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MICHIGANA ARTICLE | TABLE OF CONTENTS LISTINGS | INDEX PROJECT

February/March 2004
November/December 2003 | August/September 2003 | May/June 2003 | February/March 2003
Winter 2002 | Fall 2002 | Summer 2002 | Spring 2002

Fall 2001 | Summer 2001 | Spring 2001 | Winter 2001

February/March 2004

Features:
  • Protected from the Elements: Storing Heirlooms at Home, By Maureen A. Taylor
    Naturalizations with an Insight to History, By Juliana Smith
  • The Pennsylvania Railroad, Submitted By Karen Blumenshine
  • The Writer’s Corner: using Photographs to Jump Start Your Writing, By Bobbi Schirado
  • The Brechting Family History, By Mary Rasch Alt
  • History of the Evangelical Lutheran Immanuel Parish - Part VI, By Lisa Christensen
  • Wedding Anniversary Announcements in the Grand Rapids Shopping News - Submitted by Sue Irvine, Indexed by Evelyn Ehlers

Departments:

  • Editor’s Notes, “Family History Month” - by Bobbi Schirado
  • Our Extended Family: Virginia Staal - Family is First in Her Heart
  • Village Square, - Edited by Cyndi Kuhlman
  • The News in Brief
  • We Need Memories
  • Welcome to New Members
  • Michigana Needs Ancestral Sketches
  • Book Review: Living Family History, Creating a Multimedia Biography
  • Computer Talk, - Edited by Denni Peterson
  • 100 Years Ago - The Rockford Register - Edited By Nancy

November/December 2003

Features

  • Returning Jascha - By H. David Morrow
  • The Library of Michigan - an Enduring Resource, By Mary Rasch Alt
  • History of the Evangelical Lutheran Immanuel Parish - Part IV, By Lisa Christensen
  • The Online WMGS Index to Women Who Resided at the Michigan Soldiers Home
  • Submitted by Wanda Schottler
  • The Johansson - Lavine Family Bible, Submitted By Don Bryant
  • Wedding Anniversary Announcements in the Grand Rapids Shopping News
  • Submitted by Sue Irvine, Indexed by Evelyn Ehlers
  • Subject and Every Name Index to Michigana Volume 49Departments

Departments

  • Editor’s Notes, “Family History Month” - by Bobbi Schirado
  • Our Extended Family: Suzanne Carpenter, a Most Interesting Hostess
  • WMGS Membership News -
    • Time to Renew Your Membership
    • Snowbird Alert
    • New WMGS Acquisitions at the Grand Rapids Public Library
    • Welcome to New Members
  • Village Square, - Edited by Cyndi Kuhlman
  • Book Reviews - Your Guide to Cemetery Research, by Sharon De Bartolo Carmack,
    Reviewed by Nancy Myers
  • The Ancestry of Dr. J. P. Guilford Seventeenth Century New England Colonials and a Few Eighteenth Century Immigrants, by Joan s. Guilford, Ph. D.,
    Reviewed by Evelyn Sawyer
  • Computer Talk, - Edited by Denni Peterson
  • 100 Years Ago - The Greenville Independent - Submitted By Trena Vander Woude

August/September 2003

Features

  • The National WWII Memorial
  • United States Daughters of 1812
  • The Legacy Project
  • Autograph Books - A Unique Resource
  • In Search of the Wild LNU’s
  • New LDS Church and MyFamily.com Partnership
  • Reunion Resources - By Denni Peterson
  • Finding Aid - New York State Census Questions - By Suzanne Carpenter
  • History of the Evangelical Lutheran Immanuel Parish - Part III, By Lisa Christensen
  • Wedding Anniversary Announcements in the Grand Rapids Shopping News
    Submitted by Sue Irvine, Indexed by Evelyn Ehlers

Departments

  • Editor’s Notes, “Family History Month” - by Bobbi Schirado
  • Our Extended Family: Roger Moffat
  • WMGS Membership News -
    • Welcome to New Members
    • National Genealogical Society Family Papers Collection
    • Kent County Pioneer Certificate Program
    • Fall Bus Trip to Allen County Public Library
    • New WMGS Acquisitions at the Grand Rapids Public Library
  • Village Square, - Edited by Cyndi Kuhlman
  • Book Reviews - By Evelyn Sawyer
  • Computer Talk, - Edited by Denni Peterson
  • 100 Years Ago - The Greenville Independent
  • Queries

