WESTERN MICHIGAN GENEALOGICAL
c/o Grand Rapids
111 Library Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
October 3, 2020 Virtual Meeting (1:30pm)Virtual presentation via Zoom Webinar - Link
Researching Beyond the Usual Civil War Union Sources
Presenter: Mark Hoffman
session moves beyond the basic information on the service of Union
veterans of the Civil War. It includes many seldom-used sources –
online, archival and printed -- which help provide context and detail
to the Union Civil War experience. The presentation will include
sources of information on ancestors, both men and women, soldier and
civilian. It draws upon almost 40 years of experience researching
Civil War-era soldiers and their families, both as a genealogist and as
a Civil War historian.
Hoffman currently serves as the Chief Administrative Officer for the
Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Previously, Hoffman was
deputy director of the Michigan Department of History, Arts and
Libraries for eight years after holding leadership roles with the
Michigan Bureau of State Lottery and the Michigan House of
Representatives. A life-long student of the American Civil War,
he is the author of Among the Enemy: A Michigan Soldier's Civil
War Journal (2013) and My Brave Mechanics: The First Michigan
Engineers and Their Civil War (2007) – both published by Wayne State
University Press. Hoffman is a graduate of Michigan State
University, with a degree in History.
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 MEETINGS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)
comments or program suggestions are welcome! Please contact Roger Moffat -
Allen County Public
Michigan Genealogical Society’s
Bus Trip to Fort Wayne’s
Allen County Public Library
Monday and Tuesday, April 27 & 28.
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,
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
*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.