
Her presentation is not to be missed. Class will be held in
the Adult Computer Lab, Lower Level, at the Grand Rapids
Class held in the Adult Computer Lab, Lower Level, at the
Grand Rapids Public Library.
Location: 111 Library St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Monday, 1 December
Researching Catholic Records
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM - Monday, 1 December
Father Dennis Morrow, Pastor of SS. Peter & Paul Church
and Archivist of the Diocese of Grand Rapids, knows where
many bones are buried! He is happy to help introduce
researchers to the best procedures and etiquette to use to
gain access to records which might be of use to them in
seeking family information. Parish and institutional
sacramental records, cemetery records, where to look, where
not to bother looking, why the very item that I'm looking
for can't be found, ethnic concerns, all will be on the
table for presentation, discussion, and lots of entertaining
Class will be held in the Adult Computer Lab, Lower
Level, at the Grand Rapids Public Library.
Location: 111 Library St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Allen County Public
Michigan Genealogical Society’s
Bus Trip to Fort Wayne’s
Allen County Public Library
The Fall 2014 Bus Trip was cancelled. We plan to
organize a Spring trip. Stay tuned.
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!