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

Welcome to the KVGS website!

 
We serve historians and genealogists who are interested in the Kalamazoo River Valley region - and around the world, too.  Join us!

Welcome All!

 
Please join us for our next general meeting on April 15 at 7:00 pm. Following the meeting, Author, Vlogger, & Podcaster Michael Delaware will present "The Art of the Story." Come and hear Michael discuss his new book and how to turn factual snippets into stories.
 
Cover-image-single-frontThis hybrid event can be attended either in person at the Portage District Library located at 300 Library Lane, Portage, MI, or virtually through Zoom. Socializing and refreshments will start at 6:30 pm at the library. KVGS members will receive a meeting reminder with a Zoom registration link a few days before the meeting. You can also register on Zoom through the EVENTS page on our website.
 
Michael Delaware is an active Vlogger on YouTube and host of the podcast Tales of Southwest Michigan's Past. His new book, "Victorian Southwest Michigan True Crime," released through History Press in March 2024, includes seventeen lost true crime stories from southwest Michigan History. The stories take place in Battle Creek, Jackson, Dowagiac, Hastings, Eaton Rapids, Coldwater, Colon, Kalamazoo, and Marshall, Michigan. All took place during the Victorian era, between 1837 and 1901, corresponding with the reign of English Queen Victoria.
 
Before then, we invite you to visit our website's RESEARCH TRIPS pages to learn all about two upcoming research trips: a visit to the Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center on April 13 and a trip to Washington D.C. on September 8 – 14. We would be thrilled if you could join us.
 
If you missed an earlier program, such as Fort Custer National Cemetery Administrator Ryan Sanford's informative March program, "Fort Custer National Cemetery," or perhaps one of our Skills Sessions from September 2020 to June 2023, you're not too late! You will find program recordings and handouts for many programs under our website's MEMBERS section and then in the RECORDINGS/HANDOUTS section. Please remember to log in as a member first.
 
We look forward to seeing you on April 15!
 
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KVGS on Social Media and Other Sites

KVGS is on more than just our own website.  Visit us at the following links to check out our "footprint" on the Internet.
 

Apr
15
KVGS General Meeting and Program "The Art of the Story," by Michael Delaware
  April 2024 General meeting. Following the business meeting, Author, Vlogger & Podcaster Michael Delaware will present "The Art of Story."   Michael is an active Vlogger ...

May
1
Family Tree Maker User’s Group (SIG)
  Meets once a month on the first Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. on Zoom. New users and experienced users of the software gather to help ...

May
6
Board Meeting
  Monthly board meetings are open to members. Come see the Board in action. Currently, the Board is meeting by Zoom.  If you want to ...

May
9
Michigan Pioneer Certificate Meeting
  Join KVGS members as they research their ancestors who lived in MI before Dec. 31, 1880 to apply for the Michigan Pioneer Certificate.  Contact ...

May
10
11th Annual Barbara J. Brown Family History Seminar with featured speaker Ari Wilkins
  The Kalamazoo Valley Genealogical Society is a member of the Michigan Genealogical Council and is pleased to provide you with information on their upcoming ...

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