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December Sales Table Discount 
We will be celebrating our 65th anniversary at our December meeting with cake and a sale! The WMGS Sales Table will offer a 20% discount off your entire purchase if you are a member of WMGS or a 10% discount off your entire purchase if you are NOT a member of WMGS. Only available at December 7, 2019 meeting.



2020 WMGS Writing Contest
~ A Memorable Trip or Journey ~

Travel 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.

Full description and 2020 contest rules (PDF download)


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.



A resource site for historical and genealogical organizations & repositories within West Michigan www.commoncorners.com

 

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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Donations

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...

List of Acquisitions and Donations


RESEARCH TOOLS
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, Julie DeVisser at Michigana@wmgs.org.

 

KENT COUNTY PIONEER

See the Growing List of Pioneer, Settler and Early Families of Kent County

More information about this project

MONTHLY MEETING

Meetings are free and open to the public

Our next Monthly Meeting is Saturday, December 7th

1000 Photographs;
A Visual Journey of Family Roots

George Bayard IIIPresenter: George A. Bayard III

1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Details here

 

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 Check out the research resource page. Whether you need an obituary lookup or a one, two or three hour custom search in West Michigan, we can help. You may email your questions to search@wmgs.org.

 


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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.


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