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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 highlights!

Saturday, August 2, 2014 (Rain Date: Sunday, August 3, 2014); 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Oak Hill (South) Cemetery, 647 Hall Street S.E.
Optional $10.00 boxed lunch picnic in the cemetery to follow the tour at noon.

Thomas R. 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.

Download directions, more details and lunch ordering instructions here: CEMETERY TOUR


2014 WMGS Annual Award Nominations now open

Nominations for this years' awards are being accepted through September 6, 2014.

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Fall Bus Trip is ON!

Western Michigan Genealogical Society’s
Bus Trip to Fort Wayne’s Allen County Public Library

Wednesday and Thursday, September 10 & 11, 2014

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2014 Got 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 scheduling conflict.

Friday Night 10 October 2014

Saturday 11 October 2014

Mark Your Calendars and we’ll see you there!!!

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

 


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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...

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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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WMGS is a Generations Network Affiliate. A portion of Ancestry Subscriptions purchased after clicking the link below will benefit Western Michigan Genealogy.
Family Tree Maker 2012

MONTHLY MEETING

Topic: Common Sources In Uncommon Places
Karen Krugman.

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

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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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