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Gerrit Streelman, originally from the Netherlands, was just stopping by the bank on Grandville Avenue near Grand Rapids, Michigan one morning in 1919 when he realized a robbery was taking place. Shots were fired and Gerrit died instantly.

We all wonder, from time to time, what will become of all our genealogical charts and stories and books and mementoes. What will happen to your stuff?

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 […]

2017 WMGS Writing Contest Winners to be announced on Saturday, May 6th, at the monthly meeting of the Western Michigan Genealogical Society in the Ryerson Auditorium at the downtown Grand Rapids Library. Winning entries will be included in future issues of Michigana.

Do You Find Social Media Sites Helpful in Your Genealogical Searching? Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr, YouTube, Google Plus, Instagram, Flickr, etc. If so, please send your comments on which sites you use and how these sites have helped you by November 15, 2016. Send to the Editor:  michigana@wmgs.org Request from R. Waybrant, Editor of Michigana

One of the articles in the upcoming summer 2016 issue of Michigana is about Grace VanHoesen (1870-1959), a very active citizen of Grand Rapids. Grace was an involved citizen, dedicating her time to service on county boards and political entities. She was an organizer of Grand Rapids’ League of Women Voters, co-authoring their first edition, […]

Thank you to all who entered the 2016 WMGS Writing Contest.  The judges had a challenging time in choosing the winners of this year’s contest. Watch for these stories and more in upcoming issues of Michigana. First Place: Jessica Riley, “Canadian Captive” New England and Canada during the French and Indian War Second Place: Marlene […]

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 […]

We receive inquiries regularly. A recent question was about the availability of church records at the Grand Rapids Public Library. Do you maintain historical (approx. 1850-1900) church records from the following churches: St. Patrick’s Catholic church in Ada, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Hubbardston, and Saints Peter and Paul in Ionia?  Are these maintained […]