12/08/2005: Online website for the
Michigan Soldiers Home (a.k.a. Michigan Veterans Facility).
12/03/2005: The University of Cambridge has a free online course for learning how to read and transcribe 1500-1700 English handwriting.
12/03/2005: Announcement: Jackson County Genealogical Society and Jackson County Historical Society are offering Pioneer Certificates for early settlers in the county (which will be 175 years old in 2007. Contact them for further information.
12/03/2005: "Br-Bz" Kent County Citizenship Records transcribed by ES.
Kent County Companies
in the Civil War.
Michigan Engineers & Mechanics transcribed by ES.
11/22/2005: Early history and photos of the Grandville Public Schools loaned by Terri Start for scanning.
11/22/2005: Additional information on the descendants of William Ryskamp contributed by Mary Ryskamp Hall.
11/22/2005: 1921 Kent County Township Plat Maps
11/12/2005: LDS is in the process of digitizing their book holdings, mostly family histories to date
and they are putting them online at BYU (Brigham Young University), fully searchable by any word.
http://www.lib.byu.edu/ then click home page, follow the links - Find Other Materials/On Line Collections at BYU/
Text Collections tab/ Family History Archive. If you have a common surname, use the "Search All" box with
"search full text" checked.
11/06/2005: Photos taken by J. W. Osborn, Jr., 1914-1919 - St. Andrews Catholic School Burning, 1915
A Waterslide at Manhattan Beach, Reeds Lake, 1914
WWI Soldiers Parade in Grand Rapids
11/06/2005: Huntington Brothers Meat and Grocery Store, 1900-1909 photo
11/06/2005: 1923 Central High - Faculty, Football teams, basketball teams, track, relay and girls basketball, hockey and volley ball teams scanned by ES.
11/01/2005: 1923 Central High School yearbook - Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores, Partial List of Freshman transcribed by ES.
11/01/2005: S - T, 1916 Kent County Land Owners Index transcribed by Karen Blumenshine
Graduates, 1882-2005 transcribed by Terry Start, a mammoth undertaking!
10/26/2005: Chronology of Newspapers in the Grand Rapids Area.
10/26/2005 40 Years of Highlights of the Sophie de Marsac D. A. R., 1896-1936 transcribed by Leslie Coulson.
10/26/2005: Central High School 1900 Yearbook
Faculty, Seniors, Sr. Class Officers, Jr. Class Officers, Class of 1901 and Post Grads transcribed by Barb Jones.
10/20/2005: Michigan Database on Civil War Soldiers and their Substitutes
10/20/2005: Link to the Index and Some Cemeteries Records Bordering Kent County revised.
10/19/2005: Index to Kent Co. Citizenship Records,
Bi-Bo transcribed by ES.
10/19/2005: Adam Sippel Family
10/19/2005: Additional information on William Ryskamp family.
10/16/2005: Huntington Brothers Meat Market photo donated by Ben Kinsey
Christian Reformed Church Picnic, 1928 - part of photo. Donated by
Leslie Coulson. If anyone else
has the rest of the photo or knows any people in it, please contact me.
09/24/2005: Browning Hotel History, 1917-1939
09/24/2005: Doug DeBarry will do lookups in the 1918, 1919, 1921, and 1940 Central High School yearbooks. He will also scan photos that are in them.
09/19/2005: Index to Kent County Citizenship Records, 1840 - 1932 A Ba-Be transcribed by ES
09/19/2005: Edward B. Campau Obituary
09/19/2005: Stanley Ketchel's Death, Michigan Boxer transcribed by ES
09/19/2005: Naval Enlistment List, 26 Apr 1941
09/19/2005: New Online Source - where you can place genealogy materials to sell or you can buy books, etc. available at that sight without a service fee.
09/19/2005: New Online Source - where you can locate and obtain birth, marriage, and death certificates from the UK - England, Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland.
09/19/2005: 1916 Kent County Plat Map, N - R, transcribed by Karen Blumenshine.
09/17/2005: White Swan Cemetery Photos contributed by Beverly Porter.
09/17/2005: Tower Private Cemetery Photos - Cemetery Gate - Cemetery Monument contributed by Beverly Porter.
09/17/2005: Solon Township Cemetery Sign contributed by Beth Silvis.
09/17/2005: White Swan Cemetery History by Beverly Porter.
09/14/2005: Valley Ave. Methodist Episcopal Church Baptisms, 1856 - 1902, transcribed by ES.
