The Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society (VBRGS) will start out its 2011 program year, Monday, February 28, 7 p.m. with a presentation entitled "Finding Genealogy Treasures at the WMU Archives" presented by Sharon Carlson, archives Director. The program, open to the public, will be held at the Webster Memorial Library, Decatur.
Archives & Regional History Collection at Western Michigan University is located at East Hall, East Campus, Kalamazoo, and houses one of the largest manuscript collections in the state, as well as oral histories, a large photograph collection, and an accumulation of books, newspapers & periodicals.
As the repository for regional government records, the archives houses county, township and city/village materials from 12 counties in southwest Michigan including Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, Kent, Muskegon, Ottawa, St. Joseph, and Van Buren. Among those items included are tax & court records, local vital records, and township minutes.
Ms. Carlson will discuss the archives' special collections, guides & indexes, research policies and services, and will touch on plans in the making for a future facility. There will be a question & answer period at the end of the lecture.
The public is welcome to attend the program; membership is not required. For any questions, contact VBRGS or call (269)657-4409.