Welcome to Western Michigan!
Registration is now open
for the National Genealogical Society’s fortieth annual Family History
Conference, Paths to Your Past, which will be held 2–5 May 2018 at the DeVos
Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
View the Online Program or Download PDF at the NGS conference website:
To Volunteer during the conference, you can signup here:
Questions about volunteering?
(the local WMGS volunteer coordinators)
Sleuthing for Local History
WMGS is proud to be a sponsor of this award-winning annual program at the Grand Rapids Public Library.
Saturday, January 20, 2018
9:30 am – 4:00 pm | Main Library | 111 Library St NE
A day-long event made up of six
programs exploring various aspects of Grand Rapids history. Presented by
area historians and members of historical and cultural organizations,
topics are varied and reflect the unique heritage of West Michigan. Downloadable brochure is available HERE.
National Genealogical Society 2018 Family
History Conference will be held in Grand
Rapids next May. For a glimpse of the 2017
Conference in Raleigh, NC and a foretaste of
what's in store, check out this
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
See Full Calendar...
Our next Monthly Membership Meeting is Saturday, February 3rd, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Uncovering Your African American Genealogist Treasure Trove Hiding in the Attic
Presenter: Janis Minor Forté
also in February ...
Black Family History Series
Look here for details of all the classes in February. Check here
other classes, location and description
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you have questions
about our search services?
Check out the
research resource page. Whether you need an
obituary lookup or a one, two or three hour custom
search in West Michigan, we can help. You may email
your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
database website has been named to
Family Tree Magazine’s list of
Websites for Genealogy for 2016, published
in the December 2016 issue and online. Click
the award badge here to view the entire
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
6th year in a row! Thank you for
your work on behalf of genealogists across
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
email@example.com and it will reach our
Media Committee members who will help spread the