Fall 2010
WMGS Program Schedule
The following programs will be held in the Grand Rapids Public Library in the Ryerson Auditorium. Meetings begin at 1:30 pm, starting with WMGS business and followed by the speaker. Admission is free and everyone is welcome! Parking is free at the Library on Saturdays. Remember to have your parking ticket validated in the Library’s main lobby. Refreshments are served after the speaker’s presentation. Books and supplies may be purchased from the Sales Table before and after the programs.

Mini Classes
Mini Classes are held in the Grand Rapids Public Library from 12:15 to 1:15 in the Adult Computer Center. They are free to the general public.

Publishing your family research: It’s easier than you think. An Introduction to Photo Enhancement Software

October 2, 2010

December 4, 2010

September 11, 2010
Planning a research trip to Ohio? Learn the types of records available. Discover the best libraries and archives in the state of Ohio. Jana Sloan Broglin, CG, a native of northwest Ohio, is a professional genealogist with over thirty years of experience. She has spoken at local, state, regional, and national conferences. She is a lecturer and freelance writer. Over thirty publications on Kentucky resulted in her being named a "Kentucky Colonel". Currently, Jana is serving as Vice President of Membership for the Federation of Genealogical Societies and is a past trustee of the Ohio Genealogical Society

WMGS Beginner Classes October 21, 2010
The Genealogist’s #2 Research Tool: Using the US census records. 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. in the GRPL Adult Computer Center.

Ohio Records and Repositories

November 18, 2010
Getting started with Family Tree Maker 2010. The class is limited to 5 participants. Registration is required. 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. in the GRPL Adult Computer Center.

WMGS Family History Writers’ Workshops Sept 21, Oct 19, and Nov 16 at 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. Dominican Center, 2025 Fulton St East
The writers’ workshops are designed to help and support each other’s desire to write about our families. Everyone is welcome. We informally discuss questions relevant to each person’s work, provide helpful, non-judgmental feedback on writers’ current projects and have fun learning about each other and our research. The group provides constructive feedback and everyone benefits. Our participants bring samples of their latest writing project to share with the group. In addition, we like to suggest different writing topics to give us fresh ideas and keep us writing about our families. If you’re stuck on your current project or in between projects, write a story on the topic of the month and share it with the group. The topic for the September workshop will be Favorite Family Foods. The topics for future workshops will be announced at http://wmgs.com. The workshops are held at the Dominican Center on the corner of East Fulton and Lakeside Drive. Please call Sister Michael Ellen Carling at (616) 643-0206 (home) or (616) 643-0225 (office) if you wish to attend. You may park in the Dominican Center parking lot on Lakeside Drive. Use the main entrance under the large portico and go up the steps. The receptionist will direct you to the room.

October 2, 2010
Bruce Butgereit, long-time member of WMGS, will speak on the history of several post-Civil War organizations: the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS), the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), and the Allied Orders of the GAR. What are the local and state connections to these groups?

Post-Civil War Legions, Orders, Armies

November 5 & 6, 2010
WMGS and the Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society will sponsor a Friday evening presentation of Michelle Obama’s Roots by Megan Smolenyak-Smolenyak. On Saturday WMGS will present a one-day seminar featuring four presentations by Megan SmolenyakSmolenyak. For more information visit http://GotAncestors.com/

Got Ancestors?! Are They Who You Think They Are?


Western Michigan Genealogical Society’s

Bus Trip to Ft. Wayne’s

Allen County Public Library
--- Note:– Staying at Motel 6 ---

Tuesday-Wednesday – September 28-29, 2010
$94=Single, $76=Double, $70=Triple, $67=Quad Transportation by Great Lakes Motor Coach 7:00 7:30 8:15 AM AM AM No smoking on coach.

Day #1 Sept 28th Tuesday

Day #2 Sept 29th Wednesday

9:30 ish 10:30 AM 9:00 PM 7:00 AM 8:30-8:40 AM 6:00 PM 6:30 PM 9.45 PM 10:00 PM 10:30 PM

Leave Target on Alpine NW (North of I-96) Leave Meijer (next to I-96 and 28th St near the “K” marker) Leave Ionia and I-96 (behind Corner’s Landing Restaurant) Possible pickup south of Lansing if there is enough interest—call me Refreshment Stop (donuts & juice at highway rest stop) Arrive at Allen County Public Library (260) 421-1200 Bus transfer to Motel 6 (260) 482-3972 Wakeup Call – Walk across parking lot to restaurant for breakfast Luggage loading and transportation to library Depart from Allen County Public Library Stop for quick meal near Auburn, Indiana Arrive at Ionia drop-off area Arrive at Meijer I-96 drop off area Arrive at Target on Alpine

