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NOTICE: The Grand Rapids Public Library notified us that it is cancelling
all programs, classes, and meetings until further notice due to COVID-19.
For WMGS events, the cancellation includes all our membership meetings, board meetings,
DNA group, classes, April Bus Trip, and Writers Group.
(Posted March 12, 2020)
Update: In the interest of public health, all GRPL locations will be
closed starting Saturday, March 14 until further notice.
2020 WMGS Writing Contest
~ A Memorable Trip or Journey ~
is a part of many family experiences and the stories that come from the
trips we, and our ancestors have made shape us into who we have become.
Write a story about a memorable trip or journey.
Entries will be accepted between January 1 & March 31, 2020. Full description and 2020 contest rules
Michigan Genealogical Society’sCANCELLED
Bus Trip to Fort Wayne’s
Allen County Public Library
(Originally scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, April 27 & 28.)
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.
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
A resource site for historical and genealogical organizations &
repositories within West Michigan www.commoncorners.com
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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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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Periodicals in Michigan
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.
File Subject Index to Grand Rapids Newspapers
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.
Do you have questions, comments or suggestions
for Michigana? Contact the editor, Julie DeVisser at Michigana@wmgs.org.
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