May/June 2003

Features

  • WMGS Heritage Tea
  • New WMGS and Michigana Preservation Project
  • Information Location - The “New” Old Grand Rapids Public Library
    By Bobbi Schirado
  • Information Location - The New “Temporary” Allen County Public Library
    By Bobbi Schirado
  • Abstract of Title, Submitted by Pat Fry
  • History of the Evangelical Lutheran Immanuel Parish - Part II, By Lisa Christensen
  • Netherlands Research Sources on the Web, By David Joyce
  • Family History Strategies from a Clogged Vacuum Cleaner, By Julianna Smith
  • The Hillebrand Family Scrapbook, Submitted by Mary Rasch Alt
  • Wedding Anniversary Announcements in the Grand Rapids Shopping News
    Submitted by Sue Irvine, Indexed by Evelyn Ehlers

Departments

  • Editor’s Notes, “Michigana Needs Lots of Heads” - by Bobbi Schirado
  • Our Extended Family: Lisa Christensen - Multi-talented
  • WMGS Membership News -
    • WMGS Chronicles its Own “Family” History
    • Welcome to New Members
    • Bus Trip to the Library of Michigan
    • Proposed WMGS Bylaw Changes
  • Village Square, - Edited by Cyndi Kuhlman
  • CD Review - Genealogy, Climbing Your Family Tree - by Denni Peterson
  • The Answer Elf
  • Book Review, Father Marquette - by Nancy Myers
  • Computer Talk, - Edited by Cyndi Kuhlman
  • Queries
February/March 2003

Features

  • WMGS DataMaster Report for 2002
    By Roger Moffat
  • New WMGS and Michigana Preservation Project
  • History of the Evangelical Lutheran Immanuel Parish - Part I
    By Lisa Christensen
  • A Diary: One year in the life of Rosa Johnson Blackmer, a Michigan Pioneer Wife
    By Karen Blumenshine
  • A Father’s Legacy
    By Marlene Fabbro
  • 100 Years Ago: the Greenville Independent
    Compiled by Trenna Vander Woude
  • Minutes of the North Berlin and South Ionia Aid Society - Part II
  • Minute Book Donated by Sue Irvine, Transcription by Denni Peterson
    Compiled by Sue Irvine and Beverly Summers
  • Wedding Anniversary Announcements in the Grand Rapids Shopping News
    Submitted by Sue Irvine, Indexed by Evelyn Ehlers

Departments

  • Editor’s Notes, “Rambling Thoughts from Sleepless Nights” - by Bobbi Schirado
  • Our Extended Family: Don Bryant - Helping to Access Family History
  • WMGS Membership News -
    • Remembering a Friend - Warren John Catanach
    • Welcome to New Members
    • Spring Bus Trip to the Allen County Public Library
    • New Acquisitions at the Grand Rapids Public Library
  • Village Square, - Edited by Cyndi Kuhlman
  • The Answer Elf
  • Computer Talk, - Edited by Cyndi Kuhlman
  • Queries

FALL 2002

Features:
  • Guidelines for Using Records, Repositories, and Libraries
  • National Genealogical Society
  • The Ken Gackler Award of Merit
  • Wedding Anniversary Announcements in the Grand Rapids Shopping News - Submitted by Sue Irvine, Indexed by Evelyn Ehlers
  • 100 YEARS AGO: The Middleville Sun - Compiled by Roberta Meeker
  • Preserving My Family’s History
  • Minutes of the North Berlin and South Ionia Aid Society - Part I
  • Minute Book Donated by Sue Irvine, Transcription by Denni Peterson
  • The Grand Rapids Boat & Canoe Clue Annual Banquet - 1919 - Submitted by Sue Irvine
  • Subject Index to Vol. 48, Issues 1, 2, 3, and 4 - Compiled by Sue Irvine and Beverly Summers
  • An Every Name Index to Vol. 48, Issues 1, 2, 3, and 4 - Compiled by Sue Irvine and Beverly Summers

Departments:

