Welcome to the Southwest Michigan Genealogy & Local History blog! This site is sponsored by the Van Buren District Library, the home of a large regional genealogy and local history collection featuring materials for the Michigan counties of Van Buren, Allegan, Berrien, Cass, Kalamazoo, and St. Joseph.
Here you will read about local upcoming events, research tips, and collection highlights. New on the Shelf will feature the latest additions to the collection in the form of books and microfilm. Posts will also include answers to Frequently Asked Questions, case studies using resources from the collection, and announcements.
In addition to the regional focus, the Local History Collection is strong in the areas of Michigan history, general genealogy helps & references, and some New England material.
For a brief description of the collection with links to special collections and the library catalog, visit the Local History page. To submit your questions or comments, please contact us.