Friday, October 11, 2013

Is Van Buren County Michigan's best-kept genealogical secret?

Last month I finally made it to Decatur, Michigan, home of the Van Buren District Library Local History Collection in the Webster Memorial Library and the Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society of Southwest Michigan.

Don't wait as long as I did. If you have research targets in Allegan, Berrien, Cass, Kalamazoo, or Van Buren counties, this is a must-see collection. Highlights of the collection include
  • vital records, 
  • newspapers from the 1850s, 
  • plat books as early as 1860, 
  • yearbooks, 
  • Sanborn fire insurance maps on microfilm, 
  • an obituary collection, 
  • the Bess Britton Michigan One-Room Schoolhouse Collection, and 
  • the Southwest Michigan Military Registry Project. 
If you need microfilm from Salt Lake City, you can order it sent to Decatur for viewing.

The department's rooms are packed full, and I hear there are prospects of expansion.

For more details, check out my previous posts mentioning the county or society or library.

Harold Henderson, "Is Van Buren County Michigan's best-kept genealogical secret?," Midwestern Microhistory: A Genealogy Blog, posted 11 October 2013 ( : viewed [date]). [Please feel free to link to the specific post if you prefer.]

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