The Kalamazoo Valley
Genealogical Society serves family historians who live in or are
interested in the
in southwest Michigan.
While we share a common interest in genealogy, the research areas of
our members range from local to international.
Our Mission Statement is to foster genealogical
interest and activities in southwestern Michigan; provide
education in genealogical research techniques; publish and make
available genealogical materials and works to ensure access to
and the preservation of public records.
KVGS recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. In the
early 1950s Alexis Praus, then Museum Director, had the idea to
form a group interested in genealogy, but decided the time was
not right. A few years
later, Ethel Williams had the same idea. Together they talked
about forming a group on genealogy and contacted Hazel Dean and
Faith Jackson to plan a meeting for the public to be held in the
museum in May 1958.
One of the reasons KVGS is such an active society is because of
the wide range activities and benefits active members can
The Board of Directors consists of elected officers, that
include a president, vice-president, Treasurer, secretary, two
trustees, and the most recent former president who is willing to
To view the Bylaws,
Each year, many members of the Kalamazoo Valley Genealogical
Society dedicate their time and talents to help make the society
a very active and vibrant organization.
The Society's library collection is located at the
Western Michigan University Archives and Regional
KVGS is proud to be affiliated with the following organizations:
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