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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


October 3, 2020 Virtual Meeting (1:30pm)

Virtual presentation via Zoom Webinar - Link
https://zoom.us/j/97300550464?pwd=aG0xNytMTENXUVVxL0N3ZG9mSkJjdz09

Researching Beyond the Usual Civil War Union Sources

Presenter: Mark Hoffman

Mark HoffmanThis 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. 

Biography

Mark 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. 



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 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

CANCELLED

Monday and Tuesday, April 27 & 28.

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...

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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