Your 2019 Calendar Items:
12th Annual History Detectives:
Sleuthing for Local History
Saturday, January 19, 2019
9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Ryerson Auditorium, Grand Rapids Public Library
Downloadable Brochure HERE
Spring 2019 WMGS Research trip to Fort Wayne's
Allen County Public Library is scheduled!
Save the date!
Wednesday and Thursday, April 24 - 25.
Registration details to be announced.
2019 WMGS Writing Contest
~Aunts, Uncles, & other Collateral Relatives~
uncles, and cousins are all part of your family’s history. They
are your collateral relatives. Some are saints; others may be very
intriguing Black Sheep.
Possible topics include: How
they helped you advance your research; Aspects of their
lives; Why are they different or unique
We would love to hear your story. Write it up and enter the 2019 writing contest!
Entries will be accepted betweenFull rules & details are right here (PDF)
January 1 & March 31, 2019
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
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
View all publications here
A resource site for historical and genealogical organizations &
repositories within West Michigan www.commoncorners.com
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
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, Ruth Waybrant at [email protected].
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next Monthly Membership Meeting is Saturday, February 2nd
Finding your Michigan Ancestor at the Library of Michigan
Presenter: Tim GleisnerFrom newspapers, books, newsletters to magazines, the Library of Michigan has tried to collect it.
Find out Tim's secrets to finding your ancestors.
Mini Class: 12 noon -1 p.m.
Topic: Black History MonthIn commemoration of Black History Month this mini-class will review and learn about little known facts about Black History.
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Annual Seminar Site
about our search services?
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 protected].
WMGS' database website
has been named to Family Tree Magazine’s list of Best
State Websites for Genealogy for 2016, published in the December 2016 issue
and online. Click the award badge here to view the entire article.
list honors the best websites that specialize in genealogy
research for one of the 50 US states. The 75 websites represent the
go-to online destinations for tracing American ancestors, state by
state. We thank our hard working WMGS volunteers
that contribute every year to achieve this... the 6th year in a row!
Thank you for your work on behalf of genealogists across the USA.
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 [email protected]
and it will reach our Media Committee members who will help spread the