Welcome to Western Michigan!
Michigan Genealogical Society’s
Bus Trip to Fort Wayne’s
Allen County Public Library
The Spring Bus trip is scheduled for
April 13-14, 2016
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database website has been named to
Family Tree Magazine’s list of Best State
Websites for Genealogy for 2015, published
in the December 2015 issue and online. Click
the award badge here to view the entire
This list honors the best websites that
specialize in genealogy research for one of
the 50 US states. The 75 websites represent
the go-to online destinations for tracing
American ancestors, state by state. We
thank our hard working WMGS volunteers that
contribute every year to achieve this... the
5th year in a row! Thank you for
your work on behalf of genealogists across
"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!
do not need to be a member to submit your story. The
deadline for submissions is March 30.
Complete rules HERE.
New!! Media Committee: Do you
know of something that should be publicized to
our family history community? Whether the
newsletter or Michigana or the websites or
Facebook? Send the item of interest to
firstname.lastname@example.org and it will reach our
Media Committee members who will help spread the
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
A resource site for historical and genealogical
organizations & repositories within West Michigan
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donation in support of genealogical research, education, and
preservation in West Michigan. The Western Michigan
Genealogical Society is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.
of Acquisitions and Donations
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
Our next Monthly Membership Meeting is Saturday, February
6th 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Rapids Archives & Research Center
Learn how to use the City of Grand Rapids
Community Archives and Research Center for
also on Feb 6...
Mini Class: Genealogy Correspondence
(12 Noon – 1:00 p.m.)
We will be discussing form letters & letter
writing tips for ensuring response to your letters.
Instructor: Linda Guth
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