TONI I. BENSON ROOM
OF LOCAL HISTORY AND GENEALOGY
VAN BUREN DISTRICT LIBRARY
WEBSTER MEMORIAL LIBRARY BRANCH
                                                         
FAMILY HISTORY CENTER (LDS) MICROFILM LOAN PROGRAM
"RESEARCH YOUR ANCESTORS FROM AROUND THE WORLD"

THE VAN BUREN DISTRICT LIBRARY CAN OBTAIN MILLIONS OF RESEARCH RECORDS FROM AROUND THE WORLD  
THROUGH THE MICROFILM LOAN PROGRAM  OF THE FAMILY HISTORY CENTER, SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH
The Van Buren District Library is a licensed microfilm loan site of the Family History Center collection, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Order and pay for microfilm at the LDS website and have it sent to the Webster Memorial Library for viewing. Our microfilm viewer is equiped
for printing and/or downloading to your own device (ex. flashdrive or portable hard drive).

In addition, microfilm reels are also added to the Local History Collection on Indefinite Loan, a process whereby a fee is paid to retain the film
in the library's "permanent" collection.  The cost to obtain a reel of film on Indefinite Loan is $16.50 each.  If you would be interested in
participating in the library's "Adopt a Microfilm" program, and contribute funds toward Indefinite Loan microfilm, contact the Local History
Department by email at
localhistory@vbdl.org, or download the form,
ADOPT A MICROFILM, and mail it in with your donation.
This room was dedicated and renamed in the honor of Toni I. Benson on
October 25, 2014
.
A gift to our researchers
from
Judith Huber Halseth, Ed.D


AVAILABLE FOR OUR VISITING RESEARCHERS

WIFI
and
computers with access to
ANCESTRY LIBRARY EDITION
AMERICAN ANCESTORS

SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN OBITUARY INDEX  and
LOCAL HISTORY MASTER INDEX

OUR NON-CIRCULATING COLLECTIONS
Area Histories     
Census and Census Indexes (state, federal, and special)     
CITY AND TELEPHONE DIRECTORIES   
Family and locality vertical files     
Family Histories  
MICHIGAN PLAT BOOK COLLECTION
NEWSPAPERS
Bloomingdale Leader newspaper (microfilm)     
Covert Times newspaper (microfilm)     
Marcellus News newspaper (microfilm)     
South Haven Daily Tribune newspaper (microfilm)     
Berrien County Record (Buchanan) newspaper (microfilm)    
SOLDIER OBITUARIES
SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN OBITUARY COLLECTION
PEDIGREE CHARTS
Periodicals
(VBRGS has a periodical exchange with many of the genealogical societies in Michigan)
PHOTOGRAPHES   
SOUTHWEST MILITARY REGISTRY PROJECT   
Southwest Michigan Pioneer Certificate Archives  
Vital & Court Records for the counties of Allegan, Berrien, Cass, Kalamazoo & Van Buren    
YEARBOOK COLLECTION  
MICROFILM COLLECTION
OVER 1200 REELS OF VITAL RECORDS, CENSUS RECORDS,
NEWSPAPERS, PROBATE RECORDS, CHANCERY RECORDS, ETC.


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CATALOG OF THE VAN BUREN REGIONAL GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY

CATALOG OF THE VAN BUREN DISTRICT LIBRARY
(This link leads to the Van Buren District Library website.)

A take along brochure to help with library research

VAN BUREN DISTRICT LIBRARY
WEBSTER MEMORIAL LIBRARY
BRANCH
200 N. PHELPS STREET
DECATUR, MI  49045
269-423-4771
email -
localhistory@vbdl.org
Website - vbdl.org

LIBRARY STAFF
Pam Pender, Librarian
Norma Strickler, Library Clerk

CURRENT VOLUNTEERS IN THE
LIBRARY -

Jerry Anderson
Joyce Beedie
Ann Flora
Faith Rogers


VOLUNTEERS ARE ALWAYS
NEEDED AND APPRECIATED
CONTACT THE LOCAL HISTORY
DEPARTMENT AT 269-423-4771

LOCAL HISTORY
DEPARTMENT HOURS

Mon thru Fri. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sat. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Closed Sundays and
              Holidays             
PLANNING A TRIP TO THE LIBRARY

VIEW AND/OR PRINT A RESEARCH PACKET TO HELP