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We greatly enjoyed having Tony Burroughs as the speaker for our 2011 Got Ancestors?! Genealogy in Black & White and Blue & Gray seminar. I met Tony again at the recent FGS 2013 conference in Fort Wayne, Indiana and he mentioned to me a new project he’s been working on. This project is to try and identify […]

I really enjoy genealogy. I mean REALLY. I know people who’ve been doing family research much longer than me. Most don’t get paid. We aren’t forced. Why is it people “work” for years on their family history if it isn’t fun? What’s so fun about it? Genealogy is often compared to jigsaw puzzles. Puzzles are […]

WMGS recently purchased the following books for the Grand Rapids Public Library family history collection. Thanks to our volunteers & members we are able to make acquisitions such as this. The titles below have all been cataloged and are on the shelves! Abstracts and Extracts of the Legislative Acts and Resolutions of the State of […]

6 April 2013 was WMGS Volunteer Appreciation Day. The Winners of the Writers’ Competition were announced and were presented with their Awards, and the 2012 Volunteer of the Year – Jan VanWyck was announced. Pictures are below. Click to View the whole photo gallery

The Western Michigan Genealogical Society received a sizable donation of books this past summer from Barbara Vander Mark. If you have Illinois ancestors, especially from McLean County, you need to review this list. We’ve sent the books on to the Grand Rapids Public Library and the titles are now on the shelves on the 4th floor. Thanks […]

Michigana is now ready! If you are a member, it should be delivered to your mailbox within the next couple weeks. We apologize for the delay!! We experienced technical problems earlier this year and those have been resolved. The lost work has been restored. Then, unfortunately, our editor has been battling some health problems.  She’s […]

Archives of Michigan welcomes family heritage collection from Library of Michigan The Michigan Department of Education and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources have agreed to move selected Family Heritage Collections currently housed in the Library of Michigan to the reading room of the Archives of Michigan. The move will continue the state’s stewardship of […]

Saturday 2 April 2011 was WMGS Volunteer Appreciation Day. This year we honoured 105 volunteers who had helped Western Michigan Genealogical Society out in some way during 2010. Enjoy the full gallery of pictures below.

2010 Awards

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The 2010 WMGS Awards were presented at the Saturday 4 December 2010 membership meeting. Seven Awards were announced and/or presented: AGO Organisation Award: Grand Rapids History and Special Collections Department of the Grand Rapids Public Library AGO Individual Award: Dawn Kelly Communication Award: Lisa Christensen President’s Award: Janet Jensen Volunteer of the Year Award: Patrick […]

I thought I’d catch up with what Megan Smolenyak Smolyenak is doing in these weeks prior to coming to west Michigan to speak at our Annual Seminar in November. She’s one of five world-class speakers that have been lined up for the 6th Annual Genealogy Conference and Cruise starting tomorrow, September 18th. This week-long conference […]