West Leonard Christian
Reformed Church Pastors, 1889-1983.
08/21/2005: Article on the Village of Lisbon from an unidentified newspaper.
08/20/2005: Biography of Dr. Jesse Tuxbury (Tewksbury) of Alpine Township.
08/20/2005: Tower Private Cemetery transcribed by Beverly Porter
08/20/2005: Article on WWI Soldier's misidentified body - Private Rose transcribed by ES.
08/20/2005: Logging - Lincoln Lake, Oakfield Township article transcribed by Susan Hallock
08/17/2005: Thanks to Yntze van der Honing of the Netherlands, we have some corrected links and some new ones for those seeking ancestors in the Netherlands.
08/14/2005: Mamrelund Lutheran Church Members, 1859-1872
08/14/2005: Holy Trinity Catholic Deaths, 1853-1870
08/14/2005: Valley Avenue Methodist Officers
Marriages, 1863-74, 1884-1903 by Bride by Groom
08/14/2005: Greenville Methodist Church Records, 1858-1882 Members, 1855-1862
08/12/2005: First Methodist Church, Cannonsburg Organization
08/12/2005: Cascade Methodist Episcopal Organization
08/12/2005: Cedar Springs Methodist Organization
08/12/2005: Congregational Church of Cannon Organization
08/12/2005: St. Mary's Catholic Church, Cascade Early History
08/12/2005: St. Mary's Catholic Church, Grand Rapids Early History.
08/10/2005: Obituary and Life Story of Mary (Conaty) Delaney
08/10/2005: An Alphabetical List of Names has been created for the 1850 Kent County Federal Census by ES.
08/09/2005: Link to Castle Garden Immigration Depot at the Port of New York from 1855.
08/09/2005: Rockford Methodist Church, List of Pastors, 1854-1907
08/09/2005: Y. M. C. A. Subscriptions, 1871-1922
08/09/2005: Valley Avenue Methodist Church Member Subscriptions, 1854-1907
08/04/2005: Temple Emanuel - Members, History, and Memorials
08/04/2005: B'nai Brith Presidents, 1875-1952
and "M" of the 1916 Land Records transcribed
by Karen Blumenshine
07/27/2005: 1902 Central High School Yearbook, The Alphean transcribed by Chi Benedict
07/27/2005: Border Cemetery Links and some broken links fixed
07/27/2005: "L" of Transient Deaths, 1874-1887, transcribed by ES.
07/23/2005: Early Church Records -
B'nai B'rith History
Cannonsburg Early Protestant Churches
Cedar Springs Baptist - Solon Branch History
Central Seventh Day Adventist History
First Cutlerville Chr. Ref. Pastors
First United Methodist History - G. R.
Franklin St. Chr. Ref. History
Grattan Tp. Early Churches
Fountain St. (Baptist) Church History (Includes the early history of the other Grand Rapids Baptist churches to 1894)
Holy Trinity Catholic Church History
Kelloggsville Chr. Ref. Pastors
LaGrave Avenue Chr. Ref. History
07/20/2005: A USGenWeb site to see the projects you might want to volunteer to work on -
07/20/2005: A USGenWeb site to check out mailing lists -
07/20/2005: If you are trying to find a certain year to verify when an event happened, I found this calendar site - http://www.calendarhome.com You can download the calendar for free.
07/19/2005: A link to the Bowne Township Historical Society - www.bownehistory.org
07/16/2005: First (Bates St.) Christian Reformed Church Pastors.
07/16/2005: Beckwith Hills Christian Reformed Church, Members 1875-1942 , Pastors
07/16/2005: Bostwick Lake Cong'l - History - Baptisms - Charter Members, 1846-1892 - Pew Rentals - Members 1846-1892
07/16/2005: History of the Central Reformed Church of Grand Rapids.
07/16/2005: History of the Central Christian Church of Grand Rapids.
07/13/2005: Congregation Ahavas Israel Early History
07/13/2005: Alaska Baptist Church, History
Pew Holders, Members, 1864-1885
07/13/2005: Ada Methodist Episcopal Church, Charter Members, 1865-1880
07/13/2005: Ada Baptist Church, History and Members, 1865-1868
07/13/2005: Ada Second Congregational Church, History and Officers, 1875-1880
07/13/2005: Ada First Congregational Church Charter Members, 1849
07/13/2005: First (Bates St.) Christian Reformed Church Charter Members and Birthdates of Children
06/30/2005: Transient Death Records,
"T", 1874-1887 transcribed by ES.
