What's New - 2006
Reformed Church early records, 1854-1883
12/29/2006: 1897 Township maps - Allendale, Chester, Crockery, Georgetown, Holland
Jamestown, Olive, Polkton, Robinson, Spring Lake, Tallmadge, Wright and Zeeland - plus the town
maps - Belle Point and Summerland Park of Spring Lake Township; West Olive, Olive Township
(Work in progess)
12/27/2006: Genealogies: Additional information on Louis A. DeKraker from Jeffrey Machiele
12/27/2006: Obituaries: Bernard TenHarmsel, Marilou Hindert transcribed by ES.
12/27/2006: Grand Rapids site showing detailed plat maps of most cemeteries in Grand Rapids, etc.
12/27/2006: Genealogy Lookup Forum - a new web site of volunteers who will do various types of
12/27/2006: Genealogies: Jan Annes Machiela, Willem Lievense, Albert Hendricks Siersema,
Jan Hendrick Tenhagen; Additional information to Genealogies: Jozias DeKraker, Abraham Brandt,
and John Staal contributed by Jeffrey Machiele.
12/27/2006: Civil War Soldiers Obituaries: Joshua Brown, Hon. P. H. McBride contributed by Joan
12/11/2006: Civil War Soldiers Obituaries: David Clark, Martin DeBoe, Peter DeFeyter, Henry
Koeningsberg, James Lawyer, Mason Merritt, Dirk Roodhuizen, Grant Scott, Richard Vanden Berg,
G. Van Schelven, Charles Waffle; Obituaries: John Slabbekoorn
Marten Geerlofs Witteveen family contributed by Michelle
11/24/2006: The State of Michigan Archives now has the state wide death certificates from 1897-1920
available on film at the Archives. Eventually this site will contain the marriage, divorce and death certificates
for the state. Birth certificates will not be available.
11/24/2006: A new site called Common Corners which will be covering the West Michigan area
and giving information on the local historical and genealogical society. This is a new project of WMGS.
11/21/2006: Updated Genealogy of Austin Field family of Chester Tp., Ottawa County.
11/21/2006: Obituaries: Edith Cross Schumann, Agnes Cross, Lester Slagh, Sue DeHaan
Terry and Broer VanDyk, Civil War soldier transcribed by Joan VanSpronsen
11/20/2006: Drawing of Eastmanville about 1880 contributed by Curtis Menning.
11/08/2006: Information on the John Busscher Family.
11/08/2006: 1923 photo from newspaper of Ottawa Beach Hotel.
11/08/2006: Obituaries: Cornelis DeWit, pioneer;and Ralph Steffens, Civil War veteran by Joan
VanSpronsen; and Elga Maycroft, of Coopersville.
11/08/2006: Genealogy of Austin Field, Chester Township
DeKock/Cook family contributed by Judy Vezzetti
10/29/2006: Obituaries: Gerrald W. Haworth, Mrs. Gene Kruis and Edgar Hiler, Civil War
10/29/2006: Spoonville School Attendance additional records, 1888-1889
10/24/2006: Spoonville School Attendance Records, 1887 - 1895
10/24/2006: Civil War Soldier Obituary: Andrew Schumaker
10/24/2006: 1882 Township Histories for: Chester Township, Crockery Township, Polkton
Township, Tallmadge Township and Wright Township transcribed by Leslie Coulson.
10/21/2006: Photo of Luman and Lucius Jenison added to Luman's biography.
10/21/2006: Civil War Soldiers Obituaries: William Blom, Thomas J. Boggs, Peter DeVries,
Samuel Mountford, Otis Reed, Peter Veneklassen, William Wyatt and Henry Zoerman
10/12/2006: Willoughby Family of Chester Township
10/12/2006: Civil War Gravestone of Arie Rot
10/12/2006: Holland City Band - early 1900's photo
10/12/2006: 1955 Eighth Grade Graduates, Waukazoo Elementary School
09/23/2006: Current scanned photo of the
Store/Home that was built in 1904.
09/14/2006: New URL rootsweb resources - http://resources.rootsweb.com/USA/MI/Ottawa
09/11/2006: Scanned postcard of the Holland Wooden Shoe Factory
09/11/2006: Genealogy of Louis De Kraker family.
