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April 2015

Reading the Great Lakes

April 2 @ 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 led 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. April’s selection is Detroit City…

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Genealogy Class: Prepping for the Allen County Public Library

April 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Thinking about going to the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN on April 22nd and 23rd? They have one of the largest research collections available, incorporating records from around the world.

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Genealogy Class: Bringing Your Family Story to Life – Tips and Ideas

April 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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You’ve spent many hours (or years) doing research, poring over documents, visiting libraries, and interviewing people. Now you want to write up your family history to be more than charts, or lists of names and dates. How can you bring your family narrative to life, in a format that people will want to read? This talk will give you tips and ideas for writing narrative that draws the readers in while helping them keep track of who’s who.

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Treasures of Your Library: A White Glove Event

April 22 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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The Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation is offering the opportunity to view unique items housed in the Grand Rapids History and Special Collections Department of the library. At this event, guests will be allowed to examine items from President Gerald R Ford’s presidential campaign, rare maps, the Peninsular Club Archives, and the Robinson Photo Collections. This event will raise funds for the digitization and preservation of these collections. Tickets are $40.00 and are available at grplfoundation.org or 616.988.5399.

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Genealogy Lock-In

April 24 @ 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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May 2015

Genealogy Class: Find-a-Grave

May 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Find-a-Grave is a resource for anyone seeking the final disposition of family, friends, and famous individuals from around the world. It is a virtual cemetery experience. Learn more about this website and how to use it.

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Reading the Great Lakes

May 7 @ 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 led 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. May’s selection is The Virgin…

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Genealogy Class: Dutch Heritage Databases

May 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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WieWasWie and Zeeuws Archief are online databases for locating vital records in the Netherlands. Zeeuws Archief is the official database for the Province of Zeeland and contains over 5.3 million records. WieWasWie is an official Dutch database with records from all provinces. Dutch vital records exist from at least 1811, but there are some records dating back to the 1700s. This class will teach you how to access these databases, locate abstracts of vital records and make copies. Basic computer…

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