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Bus Trip to Ft. Wayne’s
Allen County Public Library
Tuesday - Wednesday – November 12-13, 2019
Registration form now online | HERE
2020 WMGS Writing Contest
~ A Memorable Trip or Journey ~
Travel is a part of many family experiences and the stories that come from the trips we, and our ancestors, have
made shape us into who we have become. Write a story about a memorable trip or journey.
Full description and 2020 contest rules (PDF download)
and by the way...
to the winners of the
2019 WMGS Writing Contest!
to the Open House nature of the June Meeting, we wanted to take a moment to
announce the winners of the 2019 WMGS Writing Contest now. Thank you to all who
entered! With 16 entries, it was an exciting adventure of learning about aunts,
uncles, and cousins! Watch for these stories and more in upcoming issues
Place: Susan Robinaugh, "In Search of Aunt Mayme"
Second Place: Joyce
Kilmer, “The White Barn"
Place: Mary Alt, “Our Great Aunt Dorothy Rasch Glick"
Place: Barbara Bettes, "Inventor, race car driver, adventurer,
film-maker and undertaker: George W. Bettes of Sparta, Michigan"
GOT ANCESTORS?! - Save the Date
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Annual day-long seminar hosted by WMGS at
The Grand Rapids Salvation Army Kroc Center
Our speaker this year is Michael Lacopo.
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 archives.
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
A resource site for historical and genealogical organizations &
repositories within West Michigan www.commoncorners.com
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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research, education, and preservation in West Michigan. The Western
Michigan Genealogical Society is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. More information...
List of Acquisitions and Donations
Periodicals in Michigan
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.
File Subject Index to Grand Rapids Newspapers
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, Julie DeVisser at Michigana@wmgs.org.
See Full Calendar...
Meetings are free and open to the public
next Monthly Meeting is Saturday, September 7th
this "Lost Arts" presentation, you will explore ways to date a vintage
photograph by using clues embedded in the photo itself.
Presenter: Wendy Batchelder
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