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DIG

By Thorwald at en.wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia) [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

The newly formed Western Michigan Genealogical Society DNA Interest Group (DIG) will meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month in the Vander Veen Center for the Book (on the 4th floor of the Grand Rapids Public Library). The first meeting will be 18 June 2015 at 7p.m.
 

For more information... See DIG


Join the Global Family Reunion
June 6th at the Grand Rapids Public Library

The Federation of Genealogical Societies are facilitating the organization of Global Family Reunion branch parties at many of its member societies across the United States and around the world. WMGS is hosting one of these parties in the Vanderveen Room on the fourth floor of the Grand Rapids Main Library on June 6, 2015; come any time from 10:30AM to 4:30PM.
 

Brainchild of best-selling author and three-time TED talk speaker, A.J. Jacobs, the Global Family Reunion will host the event in New York. It will include talks, family history exhibits, the world’s largest family photo, other family reunion activities as well as live-streaming to branch parties located all over the world.
 

You can read more about the event at http://globalfamilyreunion.com
 

You can find out about AJ Jacobs here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A._J._Jacobs  and more about the year he spent in New York trying to live by biblical rules here http://ajjacobs.com/books/the-year-of-living-biblically/  (he spoke about this at RootsTech 2015, including some pretty funny pictures of a bearded guy in cotton robes and sandals moving around New York City which you can view here http://www.rootstech.org/video/4066621600001 )
 

WikiTree.com is also getting behind this effort with a “how are you related to AJ Jacobs” calculator on their site.

 

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, 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


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: Civil War Memories in Bronze, White Bronze, and Stone

Presenter: Bruce B. Butgereit
 

The belief that the deeds and sacrifice of the soldiers serving in the Civil War deserved to be preserved for future generations began in Grand Rapids in 1864, before the war was over. This program will take you on a tour of the many Civil War and Grand Army of the Republic memorials created in the Grand Rapids area.     Read more...
 

1:30 pm, Saturday, June 13 in the Ryerson Auditorium, Grand Rapids Public Library
 

mini class: Coming to America – Immigration Records
 
12N - 1 p.m.

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