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October 2014

Genealogy Lock-In

October 17 @ 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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Polish Research

October 9 @ 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Research our Polish family history by exploring genealogy and family history databases, historical records, maps, documents, cemetery burials, records from Polish churches and more. This presentation is a webinar led by Ceil Wendt Jensen, the Director of the Polonica American Research Institute.

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Genealogy Scrapbooking

October 4 @ 12:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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A genealogy scrapbook album is a wonderful way to document your family’s history and create a lasting gift for future generations. Many of the family tree software reports do not include all of the documents and pictures you’ve gathered. This class will show you a way to present it all in an interesting format.

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Reading the Great Lakes

October 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 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. October’s selection is Arc of…

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September 2014

Reading the Great Lakes

September 4 @ 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. September’s selection is American Salvage…

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August 2014

Tilling the Soil: African American Genealogy Series

August 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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In the final class of the series, teens will interview relatives to obtain interesting family stories that provide valuable information for tracing family roots.

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Genealogy Lock-In

August 8 @ 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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Reading the Great Lakes

August 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 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. August’s selection is The Undertaking…

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July 2014

Reading the Great Lakes

July 3 @ 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. July’s selection is Rabbit Run…

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June 2014

Tilling the Soil: African American Genealogy Series

June 14 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Genealogist Jessica Trotter will explore the basics of genealogy research, basic genealogy resources, and sources particularly useful for African American research. Learn more about DNA research and sharing research. Jessica has been researching her family for the past sixteen years and during that time she’s come across some fabulous resources, made a few colossal mistakes, and still made progress—even if it wasn’t always the way she intended.

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