06/22/2005: Photo of a Sunday School group at the Kinney School, Rev. Whitaker the pastor - date unknown and names of people unknown.
06/22/2005: Genealogies - Matthews Family, McFall's Family
06/22/2005: Obituaries - Isaac Davey, James K. Goggins, and Elsie Hamilton.
06/22/2005: 1916 Kent County Plat Maps, "H - J" transcribed by Karen Blumenshine.
06/22/2005: Transient Death Records, "P", 1874-1887 transcribed by ES.
06/15/2005: You will find a comprehensive street name change table for Grand Rapids at this site -
06/15/2005: The site to see a comprehensive photo collection of downtown Grand Rapids has been changed - http://www.grandrapids.50webs.com
05/28/2005: Link to Genealogy Records (somewhat limited but growing)
05/28/2005: Obituary of Dr. James Ferguson of Ferguson Hospital transcribed by ES.
05/28/2005: New links added under Deaths, Marriages, Land and Michigan.
05/24/2005: 1916 Kent County Township Plat Map, E - G, transcribed by Karen Blumenshine.
05/10/2005: Listing of Civil War Soldiers that went from Grand Rapids which was found in the Grand Rapids City Directory, 1865-66 transcribed by ES.
05/08/2005: 1929 Creston High School - Faculty and 7th through 12th grade students transcribed by Cindi Closser
05/06/2005: Some information on the Spectrum-Butterworth Hospital Library
05/06/2005: Index to the Biographies and Portraits in 1881 Chapman's History and the link to see the actual pages.
05/06/2005: Abbreviations used in the Transient Death Records
05/06/2005: 1916 Kent County Township Plat Map, C-D, transcribed by Karen Blumenshine.
05/01/2005: A few names added to the WWI Soldiers who died during the war.
04/21/2005: 1934 Voyager Yearbook - Butterworth School of Nursing -
scanned by ES. Loaned by Thomas E. Jarvis III.
04/18/2005: Fidius D. Stocking biography and a website for the Stocking Family maintained by Cherri Lynn Stocking Timmer
04/15/2005: "H" Transient deaths, Grand Rapids, MI, 1874-1887 transcribed by ES.
04/08/2005: White's 1924 Biographies - the last one! Charles Williams Jennings, Sr. transcribed by ES.
04/08/2005: 1916 Kent County Township Plat Map, A-B, transcribed by Karen Blumenshine.
School, 1898 Yearbook listing students transcribed by Cindi Closser.
03/24/2005: Union High School - Unionite, October 1918 Newletter. This has mention of classmates that are serving in WWI and other occupations. Transcribed by Jen Godwin.
A big "THANK YOU" to Nancy Myers for finishing the 1924 Biographies. We only have one left to do! AND to Karen Blumenshine for transcribing the 1855 Kent County Land Owners Atlas!
03/24/2005: White's 1924 Biographies - Clay H. Hollister, Harvey J. Hollister, Walter Tyzynski, Fred Utley Agency, John Vanderzee, Mrs. Gertrude Van Houten, James Verstay, Abraham Verwys, Louis C. Voss, Wm A. Voss, Lewis A. Werry, Samuel H. Wilson transcribed by Nancy Myers
03/24/2005: White's 1924 Biographies - John M. Brower, Edward N. Brown, Joseph Brown, Elmer Dennis, Christian F. Frey, Gast Motor Sales Company, Charles S. Marshman, Frank E. Norton, William L. Peiter, Hugh A. Rathbun, Harold Worm transcribed by Nancy Myers.
03/17/2005: History of Morgan Lyon contributed by J. William Lowry.
03/17/2005: Captain Alexander Miller - G. R. Fire Department photo and other information.
03/16/2005: White's 1924 Biographies - Charles A. Coye, Robert Ruschmann, Jacob Ryskamp, Wiebe Stellema, George E. Thomas, Jacob M. VanderWal transcribed by Nancy Myers.
03/14/2005: 1855 Index to the Kent County Plat Maps - Q-R-S, T-U-V, W-X-Y-Z - Karen Blumenshine has completed all of the index. Hurray!
03/14/2005: White's 1924 Biographies - Col. George G. Briggs, Fred A. Maynard, John W. Peirce, Peter R. L. Peirce and Col. Amos Roberts transcribed by Nancy Myers.
