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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, June 11th (1:30 p.m.)
Civil War Sources
Presenter: John Urschel
will be on how I research the sourcebooks and
how I evaluate what I find. We will also delve
into my research into the Michigan graves at
Andersonville National Cemetery and Gettysburg
and the veracity thereof and corrections
thereto. There will be a bit of music and lots
of pictures and time for questions. And I will,
no doubt, bemoan the fact that with 33,000
soldiers in my database, I don’t have the time
to dive headlong into the type of genealogical
research that you do.
About Mr. Urschel:
"I was born in Miamisburg, Ohio, a sickly child,
one of the first open heart surgery patients in
the state. Oh wait…all true but, wrong bio."
B.A. in History and
an M.A. in Public History from Wright State
University (Fairborn, Ohio.) Former Security
Supervisor, Small Computer Business Owner,
Musician, Pinkerton Detective, Records Manager
and Archivist for South Bend and St. Joseph
County Indiana, and former Information Manager
for the City of Kalamazoo. Sort of retired.
Author of the Michigan Boys in Blue Series of 10
sourcebooks, 2 other history books, and
Executive Producer of "Kalamazoo 1884" a
documentary film. Complete series of Michigan
Boys in Blue have been purchased by the U of M
Bentley Library, WMU Archives and Public
Libraries of: Detroit, Kalamazoo, Portage, Van
Buren District, Three Oaks and Buchanan.
Mini-Class Saturday, June 11th (12 Noon –
Where There's a Will There's a Clue
Wills can be helpful in determining immigrant origins, occupation, identifying family members & possibly where they lived, what kind of assets they owned, and what kinds of things they felt were valuable. Let’s check this resource for clues.
Instructor: Linda Guth
Location: Grand Rapids Public Library, Adult
Computer Training Center, lower level.
Formed in 2015,
the Western Michigan Genealogical Society's DNA Interest Group
(DIG) meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month in the Grand
Rapids Public Library's VanderVeen Center on the 4th floor. Meetings are held 7 p.m.
comments or program suggestions are welcome! Please contact Roger Moffat -
Monday, May 16, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Finding Your Ancestors through Obituaries
For many of our ancestors, their obituary is the only biographical
sketch ever written. It is a valuable reference in which you can
find more details about your relative.
Instructor: Linda Guth
Location: Grand Rapids Public Library, VanderVeen Room, 4th
Tuesday, June 21, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Field Trip: Tour of the LDS Family History Center in
Family History Centers (FHCs) are branches of FamilySearch and the
Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, located all over
the world. Their goal is to provide resources to assist you in
the research and study of your genealogy and family history by:
Meet at the center at:
Leonard St NE, Grand Rapids, MI.
Allen County Public
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
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,
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