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 TONI I. BENSON ROOM
OF LOCAL HISTORY AND GENEALOGY

The society, in collaboration with the Van Buren District Library, maintains and
supports
the historical book and manuscript collection that is located in the
at the Webster Memorial Library (address above).

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
GENEALOGY STUDY GROUP TO MEET SATURDAY NOV. 8
The Van Buren District Library along with our society is forming a study group that will meet on the second
Saturdays of each month through March in the Toni I. Benson Room of the Webster Memorial Library in Decatur.
Join us anytime between 10 a.m and noon to participate in discussions that will be designed  to help new and
intermediate level researchers.
Attending every session is not mandatory and topics discussed will be based on the participants skill level.
Call the library at 269-423-4771 or Joyce Beedie at 269-657-4409 for additional information.
AREA 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.
THE TRUE NORTHERNER (Paw Paw), 1858 - 1901
and other area papers can be found on the Library of Congress website, www.chroniclingamerica.loc.gov
The links below will be helpful in your online search.

Van Buren County Newspapers
Allegan County Newspapers
Berrien County Newspapers
Cass County Newspapers
Kalamazoo County Newspapers
The new Webster Memorial Library signs unveiled on October 25th, 2104 renaming the local history room in honor
of Toni I. Benson, the libraries first  Local History and Genealogy Librarian and Charter Member of the VBRGS
.
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