03/13/2005: John Baptist Wagner & Descendants Genealogy
03/12/2005: 1964-1965 West Side Literary Club Members with photo of the club house transcribed by ES.
Biographies - Elijah Hedding Foote, Capt. Russell F. Griffen, Richard R.
Bean, Ira Blossom, Clark E. Higbee, R. B. (Bob) Lacey, Maurice Sluyter
transcribed by Nancy Myers
02/21/2005: A new free genealogy website:
02/20/2005: White's 1924 Biographies - Stuart J. C. Heyboer, Leon Price Hadden, Frank E. Jones, Wallace E. Brown, Lloyd V. Hudson, American Radio Cabinet Company, P. B. Gast & Sons Company, Godfrey von Platen transcribed by Nancy Myers
02/17/2005: Vedders Genealogy - the Netherlands
02/17/2005: Biographies - Obituary of Dr. James Ferguson, surgeon and President of Ferguson Clinic.
02/17/2005: Obituaries: Carrie Campau, James Ferguson, M.D., Elmer Matthews, Gladys Matthews, Lester Matthews, Nellie Matthews, Edward Pierce, Helen Baker Rowe, Mary Wishart transcribed by ES.
02/17/2005: White's 1924 Biographies - Julius A. J. Friedrich, Mrs. Phila Hamilton, I. Preston Rice, William D. Batt, G. R. Belting Company, James J. Hendrikse, John H. Paalman and William R. Rupley transcribed by Nancy Myers.
02/16/2005: New link to Zeeland Province, Netherlands: http://geneaknowhow.net/digi/zeel-ei.html
02/16/2005: White's 1924 Biographies - John Boter, Russell J. Boyle, Alvah Brown, Arthur C. Denison, Jacob T. Preston and the Wagemaker Company transcribed by Nancy Myers.
02/08/2005: "M-N-O-P" Index to 1855 Kent County Plat map transcribed by Karen Blumenshine.
02/08/2005: "H-I-J-K-L" Index to 1855 Kent County Plat map transcribed by Karen Blumenshine.
02/08/2005: Links repaired, changes made.
02/01/2005: "T-U-V-W-X-Y-Z" Index to Birdsall Funeral Home Records transcribed by ES.
02/01/2005: "S" Index to Birdsall Funeral Home Records transcribed by ES.
02/01/2005: "N-O-P-Q-R" Index to Birdsall Funeral Home Records transcribed by ES.
02/02/2005: "L-M" Index to Birdsall Funeral Home Records transcribed by ES.
02/01/2005: "H-I-J-K" Index to Birdsall Funeral Home Records transcribed by ES.
Photo of the
Ladies Bowling League of Blessed Sacrement Church, 1946 contributed by Kelly
01/31/2005: Time Table for the Early Marriage Records of Kent County, ES.
01/29/2005: Biography of Chris VanAllsburg, writer and illustrator transcribed by ES.
01/20/2005: Link to Funeral Homes by state.
01/20/2005: Index to Mission of the People Within the Valley of the Thornapple (Alto) transcribed by Wanda Schottler.
01/16/2005: A new category - Miscellaneous Marriages in Kent County.
01/16/2005: "E-F-G" Index to Birdsall Funeral Home Records transcribed by ES.
01/16/2005: New link to Godwin's Past contributed by Ronnie Aungst.
01/09/2005: "C-D" Index to Birdsall Funeral Home Records, August 22, 1912 - July 22, 1938 transcribed by ES.
01/09/2005: "E-F-G" Index to 1855 Kent County Landowners transcribed by Karen Blumenshine.
01/09/2005: For more clarity and easier access, all of the Grand Rapids High School files have been placed under the Central High School folder, as this became the name of the high school later on.
01/09/2005: 1897 Central High School Yearbook, Tabularium - Index of Students transcribed by Cindi Closser.
01/04/2005: Vital Records - Marriages, Deaths, Divorces from the G. R. Eagle Newspaper, 1880-1881 transcribed by ES.
01/04/2005: Vital Records - Births, Marriages, Deaths, Divorces from the G. R. Eagle Newspaper, 1883-1884 transcribed by ES.
01/04/2005: Index to 1855 Kent County Landowners, "C - D" transcribed by Karen Blumenshine.
01/01/2005: "A-B" Index to Birdsall Funeral Home Records, August 22, 1912 - July 22, 1938 transcribed by ES.
Created 16 January 2005