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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

 

Saturday, February 6th (1:30 p.m.)

Topic: Grand Rapids Archives & Research Center

Presenter: Tony Wright

Learn how to use the City of Grand Rapids Community Archives and Research Center for genealogical research.

Tony Wright is the City Archives Officer for the City of Grand Rapids. He has nineteen years of public history experience working for the City of Kalamazoo, The Engineers Club of Dayton, the Montgomery County (Ohio) Records Center and Archives, and the Wright State University Special Collections and Archives. Tony has also served as an adjunct instructor of history at Kellogg Community College and Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

 

 

Mini-Class Saturday, February 6th (12 Noon – 1:00 p.m.)
Genealogy Correspondence

We will be discussing form letters & letter writing tips for ensuring response to your letters.
Instructor: Linda Guth
Location: Grand Rapids Public Library, Adult Computer Training Center, lower level.

 

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 Adult Computer Lab (on the lower level of the Grand Rapids Public Library). Meetings are held 7 p.m.

Questions, comments or program suggestions are welcome! Please contact Roger Moffat - DataMaster@wmgs.org

 
GENEALOGY CLASSES
WMGS Classes

Monday, January 11th 6:30PM - 8:30p.m.

Genealogy Goals for the Year
You probably have a long list of genealogy tasks you want to complete some day. Writing down these genealogy goals makes it a commitment and helps you be more organized. We will be discussing some great ideas for genealogy goals that will carry you into the new year.
Instructor: Linda Guth
Location: Grand Rapids Public Library, Adult Computer Training Center, lower level.

 

 

RESEARCH TRIPS

Allen County Public Library

Western 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 here.

 


WMGS WRITERS GROUP

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, 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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