Welcome to Western Michigan!
Time again: History Detectives
for Local History, Saturday 17 January 2015
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
Why Grand Rapids Chose to Bulldoze Downtown
in the Name of Urban Renewal
The Architecture of Production: Grand
Rapids’ Furniture Factories
Pharaohs on the Grand: The Egyptian Revival
Maple Grove: A History of the Kent County
Fannie Boylon: The Legacy of Grand Rapids’
First Female Home Designer
Support Our Schools: Mid-Century
Architecture and Rebuilding the School Plant
in Grand Rapids
brochure available here...
Presentation at the Grand Rapids Public Library, Main
2015 WMGS Writing Contest
Who was your most
“famous” or “infamous” ancestor? ~
Here is the official Rule Page for your Downloading
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.
Filling in the Blanks
Lori Piercefield Fox
Our family trees begin with basic research:
Ask Mom and Dad who their parents and grandparents and their
great-grandparents. But are names, dates, places the entire
legacy we want to leave? Read more...
1:30 pm, Saturday, January 3 in the
Ryerson Auditorium, Grand Rapids Public Library
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Annual Seminar Site
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)