Welcome to Western Michigan!
the 2014 WMGS Writing Contest
“My Brick Wall”
How you did, did not, or are still trying to
climb your brick wall.
The 2014 Writing Contest will recognize
unpublished excellent genealogical writing
by awarding substantial prizes. Prize
winning entries and those receiving an
“Honorable Mention” will be published in
Michigana. Like all submissions to
Michigana, entries will be thoroughly edited
before publication. Entries will be accepted
between January 1 and
Deadline is EXTENDED to MAY 15.
Everything you need to know is
Ancestors?! Annual Seminar with Dick Eastman
We’ve lined up a great speaker for
this year's GotAncestors?! It has been ten
years since Dick Eastman of Eastman’s Online Genealogy Newsletter
helped us celebrate our golden anniversary
and he'll be here again to help us celebrate
our 60th! Save these dates NOW so that you don’t have a
Friday Night 10 October 2014
Saturday 11 October 2014
Mark Your Calendars and we’ll see you there!!!
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
Membership Information is
*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.
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
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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
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
Do you have questions,
comments or suggestions for Michigana? Contact the
editor, Bobbi Schirado at RHJSchirado@gmail.com
WMGS is a Generations Network Affiliate.
A portion of Ancestry Subscriptions purchased after clicking
the link below will benefit Western Michigan Genealogy.
Family History vs. Genealogy:
Anxious to document your family’s past, but not sure
whether you want to do genealogy or a family history? In
this presentation Ms. Odom will review the difference
between the two and offer suggestions to help you make your
decision. Read more...
1:30 pm, Saturday, May 3 in the
Ryerson Auditorium, Grand Rapids Public Library
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