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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

MONTHLY 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. Looking at a genealogical book on the internet?  See if it’s for sale at the WMGS sales table.  Our books are sold for same price as the Internet….but at our sales table and as a member of WMGS that same book has a 10% discount and you don’t pay for shipping.  Talk to Lisa and Wanda about items you don’t see. 

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


January 02, 2021 Virtual Meeting (1:30pm)

Virtual presentation via Zoom Webinar
Click for Zoom Meeting Link

Michigan Genealogy at the Library of Michigan : 

Tim Gleisner

Presenter: Tim Gleisner

Tim will be speaking about conducting your Michigan Genealogy at the Library of Michigan. He will also speak on how to conduct your Michigan Genealogy from home during the COVID outbreak. During this talk Tim will show how with the Library of Michigan Library card any Michigan resident can access the numerous online resources provided to any Michigan resident and the Michigan Electronic Library databases available to all Michigan residents.

Biography

Tim Gleisner has been the Head of Collections at the Library of Michigan for three years. Prior to this he was the Head of Special Collections and Reference at the Grand Rapids Public Library for 12 years. Tim started his library career at the Herrick District Library in Holland as the Genealogy and Local History librarian, a position he held for 4 years. Tim lives in Grand Rapids and travels the Midwest extensively.




DIG
By Thorwald at en.wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia) [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

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. 

(NO DIG MEETINGS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)

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

 
GENEALOGY CLASSES


RESEARCH TRIPS

Allen County Public Library

Western Michigan Genealogical Society’s
Bus Trip to Fort Wayne’s
Allen County Public Library

Postponed

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. CANCELLED

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...2021 WMGS Writing Contest
~ Scandals in the Family ~
Within every family there is likely a story of scandal, whether having documented proof or not. As genealogists, we
want to scour the archives, online databases, and newspapers to fi nd the evidence of these (sometimes) tall tales. Tell
us your stories of scandals in the family - no matter how big or little.
Write it up and enter the 2021 WMGS Writing Contest.2021 WMGS Writing Contest
~ Scandals in the Family ~
Within every family there is likely a story of scandal, whether having documented proof or not. As genealogists, we
want to scour the archives, online databases, and newspapers to fi nd the evidence of these (sometimes) tall tales. Tell
us your stories of scandals in the family - no matter how big or little.
Write it up and enter the 2021 WMGS Writing Contest.2021 WMGS Writing Contest
~ Scandals in the Family ~
Within every family there is likely a story of scandal, whether having documented proof or not. As genealogists, we
want to scour the archives, online databases, and newspapers to fi nd the evidence of these (sometimes) tall tales. Tell
us your stories of scandals in the family - no matter how big or little.
Write it up and enter the 2021 WMGS Writing Contest.

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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