Welcome to Western Michigan!
Join us at our next monthly
meeting on December 7th
Details at right >>>
Don't miss this
outstanding state award winning local
history program on Saturday, January 18,
9:30am - 4:00pm, at the Grand Rapids Public
Library. The six presentations include.
Women and WW II: New Roles and Old
Stereotypes (Richard Harms); When the
Automobile Came to the Furniture City
(Chuck Snow); Mr. Rover Visits Grand
Rapids (Melissa Fox); The Mystery of
West Michigan’s Sunken Canoes (Kevin
Finney); Remembering Grandville Avenue
(Mary Angelo); and Still Standing: 40
Years of Historic Preservation (Rebecca
Smith-Hoffman). WMGS along with the other
sponsoring organizations invite you to enjoy
this free program. Mark your calendar. You
can download the brochure now at the WMGS
We had a GREAT Seminar with Thomas MacEntee.
Now we’re looking forward to next year. 2014
will be Western Michigan Genealogical Society’s
60th Anniversary, so quite the occasion.
We’ve lined up a great speaker for next year –
Dick Eastman of Eastman’s Online Genealogy News,
so save these dates NOW so that you don’t have a
conflict next year.
Friday Night 10 October 2014
Saturday 11 October 2014
Mark Your Calendars and we’ll see you there!!!
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, Bobbi Schirado at RHJSchirado@gmail.com
WMGS is a Generations Network Affiliate.
A portion of Ancestry Subscriptions purchased after clicking
the link below will benefit Western Michigan Genealogy.
Topic: Finding Family With DNA
Speaker: Dick Hill
Our speaker discovered genetic genealogy
in the course of his long search for biological ancestors.
He will introduce us to several forms of DNA testing as he
shares the fascinating story of his personal odyssey.
1:30 pm, Saturday, Dec 7 in the
Ryerson Auditorium, Grand Rapids Public Library
Mini Class: Introduction to Findagrave.com.
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Annual Seminar Site