VAN BUREN REGIONAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
OF SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN  est. 1987

Our mission is to preserve and share the history of the people and places of these southwest Michigan counties.
Van Buren
Kalamazoo
Berrien
Cass
Allegan
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OUR 2014 PROGRAM SCHEDULE

THERE ARE NO SOCIETY MEETINGS IN NOVEMBER,
DECEMBER, JANUARY OR MAY
There is no charge to attend a monthly meeting.
Attend as our guest.

Our membership is made up of a diverse group of people who enjoy sharing their
love of family research.  We welcome anyone who has an interest in genealogy.
ABOUT OUR SOCIETY MEETINGS
February, March, April, June, July, August, September, and October
at 7:00 p.m.
in the Community Room of the
Van Buren District Library
Webster Memorial Library Branch
200 N. Phelps Street
Decatur, MI  49045
269-423-4771

ABOUT THE LOCAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT
The society, in collaboration with the Van Buren District Library, maintains the
historical book and manuscript collection that is located in the
Local History Department of the Webster Memorial Library (address above).

NEW
Local History Department Hours
Monday - Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Closed Sundays and Holidays

PAM PENDER, LIBRARIAN
NORMA STRICKLER, LOCAL HISTORY CLERK

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE LOCAL HISTORY DEPARTMENT

CATALOG OF THE VAN BUREN REGIONAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

CATALOG OF THE VAN BUREN DISTRICT LIBRARY
(This link leads to the Van Buren District Library website)
visitor to this site.  We hope you have found it helpful in your research.
****** VBRGS MEMBER BENEFITS  ******
The current and past issues of the society newsletter "Van Buren Echoes" , along with a "Special Collections"  section, are available to our members
and may be accessed  through the  
MEMBERS ONLY  tab.  If you have forgotten your password email vbrgs@yahoo.com  .
"Special Collections" include business and farmer directories, maps, and plat maps for Cass and Van Buren Counties.
Read more about the VBRGS at  BECOME A MEMBER
BLOGSPOT FOR GENEALOGISTS
"Southwest Michigan Local History and Genealogy Blog"
sponsored by the
          Van Buren District Library                          
http://vanburendistrict.blogspot.com/
This blog  focuses on genealogy and local history resources,
upcoming events, case studies, frequently asked questions, new
acquisitions, collection highlights and research tips as they
pertain to the Local History Collection housed at the library.  Also
included is news of a general nature, as well as of specific
interest to anyone researching in the Southwest Michigan
counties of Allegan, Berrien, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph &
Van Buren.
OUR 27th YEAR OF SERVING THE GENEALOGICAL COMMUNITY OF
SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN
JUNE is MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL TIME
OUR NEXT MEETING WILL BE MONDAY, Aug 25, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
AT THE WEBSTER MEMORIAL LIBRARY, 200 N. PHELPS ST., DECATUR, MI
Guest speaker - LISA ELLAM
"SOCIAL MEDIA FOR GENEALOGY"

Board of Directors will meet at 6:00 p.m., prior to this meeting
NEWSPAPERS AVAILABLE ONLINE
"name and keyword searchable"

HARTFORD DAY SPRING NEWSPAPER 1877-1972
access at  
www.hartfordpl.michlibrary.org

COLOMA COURIER , November 1899-1969
WATERVLIET RECORD 1890-October 1984
TRI-CITY RECORD 1984-2010
access at
www.colomapubliclibrary.net

THE OTSEGO UNION, 1869 - 1937
access at
www.otsegolibrary.org
The 1938-2011 newspapers are still available but only by using a computer in the Otsego library.

THE CASS COUNTY REPUBLICAN, 1858-1880
CONSTANTINE REPUBLICAN, 1836-1838
available through the Library of Congress
access at
www.chroniclingamerica.loc.gov

WE ARE NOW ON FACEBOOK AT "VBRGS SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN GENEALOGY"
VBRGS Supports VAN BUREN COUNTY MIGenWeb
MIGenWeb is administered by our member Joan Jaco and is essential for researching southwest Michigan ancestors.
This website was created and is administrated by Joyce A. R. Beedie.