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Announcing the 2014 WMGS Writing Contest
 “My Brick Wall”
How you did, did not, or are still trying to climb your brick wall.

The 2014 Writing Contest will recognize unpublished excellent genealogical writing by awarding substantial prizes. Prize winning entries and those receiving an “Honorable Mention” will be published in Michigana. Like all submissions to Michigana, entries will be thoroughly edited before publication. Entries will be accepted between January 1 and March 28 Deadline is EXTENDED to MAY 15. Everything you need to know is here. Get writing!


 

2014 Got Ancestors?! Annual Seminar with Dick Eastman

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!  Save these dates NOW so that you don’t have a scheduling conflict.

Friday Night 10 October 2014

Saturday 11 October 2014

Mark Your Calendars and we’ll see you there!!!

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: Family History vs. Genealogy: Donna Odom

Anxious to document your family’s past, but not sure whether you want to do genealogy or a family history? In this presentation Ms. Odom will review the difference between the two and offer suggestions to help you make your decision.   Read more...

1:30 pm, Saturday, May 3 in the Ryerson Auditorium, Grand Rapids Public Library

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