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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 […]

NGS 2018 Family History Conference Paths to Your Past Grand Rapids, Michigan Happy New Year Even though it is a brand new 2017, we here at the Western Michigan Genealogical Society look ahead with anticipation to the NGS 2018 Family History conference coming to Grand Rapids! NGS has opened the the call for proposals. DEADLINE […]

Our next monthly meeting: Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 1:30 pm in the Ryerson Auditorium, Grand Rapids Public Library Topic this month: Traffic Violations, Criminal Complaints and Marriages: Records of a Justice of the Peace Justices of the Peace served as local magistrates empowered primarily to administer summary justice in minor cases, to commit for […]

I attended the National Archives’ Genealogy Fair today. Do you think the National Archives only has veteran pension files, immigration records and census records? You need to keep reading. Today’s presentation titled The Best National Archives Records Genealogists Aren’t Using showed many examples of other records that the Archives holds like relinquished, rejected or canceled […]

The Flat River Community Library in Greenville, Michigan in Montcalm County has their digitized collections available online. Kelly Worden, Local History and Reference Assistant at the library explains they include text-searchable newspapers of the Greenville/Montcalm County area from 1857-1923 and various vital record indexes from Montcalm County. Convenient links to these resources are now available […]

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 […]

Western Michigan Genealogical Society’s 2016 Volunteer Appreciation Day for our 2015 Volunteers was held on Saturday 2 April 2016 – an unexpectedly Wintery day as it turned out… 70 Volunteers helped us out last year and their names were on slides that rotated in sequence while the presentations were being made. Of that 70, 30 made it […]

Western Michigan Genealogical Society’s 2014 Volunteer Appreciation Day for our 2013 Volunteers was held on Saturday 5 April 2014. The presentation of Volunteer of the Year was made to Nancy Guzzo. The recognition of the rest of our volunteers followed and those who were present were presented with their appreciation token and assembled for a […]