Trip includes: roundtrip motor coach transportation, lodging at Motel 6 at 3003 Coliseum Blvd. West, and library transfer. Breakfast is NOT included – Liberty Diner (¢) is across parking lot – (Allen County Library also has a nice café) Many eateries are close to the library. *The motel does not have an elevator. Please indicate floor requirement. *Cancellations will receive a refund with replacement only. *WMGS member? GREAT NEWS. You will receive a coupon worth $5 towards next year’s membership or towards any purchase at the WMGS sales table. *We need 38 bus riders to make this trip a reality. An email by Sept. 1st would be most helpful. A $15 deposit guarantees your place on the bus. Please send your deposit or at least an email by Sept. 15th. *Balance must be paid by September 20th. Make checks payable to WMGS. *Please contact Sue Irvine with questions. (616) 889-0042 or sjirv@yahoo.com Send registration to: Sue Irvine, 4215 Northgate NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49525-1539 $94=Single, $76=Double, $70=Triple, $67=Quad -----------------------------------------------------------Ft. Wayne Trip Tues – Wed Sept 28-29, 2010 Registration Form Room type: Smoking ___ Non-smoking ____ Is 1st floor a requirement? Yes___ No ____ NAME: ADDRESS: Pickup Point: Circle one: Target Meijer Ionia City,State,Zip Other Roommates: Phone# (_____)

(Note: if choosing Other, you must call Sue at (616) 889-0042 to arrange a pick-up location south of Lansing)

Confirmation and other trip information will be confirmed by email.:

Michigan Events
September 25, 2010
Extending the Roots of Your Family Tree
The Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society will sponsor an all day seminar at the Lawrence Conference Center, Lawrence, MI featuring presentations by Shirley Hodges, John Castle, Toni Benson and Joyce Beedie. For more information visit www.vbrgs.org.

About WMGS
The Western Michigan Genealogical Society is dedicated to gaining knowledge, preserving records and teaching others about genealogy and family history. 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, free queries in Michigana, free online brick wall help and leadership opportunities. Your membership to the Western Michigan Genealogical Society will also include use of the private files of the Society and publication of your genealogy online at trees.wmgs.org. Change of Address: (Temporary or Permanent) If you will be permanently moving to a new address or going on an extended vacation, please notify WMGS before your address change occurs. Be sure to include the date your address will change or the dates when you will leave and plan to return. Email your address change information to the Society at: membership@wmgs.org or write to: WMGS – Membership Western Michigan Genealogical Society 111 Library St NE Grand Rapids MI 49503-3268

September 30 & October 7
Write Your Life
The Caledonia Resource Center is offering a two session workshop for $39 to teach you how to remember, organize and write your autobiography using manageable steps. The sessions will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Visit http://www.caledoniaresourcecenter.org to register or get more information

October 3, 2010
52nd Michigan Antiquarian Book & Paper Show
This show is a favorite with genealogists and historians everywhere. Over 180 vendors will offer old books on subjects including Michigan history, maps, the Civil War, music, cookbooks as well as post cards, ads, posters and trading cards. Admission is $4.50. The event is being held at the Lansing Center, 333 E. Michigan Ave., Lansing, MI from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

October 22, 2010
GRPL Friday Night Lock-In
The Grand Rapids Public Library’s Local History and Special Collections Department will host a free after-hours program just for genealogists from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Learn how to use the microfilm readers, scanners and printers. Take advantage of free photocopying and printing during the event. This is a great opportunity to access subscription databases like Ancestry.com, NewEnglandAncestors.org and Footnote.com for free. Computers will be available or you can bring your own laptop and access the databases and internet through the Library’s WiFi network. Members of WMGS will be available to help you with your research. Food and drinks will be supplied. Registration will open on September 22. To register, go to the calendar at www.grpl.org/perl/events.pl and click on the event.

2010 WMGS Officers
President Don Bryant email: president@wmgs.org Marcia Shears email: U08554@hotmail.com Phone: (616) 458-1221 Mindy Koole email: koole2@comcast.net Phone: (616) 691-7986 Marlene Fabbro email: mfabbro@sbcglobal.net Janet Jensen email: JanetJ6990@aol.com Phone: (616) 874-8035

Thank You to the Dining with the Dead Volunteers
To the hearty volunteers who braved another of Michigan's hottest days of summer- July 17th. I knew when I chose a date it would either be very hot or very wet. And hot it was! But, there was an occasional breeze and the lucky ones who got to be under the trees were cooled off. Over 1200 graves were recorded and soon the volunteers will enter their records into our database. A delicious potluck lunch was enjoyed by all in the shade of the cemetery chapel. Much thanks to the following volunteers: Jane & Don Barsema, Mindy & Don Bryant, Bobbe & Roger Horton, Jeri & Alan Landleer, Lisa Christensen & Roger Moffat, Dorothy & Russ Prince, Sue & Jim Swanlund, Sue Bogard, Marlene Fabbro, Mike Finley, Sue Irvine & Gary, Jay Neehan, Vickie Parker, Sue Rabick, Bill Simmons, Darlene Snyder, Marcia Spears, Ruth Waybrand and Judy Wilson

Vice President

Immediate Past President Treasurer Recording Secretary

Wanda Schottler

Western Michigan Genealogical Society c/o Grand Rapids Public Library 111 Library St NE Grand Rapids MI 49503-3268



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