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Grand Rapids, MI
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Welcome to Western Michigan!


2021 Annual Got Ancestors?!
day-long conference is coming up
October 16th.
Download Flyer Here (PDF)

2021 has mostly continued as 2020 left off – with everyone “doing Zoom”. So this year’s Got Ancestors?! conference is again being done by Zoom. Our speaker this year is Dana Palmer, CG®, CGL(SM).

For details and registration instructions, click here for www.gotancestors.com



NEWS - The Writers Group has an update. Be sure to check out the new meeting place.

Third Tuesday of September on the 21st at 1:30 p.m.


The Next Bus Trip to Fort Wayne is scheduled for Monday - Tuesday, October 25-26 * 

Allen County Public Library

The registration form (PDF) is available for download at this URL


COVID-19: Updates from the Grand Rapids Public Library can be found at their website. https://www.grpl.org/

They have also created an outstanding resource page for property research, genealogy and local history. And of course, Ancestry is now available from home, as well as American Ancestors. Link: https://www.grpl.org/digital-resources-research/

A GRPL or other library card number is required for some resources.  Don't have one? A temporary e-card for residents of the city of Grand Rapids is offered at https://www.grpl.org/temporary-e-cards/

Have a KDL library card?

  *           For logging onto the Wi-Fi at a GRPL library, use your KDL number with *no* punctuation -- no spaces, no hyphens.  Use your password as you would at a KDL library.

  *           For using https://www.grpl.org resources that say "Library Card Required", instead use https://kdl.org/online-resources

 From elsewhere in Michigan?  See https://mel.org  > link "eResources" or "Participating Libraries".


ABOUT WMGS

The Western Michigan* Genealogical Society was founded in 1954 with the purpose of preserving and making available for genealogical research the records of our ancestors; encouraging and assisting members in genealogical research; promoting the exchange of knowledge and encouraging the deposit of genealogical records in established libraries and archives.  

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*Includes Kent County and the counties immediately surrounding; namely Ottawa, Muskegon, Newaygo, Montcalm, Ionia, Barry and Allegan Counties. There is some extension beyond these counties into other areas of the Western Lower Peninsula.



A resource site for historical and genealogical organizations & repositories within West Michigan www.commoncorners.com

 

New WMGS Publication!
STATE LAND PATENTS, KENT COUNTY, MICHIGAN

Originally compiled by Western Michigan Genealogical Society in 1984, this publication was redone and improved in 2010. Original land patents given by the Michigan State Government from approximately 1840-1879. These are very important records, as Kent County had more state land for sale than any other county in lower Michigan at that time.

Soft cover, 114 pages REVISED, 2010  .........................$14.00

View all publications here


Donations

Please consider making a tax deductible donation in support of genealogical research, education, and preservation in West Michigan. The Western Michigan Genealogical Society is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. More information...

List of Acquisitions and Donations


RESEARCH TOOLS
Genealogical Periodicals in Michigan

All of these periodicals and/or newsletters (whatever has been done over the years) are available at the Library of Michigan (Lansing) and in respective local libraries. Societies: please update the webmaster with corrections or additions.

Card File Subject Index to Grand Rapids Newspapers

The Story of Grand Rapids was edited by Z. Z. Lydens (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Kregel Publications, 1966). A subject card file, citing primarily newspaper articles was prepared during the project and serves as an indirect index to Grand Rapids newspapers.

 
MICHIGANA SECTION

Do you have questions, comments or suggestions for Michigana? Contact the editor, Liz Slowik Sinkevics at Michigana@wmgs.org.

 

KENT COUNTY PIONEER

See the Growing List of Pioneer, Settler and Early Families of Kent County

More information about this project

MONTHLY MEETING


Next scheduled meeting (Virtual)-
Saturday, October 2, 2021

For details click here.

Who Owned It? Land Abstracts


Lori Piercefield FoxPresenter:
Lori Piercefield Fox

Starting Time: 1:30 PM
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Zoom Meeting Link



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