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111 Library Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI
49503-3268
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Online Registration is open now for Got Ancestors?! 2016 with Cyndi Ingle
Friday and Saturday, October 14 & 15 at The Prince Conference Center at Calvin College.

http://GotAncestors.com/
 


Western Michigan Genealogical Society’s
Bus Trip to Fort Wayne’s
Allen County Public Library

The Fall Bus trip is scheduled for Wednesday - Thursday, November 16-17, 2016
Full information and Registration is now available.
Download this form...

Start now preparing for your research visit at www.genealogycenter.org

 

Announcing the WMGS
2017 Writing Contest

~ A Sense of Place ~
 

Location, Location, Location. Our ancestors moved, settled and moved again. Place often determines occupation, educational opportunities, and even the materials used in building a home.

For the 2017 WMGS Writing Contest, entries should focus on the Great Lakes Region (Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, New York, Ohio, Ontario, and Pennsylvania).

We would love to hear your story. Write it up and enter the 2017 writing contest!  Start your project now!  Entries will be accepted between January 1 & March 30, 2017. Full rules and entry information can be found on the downloadable and printable form HERE.

 



 

We are SO excited! National Genealogical Society President, Jordan Jones, announced in May that the 2018 Family History Conference will be held at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Details about the conference will be available in the fall of 2017.
Press release at Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter...


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.


 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

View all publications here


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

 


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, Ruth Waybrant 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

Our next Monthly Membership Meeting is Saturday, October 1st 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Maps, Gazetteers and Directories
...are one of the many avenues of research available to the genealogist. Sometimes they aren't used as much as they should be...

Presenter: Shirley Gage Hodges

 

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also on October 1st...

Mini Class: WHY JOIN A GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY?
(12 Noon – 1:00 p.m.)
Instructor: Linda Guth

Check here for location and description

 

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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.


WMGS' database website has been named to Family Tree Magazine’s list of Best State Websites for Genealogy for 2015, published in the December 2015 issue and online. Click the award badge here to view the entire article.

This 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 5th year in a row! Thank you for your work on behalf of genealogists across the USA.

 


New!! Media 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 talkingtree@wmgs.org and it will reach our Media Committee members who will help spread the news.

 

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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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