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Ted  Bainbridge,  Ph.D. Findagrave.com has announced that the web site soon will change.  Some changes are cosmetic, while others are functional.  A map feature has been added. The home page, formerly just a list of over thirty choices, will become a photograph with a few menu selections across the top.  That page will be dominated […]

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.

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.

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 […]

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 […]