  • Editor’s Notes, “:”What Michigana Is and Is Not” - by Bobbi Schirado
  • Our Extended Family: Ken Gackler = Commitment
  • WMGS Membership News -
    • Manuscripts, Acquisitions and Gifts in 2002
    • Welcome to New Members
  • Beyond Genealogy Contest Is a Tie
  • The Answer Elf
  • Village Square, - Edited by Cyndi Kuhlman
  • Computer Talk, - Edited by Cyndi Kuhlman
  • Book Review: Honoring Our Ancestors

SUMMER 2002

Features:

  • 100 YEARS AGO: The Middleville Sun - Compiled by Roberta Meeker
  • UNIQUE RESOURCE: Using School Records to Enhance Your Research - By Lisa Christensen
  • Evidence and Clues in Land Records - Harlan Was Cleoma Greenly’s Brother - By Shirley De Boer, CG
  • Wedding Anniversary Announcements in the Grand Rapids Shopping News - Submitted by Sue Irvine, Indexed by Evelyn Ehlers
  • National Register Sons of the American Revolution, Part V - Submitted by Evelyn Sawyer

Departments:

  • Editor’s Notes, “Oh, the Stories We Tell!” - by Bobbi Schirado
  • Our Extended Family: Evelyn Sawyer - Preserving and Protecting Records for All
  • WMGS Membership News -
    • A Ceremony of Remembrance and an Old Soldiers Picnic
    • NGS Guidelines for Genealogical Self-Improvement and Growth
    • Research in Ft. Wayne
    • Welcome to New Members
  • Beyond Genealogy Contest
  • The Answer Elf
  • Village Square, - Edited by Cyndi Kuhlman
  • Computer Talk, - Edited by Cyndi Kuhlman

SPRING 2002

Features:
  • INFORMATION LOCATION: WMGS Visits the Allen County Public Library By Denni Peterson
  • BEYOND GENEALOGY - More Than Vital Statistics - Beyond Genealogy Contest Rules
  • 100 YEARS AGO: The Middleville Sun - Compiled by Roberta Meeker
  • FINDING AIDS: Submitted by Wanda Schottler
  • County Clerk Contacts and Vital Record Costs in Michigan
  • State Vital Record Sources
  • The Mystery of the Homeless Bible; A Case Study Following
  • Three Centuries of Clues By Bobbi Schirado
  • MAP RESOURCE: Grand Rapids Before the Freeways - Submitted by Don Bryant
  • The Seymour - Palmer Letters Submitted by Margot Mueller Else, Nancy Palmer Mueller, Shelley Mueller Pew Fletcher
  • UNIQUE RESOURCE: Insurance Records, Part II - Submitted by Donna Rogers
  • National Register Sons of the American Revolution, Part IV - Submitted by Evelyn Sawyer

Departments:

  • Editor’s Notes, “Why Isn’t Everything Indexed?” - by Bobbi Schirado
  • Our Extended Family: Cyndi Kuhlman = Enthusiasm
  • Village Square, - Edited by Cyndi Kuhlman
  • Computer Talk, - Edited by Cyndi Kuhlman
  • Queries

WINTER 2002

Features

  • 100 YEARS AGO: The Middleville Sun, Compiled by Roberta Meeker
  • UNIQUE RESOURCE: Insurance Records, Part I, Submitted by Donna Rogers
  • BEYOND GENEALOGY: The Reading of Casper’s Will, By Vee Houseman
  • INFORMATION LOCATION: Wyoming Township and City Resources - Story and Photographs by Joanne Bailey Boorsma
  • FINDING AID; The Eleventh Census of the United States - 1890; A Special Census for Union Veterans and Their Widows - by Bobbi Schirado
  • National Register Sons of the American Revolution, Part IV - Submitted by Evelyn Sawyer

Departments

  • Editor’s Notes, “Some of Them are ALIVE!!!” - by Bobbi Schirado
  • WMGS Membership News:
    • Welcome to New Members
    • WMGS Publishes Index to The History of Kent County
    • Our Extended Family: Shirley De Boer, CG
  • Book Review: The Fonger Family, Reviewed by Mary Alt
  • Village Square, - Edited by Cyndi Kuhlman
  • Computer Talk, - Edited by Cyndi Kuhlman
  • Queries

