2013 Baxter Award Recipient
The Western Michigan Genealogical Society
“The Western Michigan Genealogical Society (WMGS) 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.”
Their area of focus 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.
The objectives and purposes for which the Society is organized are:
1. to preserve and make available for genealogical research the records of our ancestors;
2. to encourage and assist members in genealogical research;
3. to promote the exchange of such knowledge;
4. to encourage the deposit of genealogical records in established libraries and archives;
5. to publish a genealogical newsletter, bulletin, or magazine on a quarterly basis.
WMGS has published many books based on research done by members. The latest is 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 are included. These are very important records, as Kent County had more state land for sale than any other county in lower Michigan at that time.
Their quarterly publication, MICHIGANA specializes in original and unpublished material, concentrating on western Michigan. Bible records, tombstone inscriptions, newspaper excerpts, vital records, family histories, society news and helpful hints are regular features. All members are encouraged to submit material for publication.
Visit their web site at www.wmgs.org to learn more about what they are doing and how you can join.
For more information about the Western Michigan Genealogical Society please visit their website at www.wmgs.org