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Why waste your money looking up your family tree?  Just go into politics and your opponents will do it for you.

- Mark Twain

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We would like to welcome you to the Kalamazoo Valley Genealogical Society's website!  We serve historians and genealogists who are interested in the Kalamazoo River Valley Region of Michigan.

Genealogy News

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January, 2014
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December, 2013
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April 2014


Genealogy Lock-In, 6:00-100pm
Kalamazoo Public Library
An after hours event for genealogists. Research in the newly expanded Local History Room. Take advantage of free copying and printing. Registration begins March 24; call 269.553.7808 or register on-line.


Oshtemo Historical Society, 7:00pm
Oshtemo Township Hall
Dr. Tara Kneeshaw, Geology Department, Grand Valley State University will present “The History of Oshtemo Underfoot.”


KVGS General Meeting, 7:00pm
Portage District Library
Main Topic:
"What Property Records Provide: The Records No Genealogist Can Do Without" will be presented by Harold Henderson, CG. He will show us where the records are available, what the records state, and how to work with them.
Mini-Class: Our own Jackie Frank will help out beginning genealogists in filling out a pedigree chart, a family group sheet, and other related forms.
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2014 Family History Seminar, Lansing, Michigan
Details will be published here as they become available.

May 2014


Intro to Genealogy, 2:00pm
Kalamazoo Public Library - Oshtemo Branch
Learn how to start compiling your family tree through databases like Ancestry.com, Heritage Quest, KPL's index to local publications, plus important print sources, major collections, and more. Registration reqired; call 269.553.7808 or register on-line starting April 14.


2014 Family History Conference, Richmond, Virginia
Sponsored by the National Genealogical Society and hosted at the Greater Richmond Convention Center and the Marriott Hotel.
Continuing its goal of providing quality educational opportunities to its participants, the conference will again feature the Board for Certification of Genealogists’ Skillbuilding track, which focuses on research techniques useful to both the beginning and the advanced researcher.


Oshtemo Historical Society, 7:00pm
Oshtemo Township Hall
Robert C.  Myers, Curator, History Center at Courthouse Square, Berrien County Historical Association will present “Gangster Era of Berrien County.”

For a complete schedule of all events, go to our Calendar of Events.

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