09/10/2006: Obituaries: Andrew Thompson and William Whipple, Jr., both Civil War soldier.
09/06/2006: More genealogy information on Lucas Vredeveld family from
Yntze Vander Koning
09/06/2006: Obituary of John O. Bakker, Civil War soldier
09/06/2006: Obituaries of Some Descendants of Louis DeKraker, Civil War veteran
MI Residents in the Civil War - 25th Mich Infantry
08/30/2006: Obituaries: John A. Wilterdink and Peter Vork
08/30/2006: 1882 History of Robinson Township with some biographical sketches.
08/29/2006: Genealogies: Thomas Angell, Joseph Dickerson, Joris Schoondermark
08/29/2006: Holland Furnace Company postcard scanned.
08/28/2006: Two genealogy links:
http://resources.rootsweb.com/~rootslink/ - Roots Link Registry
08/28/2006: 1914 Maps of states and counties - not very detailed
08/28/2006: Article on the 1913 Jamestown Old Settlers Picnic
08/26/2006: Obituaries: Lewis DeKraker (2nd one), Hazel VanWieren and Roger VanWieren
08/26/2006: 60th Anniversary of Hollanders Emigration - list of those who emigrated 1846-1849
who attended the celebration.
08/26/2006: 1882 Holland City and Holland Township History with some biographical sketches
08/26/2006: 1882 Zeeland Township History with some biographical sketches
08/23/2006: 1912 Map of Allendale Township scanned by
08/23/2006: Photo of some G. A. R. men of First Michigan Engineers
08/23/2006: Obituary: Dr. William VanPutten transcribed by Joan Van Spronsen
08/23/2006: Obituaries: Louis DeKraker with photo, and Isaac DeKraker transcribed by Peggy Stempfly.
08/22/2006: Crockery Township School, 1884-1887: Students names, Attendance and List of Parents
08/17/2006: Obituary: John Brouwer - transcribed by Joan Van Spronsen.
08/13/2006: Some broken links repaired.
08/05/2006: A new category linking Civil War veterans to their obituaries that are on our website.
08/05/2006: Obituaries: John Albers, William Avery, Henry Farma, Frank Hathaway and Hendrik
Koning - transcribed by Joan Van Spronsen. Many of these are Civil War veterans.
If anyone has these kinds of records or other old records that fit another category, please send them to me.
08/05/2006: Update on Marne Cemetery Records
History in photos of
the Ottawa County's Early Courthouses.
07/26/2006: Hudsonville-Vriesland Celery Growers
07/26/2006: Ver Meulen Store at Beaverdam destroyed by fire 1904.
07/26/2006: Obituaries: Emma Carpenter, James Fairbanks, John Grootenhuis, John Kerkhof
and John Kramer transcribed by Joan Van Spronsen.
07/24/2006: Changes made to Early Settlers for easier access.
07/23/2006: Addresses of the Ottawa County - Clerk's Office, Probate Court and Register of Deeds
07/23/2006: Dutch Soldiers, 25th Infantry, Civil War transcribed by Joan Van Spronsen
07/23/2006: Dutch Soldiers in the Civil War transcribed by Joan Van Spronsen
07/23/2006: Obituaries - John Kollen and Bert VanderHoop - There is also some genealogy
information. (These two men were old friends and their obituaries were in the newspaper in
one article transcribed by Joan Van Spronsen
07/15/2006: The Fruit Basket Factory at Douglas, MI.
07/15/2006: The following Early Settlers Genealogy contributed by Michelle Williams -
Roelof Brouwer, Kornelis Derks Dijkema, Jan Pieters Smedenga and Henderick VanWieren.
07/15/2006: The Fruit Basket Factory at Douglas, MI.- article contributed by Denise Slattery.
07/13/2006: Article on the Early Settlers of Graafschap transcribed by ES. This article was
found in an Oklahoma City library by Denise Slattery and sent to us. Thank you, Denise.
07/13/2006: An article on the efforts to find the grave site of Gerrit VanHalteren, a
Civil War soldier who was imprisoned at Andersonville. It's listed in the Obituaries section.
