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"Event in History
How It Affected Your Family"
Pivotal historic events have caused major changes in
our ancestors’ lives. Choose one such event that
changed the course of an individual’s or family’s
path. Describe the event and its ramifications. For
example: Wars, weather events, winning the lottery,
an arranged marriage, a recession or depression,
etc. are events that may cause either positive or
negative changes. We would love to hear your story.
Write it up and enter the 2016 writing contest!
Complete rules HERE.
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The Western Michigan* Genealogical Society was founded in
1954 with the purpose of preserving and making available for
genealogical research the records of our ancestors;
encouraging and assisting members in genealogical research;
promoting the exchange of knowledge and encouraging the
deposit of genealogical records in established libraries and
Membership Information is
*Includes Kent County and the counties
immediately surrounding; namely Ottawa, Muskegon, Newaygo,
Montcalm, Ionia, Barry and Allegan Counties. There is some
extension beyond these counties into other areas of the
Western Lower Peninsula.
New WMGS Publication!
STATE LAND PATENTS, KENT COUNTY, MICHIGAN
Originally compiled by Western Michigan Genealogical
Society in 1984, this publication was redone and
improved in 2010. Original land patents given by the
Michigan State Government from approximately
1840-1879. These are very important records, as Kent
County had more state land for sale than any other
county in lower Michigan at that time.
Soft cover, 114 pages REVISED, 2010
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Genealogical Periodicals in Michigan
All of these periodicals and/or newsletters
(whatever has been done over the years) are available at the
Library of Michigan (Lansing) and in respective local
libraries. Societies: please update the webmaster with
corrections or additions.
Card File Subject Index to Grand Rapids
The Story of
Grand Rapids was edited by Z. Z. Lydens (Grand Rapids,
Michigan: Kregel Publications, 1966). A subject card file,
citing primarily newspaper articles was prepared during the
project and serves as an indirect index to Grand Rapids
Do you have questions, comments or
suggestions for Michigana? Contact the editor, Ruth
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Our next Monthly Membership Meeting is Saturday, December
5th 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Outside The Box: Five Steps to help you bring down those
Mini Class: Family Group Sheet
(12 Noon – 1:00 p.m.)
What is a Family Group Sheet?
Instructor: Linda Guth
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