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!

If you missed the June General meeting, you missed a good one! What better way to kick off summer than with Bobbie Mathis's excellent presentation on Cemetery Memorial Cleaning and Restoration?

Artist/Educator Bobbie Mathis
We can't wait to see you again at 7:00 pm, Monday, September 16, for our fall kick-off. Watch the website and The Kalamazoo Valley Heritage newsletter for program details.
Our September meeting is hybrid to accommodate all our members and guests. You can attend 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.
Some exciting events are lined up for you before our September 16 meeting. We invite you to visit our website's RESEARCH TRIPS pages to learn more about our plans for a trip to Washington, D.C. This is a unique opportunity to delve into your genealogical research. All are welcome. We would be thrilled if you could join us. Two Zoom informational meetings about the trip are scheduled at 7:00 pm on Wednesdays, July 10, and August 7. You can register for the Zoom meetings through the EVENTS page on our website.
The EVENTS page has two other activities that will catch your eye. The 2024 Kalamazoo Scottish Festival and Highland Games will be held in Kindenberger Park on September 7, and the Canadiana Festival will be held at Kalamazoo's Arcadia Festival site on September 21. Be sure to check them out.
Suppose you missed an earlier program, such as our informative May program "Planning a Research Vacation and Washington, D.C. Trip," with VP/Program Chair Jim Jackson and his guest panel of seasoned researchers, or one of our Skills Sessions, you will find program recordings and handouts from many programs under our website's MEMBERS section and then in the RECORDINGS/HANDOUTS section. Please remember to sign in as a member first.
We are eagerly looking forward to seeing you on September 16!
KVGS Board

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.

KVGS Memberships

We are an organization member of the National Genealogical Society. Visit the NGS website at:  https://www.ngsgenealogy.org/
Genealogy Calendar of Events:  https://ConferenceKeeper.org
We are an organization member of the Michigan Genealogical Council. Visit the MGC website at:  https://mimgc.org/
Genealogy Calendar of Events:  https://mimgc.org/events-calendar/

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 ...

Zoom Meeting #2 - Details of DC Research Trip
  Register to join an August 7 Zoom meeting for details about the Washington, DC research trip Sept 8-14, 2024.  Trip details are listed under the ...

Board Meeting
  Please note, the Board's regularly scheduled September meeting has been been moved up to August 26 due to the Labor Day conflict.   Monthly board meetings ...

KVGS Cultural Booth - 2024 Kalamazoo Scottish Festival and Highland Games
  Might you have a bit of Scottish DNA in your roots? If so, Kalamazoo’s annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games might be just ...

Washington, D.C. - INDEPENDENT Research Trip
  Join other genealogists for five days of research in the nation's capitol.  Click on RESEARCH TRIPS in the left-side navigation panel for details. ...

Visit Us on Flickr
Stop over to Flickr.com to see the images uploaded from the KVGS collection. Visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikvgs/