c/o Grand Rapids
111 Library Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI
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Membership advantages include a subscription to
our quarterly publication MICHIGANA
with free query placement, use of the private files of the Society
stored in the Local & Family History Room of the Grand Rapids
Public Library. We are affiliated with the Michigan Genealogical
Council and participate in all of its activities. The WMGS is also a
member of the National
Genealogical Society and the Federation of Genealogical
Societies. Feel free to inspect our Constitution & By-laws,
which includes a list of our current Officers.
*If you are a WMGS
Member, and wish to have your family data posted online for others to
(hopefully) find you can send a GEDCOM file to us. Send it as a file
attachment by eMail to DataMaster@wmgs.org.
Questions? Please email the Datamaster.
If you would like a WMGS name badge, look here for how to order yours.
PROGRAMS, SEMINARS and EDUCATION
Interesting programs on a wide range of
genealogical and historical subjects are presented at our monthly meetings.
Nationally known speakers are scheduled for seminars which the WMGS
periodically sponsors. (see
WMGS offers beginners' classes in genealogy,
usually in the spring & fall. Various other informative
workshops are offered occasionally.
A newsletter is published 3-4 times a year,
updating members on society events and projects.
The WMGS Search Committee works in cooperation
with the Grand
Rapids Public Library and will, for a set fee, do genealogical
For more information write to:
|WMGS Search Committee
Western Michigan Genealogical Society
c/o Grand Rapids Public Library
111 Library Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3268
WMGS has undertaken many genealogical projects in the past, and
continues to do so. Indexing certain histories, census, obituaries, and
church records from western Michigan are some of our past and
The records of the Michigan Veterans Facility
located in Grand Rapids have also been microfilmed and placed in the
Grand Rapids Public Library. We maintain a surname file of the
thousands of persons in our members' family records.
PUBLICATIONS and SALES
WMGS offers for sale a number of publications
especially concerning: State of Michigan, Kent County and many of the
surrounding contiguous counties; how-to books covering getting started,
various states and countries; maps, etc. Our selection of genealogical
charts includes ancestral charts of varied types and number of
generations, family record sheets, and worksheets for research,
correspondence, county vital records and 1800 through 1920 census. If
you have questions about volunteering, email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The above items are available for purchase at our
monthly meetings, beginners' classes and by mail order.
The Local History and Genealogical collection is
held in the Main Branch of the Grand Rapids Public
Library. It is the third largest
collection in the state of Michigan. The strength of the genealogical
holdings is the Michigan Historical Collection, which covers all of
Michigan with a strong emphasis on western Michigan.
The collection also includes materials on New
England, other colonial states and the Western Reserve states. Most of
the major periodicals and bound archival or state papers are here, plus
many printed census indexes and all of the Federal census for the state
of Michigan. Numerous published family genealogies are also available.
Books given to or purchased by WMGS are subject to
Library approval, and shelved with the Library's collection. New
materials are added continuously. All gifts, donations and fees to the
WMGS are used to pay expenses and improve the genealogical collection
of the Grand Rapids Public Library.
Purchases for the collection
We invite you to become a WMGS member.