FALL 2001

Features

  • Recent Additions to the Family History Room at the GRPL
  • National Register Sons of the American Revolution, Part III - Submitted by Evelyn Sawyer
  • History Mystery Contest - Tell Me Your Name . . . The 1865 Diary of a Western Michigan Woman - By Shirley M. De Boer, CG., and Bobbi Schirado
  • Index to the Michigan Horticulturist, 1885 and 1886 - Compiled by Sue Irvine
  • You Can go Home Again - An Immigrant’s Visit to “The Old County’ in 1910 - Submitted by Steve Adriaanse
  • The Smalley-Mason Wedding Book - Submitted by Sue Irvine
  • Civil War Soldiers - Contributed by Sister Michael Ellen Carling, O.P.
  • Review of “the History of the Great Lakes Region,” the 26th Annual Great Lakes Historical Conference - Reviewed by Mary Alt
  • Subject and Surname Index for Michigana Vol. 47, Issues 1, 2, 3, 4, 2001 Compiled by Sue Irvine

Departments

  • Editor’s Notes, “Family History Month”
  • WMGS Membership News
    • Marlene Fabbro, WMGS Treasurer
  • Village Square, Edited by Cyndi Kuhlman
  • Computer Talk, Edited by Cyndi Kuhlman
  • “Exploring Internet Myths,” By Juliana Smith
  • Queries

SUMMER 2001

Features

  • Information Location - The Michigan Veterans’ Facility
  • Finding Aid - Using Michigan GAR Records for Family History Research
  • The DeBlaay Family Record
  • The Mystery of the Homeless Bible, Part II
  • Information Location - The Byron Center Historical and Genealogy Society
  • Sometimes You Have to Laugh - The Zen of Genealogy
  • National Register Sons of the American Revolution, Part II

Departments

  • Editor’s Notes
  • WMGS Membership News
    • Meet WMGS Secretary, Janet Jensen
  • Village Square
  • Computer Talk
  • Book Reviews
  • Queries

SPRING 2001

Features

  • A Family History Mystery Contest
  • Company F, Sixth Michigan Cavalry Photographs Needed
  • The Rasch Family, From Napoleon to the Civil War, By Odette Rasch Howard, Phil Rasch and Mary Rasch Alt
  • Civil War Resources in West Michigan
  • Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, By Bruce Butgereit
  • Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, By Susan Norder
  • The Women’s Relief Corps, By Marcia Bruin
  • Tell Me Your Name . . . The 1865 Diary of a Western Michigan Woman, Submitted by Mary Jo Rood Robertson
  • The Simmons Family, By Wenda Fore
  • Western Michigan Genealogical Society Constitution and Bylaws

Departments

  • Editor’s Notes, By Bobbi Schirado
  • Welcome to New Members
  • WMGS Vice President is mmmmmmm. Koole
  • Village Square, By Cyndi Kuhlman
  • Strauss Speaks at March Meeting
  • Computer Talk - By Cyndi Kuhlman
  • Queries

Winter 2001

Features

  • Goodbye Friend: Kenneth Palmer, by Evelyn Sawyer
  • Cyndi Kuhlman is New Chairman of the Board
  • Your Opinion Count! Vote on New WMGS Bylaws Will Be at April Meeting
  • Meet the First WMGS President of the 21st Century
  • FINDING AIDE, A Cross Index to Selected City Streets and Enumeration Districts, 1910 Census by Shirley De Boer, CG
  • National Register Sons of the Revolution
  • Over 500,000 Surnames Available on WMGS Databases, by Roger Moffat
  • The Mystery of the Homeless Bible, by Bobbi Schirado
  • Dutch Reunion
  • Lonesome Letters in 1856 Grand Rapids, by Sue Irvine

Departments

  • Editor’s Notes
  • Gifts and Donations to the GRPL
  • Welcome to New Members
  • Book Review: Ravenna Township, Michigan 150 Years, 1849-1999, by Evelyn Sawyer
  • Book Review: Genealogical Periodical Annual Index, by Lisa Christenson
  • Village Square, by Cyndi Kuhlman
  • Computer Talk - by Cyndi Kuhlman
  • 100 Years Ago in Michigan, the Zeeland Record, By Shirley Putman Blaquiere
  • Queries

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