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Historical Records

All of the historical records presented here have been compiled, transcribed, and proofread by volunteers of the Kalamazoo Valley Genealogical Society.

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Record of Inmates at the County Home

The Schoolcraft Express Obituaries, 1917-1972

Parsons' Business College

Applications for Veterans Burial Allotment

Kalamazoo Columbian House, 1893 Chicago Exoposition

Charleston Township Women Electors, 1917-1936

Cooper Township Vigilance Society

Foreign Deaths & Marriages

Farmers' Mutual Insurance Applications

German POWs - The Forgotten Twenty-Six (w/images)

Galesburgh Protection Society

Indigent Soldier, Sailor, or Marine Burials

Kalamazoo County Building & Loan

Kalamazoo Valley Heritage Bible Records

1884 Kalamazoo County Census - Partial  (w/images)

Kalamazoo County Coroner's Inquests

Kalamazoo Government Heads  (w/images)

Kalamazoo Ministers and Clergymen

City of Kalamazoo Police Deaths

Kalamazoo County Pioneer Society, 1905

Michigan Industrial Accidents, 1897-1898

Michigan Suicides, 1900

Non-Residential Burial Permits  (w/images)

Kalamazoo County "Poor Farm" Burials

Probate Record of Frank Kinney

Licenses Granted to Ex-Service Men to Peddle or Vend

Richland Detective Association, 1873

Truesdale Funeral Home, 1942-1946  (w/images)

Texas & Oshtemo Detective and Protective Association

KVGS Collections at the WMU Archives Search

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Epidemic Timeframes

A timeline of major epidemics in the United States from 1657 through the 1918 influenza.
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Kalamazoo Government Heads

Listing of the heads of government for the City of Kalamazoo, Michigan starting in 1843.  Updated with images
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Kalamazoo County Cemeteries

An interactive map that helps you locate every cemetery in Kalamazoo County.
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Below are the names of the interred at two of the largest cemeteries in Kalamazoo County.

Mountain Home Cemetery
Map 7,164 Names
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Mountain Home Jewish Cemetery
Map 290 Names
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Riverside Cemetery
Map 49,437 Names
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Riverside Jewish Cemetery
Map 386 Names
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  Note: Information was provided by the cemeteries.

Kalamazoo County Pioneer Society, 1905

Photograph taken in 1905 of members of the Kalamazoo County Pioneer Society in Schoolcraft, Michigan.
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Miscellaneous Ledger 1, 1856-1907

Records of many agreements and corporate formation in the county of Kalamazoo.
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German POW's - The Forgotten Twenty-Six

From 1943 to 1946, Fort Custer housed several German Prisoner of War Camps.  Many of the 4,000 prisoners worked on farms and in vinyards in the area.
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