07/13/2006: 1882 Spring Lake Township History (including Ferrysburg) transcribed by
07/13/2006: 1882 Olive Township History transcribed by Leslie Coulson
07/13/2006: Online site for Michelle Williams Family Genealogy
07/13/2006: Genealogy of Jakob Jacobs
07/13/2006: Online sites - for African American Genealogy and African American Cemeteries
07/08/2006: Obituaries of Bernardus Grootenhuis, William Brouwer, Benjamin VanRaalte, Sr.,
Martinus Bongaerts and Frederick Jan VanLente transcribed by Joan VanSpronsen.
07/01/2006: Edward Henry Jubb family
07/01/2006: Obituaries - Nancy de Grazia, Lowing Family members and Sarah J. Scott
07/01/2006: City of Holland Cemeteries - the information for their cemeteries is online as well
as a map showing locations.
07/01/2006: 1882 History of Grand Haven Township.
07/01/2006: Photo of Slide near Macatawa Lake
07/01/2006: Obituaries of Johanna (Hoogewind) Grootenhuis, Dr. A. K. Seip and D. B. K.
VanRaalte transcribed by Joan VanSpronsen
Early Settlers of Ottawa County - Austin Field, Chester Tp.,
Henery P. Heaton,
06/28/2006: Isaac Nichols, Robert H. Allen and William Salton Descendants
06/27/2006: Josiah Lawton and Descendants contributed by Susan Gates Davis
06/27/2006: Maps of Floral View Memorial Gardens
06/16/2006: Correction made to the Georgetown Township Cemeteries
06/13/2006: Inductees from Holland, Michigan, WWII contributed by Kenneth Lamb.
06/13/2006: Sarah J. Scott Obituary
06/13/2006: Obituaries of the Lillie Family contributed by Sue Davis
06/10/2006: Information on the State Archives of Michigan regarding research.
06/10/2006: 1926 List of Students at Curry School, Allendale Township
06/10/2006: Some links to the 1911 Canadian census
06/10/2006: Kalamazoo Valley Genealogical Society is working on a project to get all of the county's cemetery
indexes, transcribed records and photos online. They are looking for volunteers.
for Floral View Memorial Gardens
05/31/2006: 1932 Tenth Grade Graduation Program - Allendale High School
05/25/2006: 1936 Eighth Grade Graduation Beechwood School, Holland
05/25/2006: 1938 Eighth Grade Graduation Beechwood School, Holland
05/24/2006: Ottawa County - Civil War Casualties
05/21/2006: Links repaired on Ferry School, Grand Haven photos
05/12/2006: Maps of 1876 Ottawa County Townships, Towns and the Ottawa County Map Layout
05/08/2006: Database is a catalog of American Civil War photographs from the Special Collections Branch of USAMHI. Eventually, this database will include photos, articles worn or used by soldiers from the Mexican War in the 1840's to recent operations.http://www.carlisle.army.mil/usamhi/PhotoDB.html
05/08/2006: Eugene Buck is willing to make copies from the Military and Pension records at the National Archives
for the cost of his time and the cost of the copies.
05/08/2006: Index to the 1876 Ottawa County Land Owners from the atlas of that year.
Reformed Church, Zeeland, Michigan
04/24/2006: First Reformed Church, Zeeland, Michigan
04/24/2006: Third Christian Reformed Church, Zeeland, Michigan
04/24/2006: North Street Christian Reformed Church, Zeeland, Michigan
04/24/2006: First Christian Reformed Church, Zeeland, Michigan
04/24/2006: Free Methodist Church, Zeeland, Michigan
04/23/2006: Obituary of Rev. Walter A. Briggs
04/18/2006: 1921 South Blendon School Students
04/18/2006: Early history of the I. O. O. F. added to the Hudsonville 1897 I.O.O.F.
