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2014 Got Ancestors?! Annual Seminar
with Dick Eastman

Are We There Yet?

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!  Registration is now open. Click here for complete program. Register online at www.gotancestors.com.

Friday Night, 10 October 2014  - Anniversary Celebration Banquet

Saturday, 11 October 2014 - Day-long program of Eastman

We’ll see you there!!!


As part of our 60th anniversary celebration this year, in August the Western Michigan Genealogical Society hosted a very special guided walking tour of the historic Oak Hill Cemetery in southeast Grand Rapids. Thank you Tom Dilley! Check our blog for a virtual tour!

http://wmgs.org/blog/2014/08/our-day-at-oak-hill-cemetery/

 

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

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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: Using the Grand Rapids Public Library catalog for Genealogical Research
Tim Gleisner

Tim will show us the ins and outs of the Grand Rapids Public Library Catalog and databases and how to use them to get the best out of your genealogical research.   Read more...

1:30 pm, Saturday, October 4 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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