Welcome to Western Michigan!
We love it when this
happens - 4 years running!
Family Tree Magazine - "Your organization’s
website has been named to Family Tree
Magazine’s list of Best State Websites for
Genealogy for 2014, published in the
December 2014 issue.
This list honors the best websites that
specialize in genealogy research for one of
the 50 US states. The 75 stellar sites on
the list represent the go-to bookmarks for
tracing American ancestors, state by state.
Thank you for your work on behalf of
genealogists across the USA."
is all the fuss? Check out
http://data.wmgs.org/ to find out.
You might just find relatives, too.
Allen County Public
Michigan Genealogical Society’s
Bus Trip to Fort Wayne’s
Allen County Public Library
We are planning
our 2015 Spring trip for
Wednesday & Thursday, April 22 and 23. Stay tuned for
2015 WMGS Writing Contest
Who was your most
“famous” or “infamous” ancestor? ~
Here is the official Rule Page for your Downloading
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
Please consider making a tax deductible
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
WMGS is a Generations Network Affiliate.
A portion of Ancestry Subscriptions purchased after clicking
the link below will benefit Western Michigan Genealogy.
Exploring Family Search
Presenters: John and Aloma Custer
A short history of how FamilySearch got started which will
give the audience an appreciation of what is available
through the FamilySearch website. Read more...
1:30 pm, Saturday, February 7 in the
Ryerson Auditorium, Grand Rapids Public Library
mini class: Researching Your Ancestor's Property
12N - 1 p.m.
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