Congratulations to Jan VanWyk,
recipient of the
WMGS 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award
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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 newspapers.
Do you have questions,
comments or suggestions for Michigana? Contact the
editor, Bobbi Schirado at
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Main topic: Getting Around the Brick Wall
Presenter: Jim Jackson
We all reach the end of the trail on some
of our branches. As Churchill said, "Never, never, never
1:30 pm, Saturday, April 6th in the
Ryerson Auditorium, Grand Rapids Public Library
GEDCOM Files - What's the Mystery
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