Monday, March 7, 2011

Genealogy Quarterly Back Issues Available Online

The Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society (VBRGS) was chartered in 1987 with a geographic focus of Southwest Michigan's counties of Allegan, Berrien, Cass, Kalamazoo & Van Buren.  Since that date, they have been active in promoting the study and preservation of local and family history by co-sponsoring a library collection, hosting classes & seminars, and through the publication of several books & CD's.

Since 1987, VBRGS has also published the Van Buren Echoes, their genealogical quarterly.  Now, members have access to not only the current issues, but all of its 24 years of back issues through the Members Only portion of the society's website.  The majority of the issues have been scanned into Pdf (Portable Document Format) files that are viewable and downloadable, averaging 20 pages per issue.  Many issues have separate every-name indexes and all can be converted to text searchable files.

What can you expect to find in the Van Buren Echoes?  Some examples include:

Pioneer Certificate lineages
Bible Records transcripts
Queries
Records abstracts (such as probate, marriage certificates, cemeteries, land patents)
Pedigree Charts
Rural School features
Columns
Early County Directory abstracts
Poorhouse Records
Special Census transcripts
Library & Society Acquisitions

...and much, much more.  This quarterly is also another good way to keep up with the latest news in the genealogical community and Southwest Michigan historical resources.

Membership is required to access the online Echoes, but at a very reasonable price of $17 per year for a single membership.  Subscribing is easy, by mail or through PayPal.  VBRGS will be adding more content to their Members Only portion in the coming months including their pioneer certificate files.  For more information contact VBRGS.