VAN BUREN REGIONAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY
OF SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN  est. 1987

Allegan, Berrien, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren Counties

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Family Membership - $20



Life Membership - $250






Memberships renew on June 1st
2019 - 2020
Membership Form

NEXT SOCIETY MEETING
Annual Meeting and Elections
MONDAY, JUNE 24, 2019

VAN BUREN CONFERENCE CENTER
490 S. Paw Paw St., Lawrence, Michigan
PROGRAM - by
Karen Krugman
Everyone is Welcome, Free of Charge

In the case of severe weather this event could be cancelled. An email will be sent to all
members or you may contact Joyce Beedie at 269-657-4409.

See other upcoming programs and events at NEWS

ANNOUNCEMENT
AS OF FEBRUARY 26, 2019 OUR GENEALOGY COLLECTION HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THE TONI I. BENSON ROOM
AT THE WEBSTER MEMORIAL LIBRARY IN DECATUR. FOR THE TIME BEING IT WILL BE PLACED IN STORAGE.  WE
ARE SORRY FOR THIS INCONVENIENCE BUT THE SOCIETY HAD TO TAKE MEASURES THAT WOULD ENSURE THE
PROTECTION OF OUR VERY TREASURED COLLECTION. OUR COLLECTION WAS CREATED OVER THE PAST 32
YEARS BY THE GENEROUS DONATIONS OF LOCAL GENEALOGISTS AND FAMILY HISTORIANS WHO ENTRUSTED US
TO PRESERVE THE STORIES OF THEIR ANCESTORS. WE WILL MAKE FUTURE ANNOUNCEMENTS AS PLANS FOR
OUR NEW HOME BEGIN.
APRIL 4, 2019 - UPDATE - WE ARE MOVING OUR COLLECTION OUT OF THE WEBSTER MEMORIAL LIBRARY ON
APRIL 10TH. IT WILL BE PLACED IT IN STORAGE UNTIL THE NEW
HARTFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY AND THE ART AND BONNA VANDERLYN COMMUNITY CENTER
IS COMPLETED AND READY FOR OUR COLLECTION. UNTIL THAT TIME WE WILL BE DOING AN INVENTORY OF OUR
COLLECTION AND WILL NEED THE HELP OF VOLUNTEERS.
AN ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE MADE AS TO THE TIMETABLE FOR THIS PROJECT.
WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO BEING PART OF THE VILLAGE OF HARTFORD WHICH IS ALREADY THE HOME TO
THE VAN BUREN COUNTY MUSEUM AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY.
THE COMMUNITY OF HARTFORD AND OUR SOCIETY ARE EXISTED IN DEVELOPING HARTFORD AS GENEALOGICAL
AND HISTORICAL DESTINATION THAT WILL BRING NEW VISITORS TO THE COMMUNITY AND  ECONOMIC BENEFIT.
THE SOCIETY WILL NO LONGER MEET IS DECATUR, MI . FOR THE COMING YEAR WE WILL BE
MEETING AT THE VAN BUREN CONFERENCE CENTER IN LAWRENCE, MI

ABOUT THE VBRGS
Our membership is made up of a diverse group of people who enjoy sharing their love of family and
local history and genealogy research.  
We welcome everyone and encourage all who have an interest.

OUR SOCIETY MEETINGS
We meet in the months of February, March, April, June, July, August, September, and October
on the 4th Monday of the month, unless otherwise noted, at 7:00 p.m.

GENEALOGY COLLECTION
The society owns a genealogical book and manuscript collection consisting of over 5,000 items.
These items have been protected and preserved for over 30 years by our charter member and past
society librarian TONI I. BENSON
, our current society librarian PAM PENDER and the many
volunteers who have given of their time and talents.

For more information email us at vbrgs@yahoo.com

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President - Joyce Beedie (2019)
Vice President  - Jeff Fisher (2019)
Secretary -  Faith Rogers  (2020)
Treasurer - Joyce Beedie (2020)
Trustee - Patsy Miller (2019)
Trustee - Kay Gray (2020)

Contact us at
vbrgs@yahoo.com
VBRGS
P.O Box 143
Decatur, MI 49045

COMMITTEES
facebook admin. - Joyce Beedie

Van Buren ECHOES Editor -
Joyce Beedie

Membership Chair - Ann Flora        

Federation of Genealogical
Societies Delegate - Open

Michigan Genealogical Council Delegate -
Joyce Beedie

Hospitality Chair  - Faith Rogers

Military Registry Chair - Jerry Anderson

Librarian - Pam Pender

Native American Affairs Chair - Jodi Wesaw

Nomination Committee Chair - Barb Bahm

VBRGS Website admin. - Joyce Beedie

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