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Western Michigan Genealogical Society’s

Bus Trip to Fort Wayne’s
Allen County Public Library
The Spring Bus trip is scheduled for
Wednesday–Thursday
April 13-14, 2016

Download full information and Registration here.

 

WMGS' 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 article.

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 the USA.

Announcing the
2016 Writers Contest
an "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!

You 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 talkingtree@wmgs.org and it will reach our Media Committee members who will help spread the news.

 

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

View all publications here


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

 


Donations

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. More information...

List of Acquisitions and Donations


RESEARCH TOOLS
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, Ruth Waybrant at Michigana@wmgs.org.

 

KENT COUNTY PIONEER

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

More information about this project


 

MONTHLY MEETING
Our next Monthly Membership Meeting is Saturday, February 6th 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Grand Rapids Archives & Research Center Presenter:
Tony Wright

Learn how to use the City of Grand Rapids Community Archives and Research Center for genealogical research.

 

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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