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2015 WMGS Writing Contest

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FGS Presidential Citation presented to West Michigan Couple

On Saturday, November 8, in Grand Rapids at the monthly meeting of the Western Michigan Genealogical Society, Kris Rzepczynski presented the Federation of Genealogical Societies Presidential Citation to Henry and Loekie Boersma in recognition of their work on the records of Tallmadge Township in Michigan.

On Thursday, August 28, prior to the opening plenary session in San Antonio, Federation of Genealogical Societies President, D. Joshua Taylor awarded a special FGS Presidential Citation to Henry and Loekie Boersma of Michigan. For their contributions in cemetery preservation and historical research that benefits the genealogical community and as an inspiration to the rest of us because...

In 1995, a few years after their retirement, Henry and Loekie found an unknown cemetery in Tallmadge Township, close to where they live in Michigan. The cemetery was completely overgrown with brush and weeds. The markers had fallen over and some buried beneath the earth. They spent the next few months working to restore the cemetery, headstones, and the history of those burials, the early residents ofTallmadge, most who were from New York.

Next, they volunteered to be the Tallmadge Township historians. They retrieved boxes of unorganized records from the township office, organized each book and every piece of paper from the beginning of records in the 1830s. Loekie then indexed every name in records pertaining to the people who have lived in Tallmadge, up to the early 1900s.

In their 80's today, they continue working on the records of Tallmadge and help neighboring townships who ask for help with their own records.

ABOUT WMGS

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 archives.
 

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*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  .........................$14.00

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A resource site for historical and genealogical organizations & repositories within West Michigan www.commoncorners.com

 


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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 Newspapers

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.

 
MICHIGANA SECTION

Do you have questions, comments or suggestions for Michigana? Contact the editor,  Bobbi Schirado at RHJSchirado@gmail.com

 

KENT COUNTY PIONEER

See the Growing List of Pioneer, Settler and Early Families of Kent County

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Family Tree Maker 2012

MONTHLY MEETING

Topic: DNA Testing for Genealogists
A Visual Introduction to the Basics and Beyond
Richard "Dick" Hill

Last year, Richard Hill shared his personal journey with us…an adoptee finding his biological family through DNA testing. This time he will set aside his story and lead us step-by-step through the wonders of today’s genetic genealogy tests.  Read more...

1:30 pm, Saturday, December 6 in the Ryerson Auditorium, Grand Rapids Public Library

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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)

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