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In the interest of public health, all GRPL locations will be
closed starting Saturday, March 14 until further notice.
COVID-19: The Grand Rapids Public Library buildings may be closed, but that
doesn't mean you're not able to research and help by adding to their
Archives. They are collecting and archiving stories about how people
are experiencing the pandemic and would love for you to contribute a
story, and share the project: https://www.grpl.org/covid-19-stories/ They
have also created an outstanding resource page for property research,
genealogy and local history. And of course, Ancestry is now available
from home, as well as American Ancestors. Link: https://www.grpl.org/digital-resources-research/
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...
List of Acquisitions and Donations
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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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 email@example.com.
Committee: Do you know of something that should be publicized
to our family history community? Whether the newsletter or Michigana or
the websites or Facebook? Send the item of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org
and it will reach our Media Committee members who will help spread the