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January 2015
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Genealogy Lock-In

January 30 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Come to the Grand Rapids History and Special Collections department for a free after-hours program just for genealogists! Learn how to use the microfilm reader/scanner/printer, save images, and take advantage of free copying and printing during the event. Use the time to search databases—we will have plenty of computers available or bring your own laptop and use the library’s WiFi network. Bring your genealogy questions or Ancestry and Heritage Quest problems—volunteers will be on hand to assist. Network with other…

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February 2015

Reading the Great Lakes

February 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Come explore the Lakes with us! We’ll read a range of titles including mystery, history, fiction, and nonfiction all taking place in the Great Lakes region—from Chicago to Cleveland. This book club will be lead by our smart librarians and will take place the first Thursday of every month. Additional copies of the book are available to be checked out on Level 4 of the Main Library. For a complete list of books, visit www.grpl.org/rtgl. February’s selection is The Other…

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Mini-Class: Researching Your Ancestor’s Property

February 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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A county Register of Deeds Office records all documents pertaining to real property. Kent County’s documents can help trace the history of property ownership or the movement of ancestors around the county. Kent’s documents are imaged back to 1970, indexed back to 1837, with all documents available on microfilm back to 1850.

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Taste of Soul Sunday – 10th Anniversary

February 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Join us as we celebrate African American history and culture at the tenth annual Taste of Soul Sunday. Sample African American art, music, literature, history, and food. Free and open to the public. Call 616-988-5400 or visit www.grpl.org/tasteofsoul for more information.

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Googling Your Ancestor

February 25 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Have you tried to find your ancestor on the internet? If so, you might have had thousands of results, most of which did not apply to your genealogy. Since Google started in 1998, it has changed the way people search the internet. Today, many genealogists use this search engine in researching people in their family tree. However, it has evolved over the years and the tips & tricks have changed also. In this class, learn the many possibilities that Google…

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March 2015

Reading the Great Lakes

March 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Come explore the Lakes with us! We’ll read a range of titles including mystery, history, fiction, and nonfiction all taking place in the Great Lakes region—from Chicago to Cleveland. This book club will be lead by our smart librarians and will take place the first Thursday of every month. Additional copies of the book are available to be checked out on Level 4 of the Main Library. For a complete list of books, visit www.grpl.org/rtgl. March’s selection is Wingshooters by…

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A Polish Doctor in the Nazi Camps

March 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Medical anthropologist Barbara Rylko-Bauer will discuss her book A Polish Doctor in the Nazi Camps. The book details her mother’s experience after she was arrested in 1944 for suspicion of resistance activities. For 15 months she endured three Nazi concentration camps and a 42-day death march, spending part of the time working as a prisoner-doctor to Jewish slave laborers. Jadzia’s struggle continued after the war as she attempted to rebuild her life, first as a refugee doctor in Germany and…

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