Welcome to Western Michigan!
The newly formed Western Michigan Genealogical
Society DNA Interest Group (DIG)
will meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month in
the Vander Veen Center for the Book (on the 4th
floor of the Grand Rapids Public Library). The
first meeting will be 18 June 2015 at 7p.m.
For more information...
Join the Global Family Reunion
June 6th at the Grand Rapids Public Library
Federation of Genealogical Societies are
facilitating the organization of Global Family
Reunion branch parties at many of its member
societies across the United States and around the
world. WMGS is hosting one of these parties in
the Vanderveen Room on the fourth floor of the Grand
Rapids Main Library on June 6, 2015; come any time
from 10:30AM to 4:30PM.
Brainchild of best-selling author and three-time TED
talk speaker, A.J. Jacobs, the Global Family Reunion
will host the event in New York. It will include
talks, family history exhibits, the world’s largest
family photo, other family reunion activities as
well as live-streaming to branch parties located all
over the world.
can read more about the event at
can find out about AJ Jacobs here
and more about the year he spent in New York trying
to live by biblical rules here
(he spoke about this at RootsTech 2015, including
some pretty funny pictures of a bearded guy in
cotton robes and sandals moving around New York City
which you can view here
WikiTree.com is also getting behind this effort with
a “how are you related to AJ Jacobs” calculator on
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
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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
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
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Civil War Memories in Bronze, White Bronze,
Presenter: Bruce B. Butgereit
belief that the deeds and sacrifice of the soldiers
serving in the Civil War deserved to be preserved for
future generations began in Grand Rapids in 1864, before
the war was over. This program will take you on a tour
of the many Civil War and Grand Army of the Republic
memorials created in the Grand Rapids area.
1:30 pm, Saturday, June 13 in the
Ryerson Auditorium, Grand Rapids Public Library
mini class: Coming to America – Immigration Records
12N - 1 p.m.
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