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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, 13 June 2015
Civil War Memories in Bronze, White Bronze, and
Presenter: Bruce B. Butgereit
belief that the deeds and sacrifice of the soldiers
serving in the Civil War deserved to be preserved
for future generations began in Grand Rapids in
1864, before the war was over. This program will
take you on a tour of the many Civil War and Grand
Army of the Republic memorials created in the Grand
Rapids area from 1885 to 2014.
Nearly every resident knows of the Kent County
Civil War Monument at the corner of Fulton and
Division. When asked how many other such memorials
exist in the Grand Rapids area, some have guess
three or four. Do you know? You will after this
Bruce B. Butgereit serves as the Civil War Memorials
Officer for both the local Gen. John A. Logan Camp
No. 1 and the Department of Michigan, Sons of Union
Veterans of the Civil War. During his two terms as
National Civil War Memorials Officer for the Sons of
Union Veterans, Bruce created a handbook of
instruction to provide guidance for all memorial
officers in fulfilling their obligations. He is
recognized in Michigan and elsewhere for his
knowledge regarding the Civil War and his efforts to
preserve and restore these public memories of the
men and women of 1861-1865 and the Grand Army of the
mini class - Coming to
America – Immigration Records
12 NOON - 1:00 p.m. SATURDAY, 13 June
With so many immigrants entering the United
States in the 1800's, Congress passed the first
federal law regulating immigration in 1882. Nine
years later, in 1891, the Superintendent of
Immigration was established. Then in 1906, this
became the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization.
Immigration records can fill in crucial details of
your family’s history. Look at passenger lists and
records to understand your ancestors’ trip, from the
other side of the pond, to America. Also learn about
the challenges in finding passenger ship records.
Class will be held in the Adult Computer Lab,
Lower Level, at the Grand Rapids Public Library.
Instructor: Linda Guth
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).
please contact Roger Moffat - DataMaster@wmgs.org
Tuesday, 23 June
Find your way around the Cemetery (Note
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.
Kathy Cook and Bill Grinstead; any questions please call
Allen County Public
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!
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 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.
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!