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Traditions often enrich and strengthen family bonds and create fond memories. Whether they are stories, activities, or beliefs handed down from generation to generation, it’s important to preserve your family traditions for future generations. WMGS encourages you to write about one of your family’s traditions. They may occur daily, weekly, monthly or yearly, and revolve […]

I’ve heard it said that only about 10 to 20 percent of the genealogical information out there is available online. Yet, that is often the first or maybe the only place that people, myself included, look. I prefer to do my research late at night when there are no distractions. Unfortunately, libraries and other places […]

Christmas 1954

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For Christmas this year (2016), my sister sent me an old recipe box stuffed with letters to my father in the 1940’s and 1950’s. One of the first ones I pulled out, on December 25, described my grandmother’s Christmas in 1954. She lived in Niagara Falls Ontario, the community where she, and later my father, […]

Early Memories…

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There are times that I just happen across things in my house that have been there for years… originating from a grandparent, distant cousin, or was acquired, stored and forgotten. Sound familiar? This is one of those stories. My grandfather Kenneth Bennett passed away twenty years ago. Since I was the “family historian” items often […]

Coming full circle

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I was cleaning out stuff in the attic. I had a thousand black and white negatives with contact prints from fifty years ago. I kept the ones I wanted, about twenty, and the rest I threw away into a box. Since it was the season, I wrapped the box up in Christmas paper and gave […]

I confess I have spent more time researching the life and work of a former resident of my house in Grand Rapids than I have of any other single person. I can’t seem to resist searching for Lawrence Carmichael Earle when new resources come to my attention (see www.lcearle.com). Recently, I was looking on the Grand […]

As genealogists, we have all had that ‘a-ha!’ moment and regularly ask the genie spirits to provide another one. A couple of weeks ago I was able to share someone else’s, based on my past experience. I’m one of the Tuesday volunteer help group at the downtown Grand Rapids Public Library and it is particularly […]

On September 11, 2001, where were you? How has that date affected you, your family, our nation? We are putting together an issue on 9/11 and would like to hear from you. This is a part of our history. Would you like to know how your great-grandparents and great-great grandparents felt about the Civil War […]

Recently I had a genie serendipity experience that was fun, productive and rewarding. Because I didn’t have faith in the published research I had found on my New Amsterdam families, I hadn’t pursued any of the families. What I had was spotty and incomplete. A trip to New York City in May with the New […]

Perfect early August weather and great tour. Here are some photos of our day with Tom Dilley at Oak Hill Cemetery. Enjoy the virtual tour – photos courtesy of Marcia Shears.