Welcome to Western Michigan!
As part of our 60th anniversary celebration,
Western Michigan Genealogical Society is
hosting a very special guided walking
tour of the historic Oak Hill Cemetery
in southeast Grand Rapids. Here are the
August 2, 2014 (Rain Date: Sunday, August 3,
2014); 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
(South) Cemetery, 647 Hall Street S.E.
Optional $10.00 boxed lunch picnic in the
cemetery to follow the tour at noon.
Dilley, local historian and cemetery
history expert, will lead the WMGS members
on a walk through the wonders of Oak Hill
Cemetery. As the first and best local
exemplar of the park cemetery format, Oak
Hill offers fine examples of late 19th and
20th century design in both its layout and
design, and the many beautiful monuments and
structures found there. It is at Oak Hill
where the often ebullient taste for
elaborate memorial design of the late
Victorian age is most openly expressed, and
it is here that many of the leaders in the
early growth of Grand Rapids chose their
final resting places. During the walk, the
art and architecture of Oak Hill, as well as
some of the stories of those interred will
be discussed. Questions during the entire
walk are encouraged.
directions, more details and lunch ordering
2014 WMGS Annual Award
Nominations now open
Nominations for this years'
awards are being accepted through September 6,
Fall Bus Trip is ON!
Western Michigan Genealogical
Bus Trip to Fort Wayne’s Allen County Public
Wednesday and Thursday,
September 10 & 11, 2014
Download the registration form.
Ancestors?! Annual Seminar with Dick Eastman
We’ve lined up a great speaker for
this year's GotAncestors?! It has been ten
years since Dick Eastman of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter
helped us celebrate our golden anniversary
and he'll be here again to help us celebrate
our 60th! Save these dates NOW so that you don’t have a
Friday Night 10 October 2014
Saturday 11 October 2014
Mark Your Calendars and we’ll see you there!!!
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
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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, Bobbi Schirado at RHJSchirado@gmail.com
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the link below will benefit Western Michigan Genealogy.
Common Sources In Uncommon Places
Think you've looked everywhere for that marriage date
or birth date? Think again. This talk shows you some
uncommon places you may not have thought of for locating
dates! Read more...
1:30 pm, Saturday, Sept 6 in the
Ryerson Auditorium, Grand Rapids Public Library
Signup for WMGS eNews
Annual Seminar Site
We mourn the passing of our friend Evelyn
Sawyer who went to be with her Lord and
Savior on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. She was a
valued member for a long time and the
Society and the Genealogy community in West
Michigan still enjoy the benefits her
generous spirit and energetic work produced.
Not enough can be said about Evelyn's
kindness, hard work, love of genealogy. Our
condolences to her family.
(Obituary at mlive.com)