The Western Michigan Genealogical Society and GR Reads

Local and Family History Resource Fair

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Find Unique Local Resources Meet Local Authors Learn New Research Techniques Discover Methods for Preservation Tour GRPL Local History Department Have Documents Translated Attend Terrific Classes Ask Experts - Get Answers

Save Your Family’s History!
Saturday, June 26th 10:30 am - to 4:30 pm Grand Rapids Public Library 111 Library St.

Free Parking!!!

Local and Family History Resource Fair Class Schedule - 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
4TH FLOOR VANDERVEEN CENTER FOR THE BOOK
10:30 to 11:15 WHERE DO I START: Where should I look first for information about my family? Wanda Schottler is an experienced genealogist and has presented a number of beginner classes on a variety of topics. In this session she will illustrate how to use simple tools for organizing and recording your family records, and how to utilize convenient genealogical forms. LOCATING YOUR ANCESTORS USING LAND RECORDS: Karen Blumenshine describes why genealogists should use land records to find their ancestors. She will answer the following questions: Where are those records found? How do you go about finding the right deed and property and, what information can you find in a deed? She will also discuss other information that is available using in Land LIBRARY TOUR: Tour the GRPL Local History Department on the 4th floor with an experienced Librarian. Discover all of the terrific historical and genealogical resources that are available at the Grand Rapids Public Library. Assemble by the desk near the entrance to the 4th Floor. LAST DOCUMENTS: Shirley DeBoer, CG SM will discuss the “why and how” of finding an individual’s death record along with steps to take when one cannot be found. Substitute sources that surround a person will be suggested so that a maximum of information is available to not only connect to an ancestor in the U.S. or overseas but also to enhance family history. SAVING LIVES....ONE STORY AT A TIME: There’s an old saying that people die twice — once when they physically die, and a second time when they are forgotten. This mini-session, led by Deb Moore, personal historian, will focus on making you and your ancestors unforgettable by adding the stories behind the names and dates on your family tree. Tips and techniques will be presented to help you get started preserving the stories of five (or more!) generations of your family. LIBRARY TOUR: Tour the GRPL Local History Department on the 4th floor with an experienced Librarian. Discover all of the terrific historical and genealogical resources that are available at the Grand Rapids Public Library. Assemble by the desk near the entrance to the 4th Floor.

1ST FLOOR ADULT COMPUTER TRAINING ROOM
CENSUS RECORDS - THE GENEALOGIST’S SECOND RESOURCE. The presentation consists of a brief overview of census records, their purpose, organization, enumeration and access. Bill Grinstead is currently serving as the education coordinator for WMGS.

11:30 to 12:15

GETTING STARTED WITH FAMILY TREE MAKER 9. Computer savvy Kaye Fish will show you how to maximize your use of this software program. You will learn how to set up preferences after installation and how to begin entering information.

12:30 to 1:15

FREE GENEALOGICAL DATABASES AVAILABLE AT WMGS.ORG. WMGS President and Webmaster, Don Bryant, will present an overview of searchable western Michigan databases available at WMGS.ORG. You’ll learn how to search and discover tips on pinpointing and maximizing your results.

1:30 to 2:15

2:30 to 3:15

Be sure to visit the authors and resources available in the 3rd Floor Ryerson Auditorium before and after classes or tours.

3:30 to 4:30

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR USING ANCESTRY.COM: Sue Irvine will show us some neat ways to search for ancestors using ANCESTRY. COM. Bring a knotty ancestral problem to work on. It will also help to bring along a four-generation chart, or other information that will narrow your search.

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PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS, AUTHORS and PRESENTERS
Alpine Township Historical Society Mary Rasch Alt Karen Blumenshine Don Bryant Sue Carpenter Lisa Christensen Jan Cortez Daughters of Union Veterans Shirley DeBoer CGSM Jay De Vries Thomas Dilly Kaye Fish Grand Rapids Historical Commission Grand Valley State University Veterans History Project GRPL Fourth Floor Staff Ionia County Genealogical Society Bill Grinstead Sue Irvine Norma Lewis Lowell Historical Society Mecosta County Genealogical Society Michigan GenWeb Roger Moffat Debra Moore Muskegon Genealogical Society Connie Navaro Bobbi Schirado Wanda Schottler Gail Snow Sons of Union Veterans Then and Now Genealogical Society The WMGS Book Sales Table The Woman’s Relief Corps of the Civil War Wyoming Historical Commission

Western Michigan Genealogical Society Membership
An annual membership to WMGS is $20 and begins on January 1st of each year. Membership benefits include: • 10% Discount on all items at the Sales Table • Four Issues of Michigana per year • Discounts on Seminar Registrations • Free Brick Wall Help • Discounts on Bus Trips to distant repositories • Leadership and Volunteer Opportunities Membership advantages also include free query placement in Michigana, access to the large collection of genealogical books and records in the Local & Family History Room of the Grand Rapids Public Library and use of the private files of the Society. Visit WWW.WMGS.ORG for more information about Society and its projects.

WMGS Meetings
Meetings are held on the first Saturday of each month September through June, or as stated in the Newsletter. The Newsletter and a Calendar are always available online at <www.wmgs.org>. We meet at the Main Branch of the Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library Street, at 1:30 p.m. All meetings are open to the public for free. To Become a Member or to Ask a Question, Contact: Membership@wmgs.org or WMGS Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3268.

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