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KVGS Vertical Files at WMU Archives
KVGS has accumulated material in vertical files during the last forty year and many members are unaware of this resource.  The contents have come from numerous sources including copies of members' records, previous research done for others, small groupings of family history materials that can fit in a file folder. A master finding aid (notebook) of the surnames does exist at the Regional Archives at WMU and soon we will have a CD index. The project was started in 1995 and is regularly updated as materials are added.  The KVGS vertical file is maintained by Ardis J. Pierce.  May 2009


Kalamazoo County Probate Court Indexes

The four-volume index has been scanned on the county clerk's equipment and turned over to Probate Court. Ultimately the deteriorating index books can be moved to permanent storage.  Wayne Loney scanned the documents and we are awaiting a decision from the Kalamazoo County Probate Court regarding the use of these indexes.   May 2009


Kalamazoo County Probate Court Indexes

The four-volume index has been scanned on the county clerk's equipment and turned over to Probate Court. Ultimately the deteriorating index books can be moved to permanent storage. Wayne Loney scanned the documents and we are awaiting a decision from the Kalamazoo County Probate Court regarding the use of these indexes.  May 2009


Kalamazoo County Clerk Vital Records Indexes

County Clerk Tim Snow allowed us to us a large scanner in his Register of Deeds office. The scanning of the vital records for Kalamazoo County was completed in 2008.  The indexes will eventually be posted on the Kalamazoo County Clerk website.  This project is complete. The volunteers were:  William Miller, Ardis Pierce, Howard Potrude, and Wayne Loney.  May 2009


Births and Deaths in Township Records
 
Ledgers which were retained by the smaller cities or townships, were recalled by Mr. Snow to his office.  Volunteers compared the ledger information with the county's records to determine if the information has been previously recorded at the county level.  The project is now
close to finish with verifications which need to be completed. KVGS members who volunteered numerous hours on this project area:  Mary Hodges, Suzanne Norton, Ardis Pierce, Sue Sanders, Mary Skinner, and Jan Smith
.   May 2009


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