Kalamazoo Valley Genealogical Society
Kalamazoo Valley Genealogical Society -- Kalamazoo, MI

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Welcome to the Kalamazoo Valley Genealogical Society!

We serve historians and genealogists who are interested in the Kalamazoo River Valley region.

President's Message

Dear Members and Friends of KVGS,
Although the 2017-2018 program year for KVGS has ended, there are several genealogical offerings this summer.
First is the 2018 Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar to be held July 20 and 21 in Lansing, MI.  This annual event is sponsored by the Archives of Michigan and the Michigan Genealogical Council.  The keynote speaker will be David Allen Lambert, Chief Genealogist at the New England Historic Genealogical Society. Friday sessions include Break into the Past: A Game for Genealogists, an Archives of Michigan Tour, and five presentations.

In addition to seven presentations on Saturday, there will be the first Barbara J. Brown Family History Day featuring educational programs and family fun activities throughout the Michigan History Center.  These activities will be held concurrently with the Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar, including an oral history recording booth and genealogical trivia.

For additional information and registration visit Seeking Michigan: www.seekingmichigan.org.
The Allen County Public Library in Ft. Wayne, IN, will host the national Federation of Genealogical Societies’ 2018 conference August 22-25.  There will be hundreds of presentations by nationally-known genealogy speakers.  See the conference website, https://www.fgsconference.org/fgs2018, for registration, hotel information, and the speaker/presentation schedule.
And, the third Monday in September, September 17, KVGS programming begins again with the first meeting of the 2018-2019 year.  The main program at 7:00 pm will be Shirley Gage Hodges speaking about emigration and immigration between Canada and Michigan.  Many Michigan ancestors came through Canada to settle here. There will be a skills session at 6:15 pm preceding the main program.
Hope to see you at one – or all – of these events.
Jan Wright, President

FGS (Federation of Genealogical Societies) Conference
Join thousands of others to hear nationally-known genealogy speakers.  Visit the FGS conference website for details: https://fgs.org/cpage.php?pt=136  

Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society
John Urschel will continue his MI Civil War programs with one titled "Orlando Moore, American Hero."  Urschel has written several books about the Civil War.  ...

Family Tree Maker User Group
Join other FTM software users for discussion and problem solving. No need to register, just show up.  Contact Jan Wright (269.349.8622 or janwright8607@yahoo.com) for more information. ...

Board Meeting
Monthly board meetings are open to members. Come see the Board in action. Directions...

Oshtemo Historical Society
See the attached flyer about activities to celebrate 14 years of preservation at this historic home.

FGS 2018 Seminar in August 2018!
Save the Date for FGS 2018! Thursday, August 23 through Sunday, August 26 Federation of Genealogical Societies 2018 Conference (FGS Events) Ft. Wayne, Indiana FGS returns to the Hoosier State in 2018 providing attendees convenient access to Allen County Public Library which houses one of the largest genealogical research collections available with records from around the world!