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2021 WMGS Writing Contest
~ Scandals in the Family ~Within
every family there is likely a story of scandal, whether having
documented proof or not. As geneaologists, we want to scour the
archives, online databases, and newspapers to find the evdence of these
(sometimes) tall tales. Tell us your stories of scandal in the
family - no matter how big or little.
Write it up and enter the 2021 Writing Contest.
Full details here: Rules (PDF)
the interest of public health, all GRPL buildings are temporarily
closed to the public. Learn more about our phased reopening and GRPL To Go.
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/
A GRPL or other library card number is required for some
Don't have one? A temporary e-card for residents of the
city of Grand Rapids is offered at https://www.grpl.org/temporary-e-cards/
Have a KDL library card?
logging onto the Wi-Fi at a GRPL library, use your KDL number with *no* punctuation -- no spaces, no hyphens. Use your
password as you would at a KDL library.
* For using https://www.grpl.org
resources that say "Library Card Required", instead use https://kdl.org/online-resources
From elsewhere in Michigan?
> link "eResources" or
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
View all publications here
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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...
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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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Virtual meeting - Saturday, March 06, 2021
Researching Beyond the Usual Civil War Union sources This session moves beyond the basic information on the service of Union veterans of the Civil War.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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@example.com
and it will reach our Media Committee members who will help spread the