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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, November 5th (1:30 p.m.)
Colonial Research in America
Presenter: Karen Krugman
talk on Colonial Records focuses on the
records of the colonial period of our
country - what they are, where to find
them, what to expect when searching for
them. If you have ancestors here in the
states during those formative years this
talk will address your concerns about
researching in that time frame.
Krugman has been researching since 1990,
and professionally since 1998. She
enjoys the challenge of Lineage Society
research. Since 2002 she has been
speaking to genealogy groups in the
metro Detroit area as well as other
areas of Michigan & Ohio. Her talks are
given with a humorous spin that is
unique to her. Societies she has held
positions in include: research chair for
the Detroit Society for Genealogical
research, past Registrar of the Michigan
UDC chapter, past president of the Ford
Genealogy Club, a member of the Oakland
County Genealogy Society and a six year
volunteer at the Library of Michigan.
She has written five books based on her
family history research and was
co-author of The Ford Family Cemetery
book, which includes photos and other
information on the cemetery where auto
pioneer Henry Ford is buried. Currently
Karen resides in Bloomfield Hills,
Mini-Class Saturday, November 5th (12 Noon –
To be announced
Saturday, December 3rd (1:30 p.m.)
Traffic Violations, Criminal Complaints and
Marriages: Records of a Justice of the Peace
the Peace served as local magistrates
empowered primarily to administer
summary justice in minor cases, to
commit for trial, and to administer
oaths and perform marriages. Using the
records of former Paris Township Justice
of the Peace Earl H. Keyes, discover the
role in which the justices played in
local courts. See examples of records
from the collection and learn how you
can use them for researching your
Oster is a librarian at the Kentwood
(Richard L. Root) Branch of Kent
District Library. His responsibilities
include providing reference services,
readers advisory, outreach as well as
computer class design and instruction.
Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts in History
from Grand Valley State University with
a minor in Political Science and
Secondary Education Certification. He
also has a Master of Library Science
degree from Indiana University. Adam’s
interests include genealogy and local
Mini-Class Saturday, December 3rd (12 Noon –
To be announced
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 -
Saturday, September 17, 2016
MICHIGAN GENEALOGICAL SOCIETIES: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: 4th Floor, VanderVeen Center Conference Room, Grand
Rapids Public Library
Instructor: Linda Guth
Genealogical societies provide
products and services needed by members, such as education
and training, research aid, exchange of knowledge, etc.
Let’s learn about what Genealogical / Historical societies
are in Michigan and what they have to offer.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Prepare for Allen County Public Library Road
Trip: 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Location: Adult Computer Lab, Lower Level, at the Grand Rapids
Instructor: Sue Irvine
Allen County Public Library has one of the largest research
collections available, incorporating records from around the
world. Our presenter will show you how to prepare for
research for this awesome WMGS road trip coming up November
Allen County Public
Michigan Genealogical Society’s
Bus Trip to Fort Wayne’s
Allen County Public Library
The Fall Bus trip is scheduled for Wednesday -
Thursday, November 16-17, 2016
Full information and Registration is now available.
Start now preparing for your research visit at
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