04/18/2006: Obituary of Gerritt DeWitt
04/12/2006: Additional family information on George Briceland Log home
04/12/2006: Picture of the first Hudsonville Christian School building added to file
04/12/2006: Picture of Timmer Brothers Sawmill, Blendon Township
04/12/2006: Early picture of Hughes Brothers Hardware, Hudsonville, Michigan
04/12/2006: Early picture of St. John's Lutheran Church, Bauer, Michigan
04/12/2006: Early picture of Jamestown, Michigan showing the Reformed Church and Christian Reformed Church
04/12/2006: Early picture of Hudsonville Protestant Reformed Church
04/12/2006: Early pictures of Hudsonville Reformed Church
04/12/2006: Early picture of Beaverdam Christian Reformed Church
04/08/2006: George Briceland Log home
04/08/2006: Obituaries: Denah Ohlman Henry Ohlman(n)
04/08/2006: 1930 Hudsonville Championship Football Team
04/08/2006: 1929 Hudsonville Championship Baseball Team
04/07/2006: Obituary of Gerrit Zaalmink
04/07/2006: 1917 Zeeland High School Graduates Photo
04/07/2006: 1898 Zeeland High School Graduates Photo
04/07/2006: 1894 Zeeland High School Graduates
04/07/2006: 1904 - First Zeeland High School Building
04/07/2006: 1879 - First Zeeland Public Grade School Building
04/07/2006: Early History of Zeeland Public Schools
04/03/2006: Additional information on the Tiffany House Museum
03/25/2006: New URL for the
index to information that has been turned in to the Michigan
03/25/2006: Trinity Lutheran Church (Conklin, MI) Members, 1907-1942 transcribed by Sue Irvine
03/25/2006: Correction - the picture of the River Bend School, Tallmadge Tp. was mistaken
as the Haire School, Georgetown Tp. - thanks to Loekie Boersma this has been corrected.
03/21/2006: Ferrysburg 8th Grade Class Photo, 1950
03/07/2006: Photo of Maple Grove School (later known as Longfellow School)
03/07/2006: Photo of Alward Students unknown year
03/07/2006: Photo of Chrysler Schoolhouse
03/07/2006: Photo of South Blendon Class, year unknown
03/07/2006: Photos of Hudsonville High School Graduating Classes - 1924, 1927, 1930, 1931, 1933, 1935-1944
and 1940 Hudsonville HS Girls Basketball Team
03/02/2006: Georgetown Township Schools: 1934 Photo of Bursley Elementary Students,
Photo of Alward School Students , Haire School Photo and Early History
Shackhuddle One-Room School and Students
03/02/2006: Blendon Township Schools: Blendon District No. 1 Schoolhouse, 1912-1913 District No. 1 Students Photo
1917 Sherburn 8th Grade Graduates; South Blendon, District No. 2 8th Grade Graduates,
Schoolmates of Ken VanHeukelum at South Blendon School, District No. 2
03/02/2006: Hudsonville Schools: 1933 Football Team, 1935 Football Team, 1936 Football
Team, Early Baseball Team, Another Early Baseball Team, 1940 Girls Basketball Team,
1931 High School Band, 1936 High School Orchestra
03/02/2006: Hudsonville Christian Schools: Three Photos of Elementary Students;
Photo of the Hudsonville Christian School
03/02/2006: Jamestown Township Schools: Photo of Old Forest Grove School,
1929 Zutphen 8th Grade Graduates, Zutphen School History
02/27/2006: The Military index has been revamped
and links added and repaired.
02/27/2006: A DNA Resource - http://www.familytreedna.com/
02/18/2006: Layout of Village of Jamestown in late 1800's
02/18/2006: Early photos added to History of Coopersville
02/18/2006: Early Photos added to the Village of Grand Haven
02/18/2006: Early Photos added to Village of Spring Lake
02/18/2006: Photo added to the Village of Nunica History
02/18/2006: Photo added to the History of Olive Township
02/18/2006: Early Photos added to Holland sites.
02/18/2006: Obituary of Lt. Colonel Joyce A. Thornton of Allendale
02/17/2006: Changed some links and the main index
02/14/2006: 1897 Photo of the I. O. O. F. Members of Hudsonville
02/14/2006: Ferry School of Grand Haven misidentified as Ferrysburg School of Spring Lake Township..
02/14/2006: Earliest Tombstone in Pilgrim Home Cemetery
02/10/2006: Jamestown Old Settlers' Picnics Financial Records, 1915-1932 - a listing of people involved in
preparing for the picnics but no listing of those who attended transcribed by ES
02/10/2006: Ottawa Reformed Church, 1915-2005 (A little history of the church) transcribed by ES.
02/10/2006: History of North Holland Public Elementary School transcribed by ES
02/10/2006: History of New Groningen Public Elementary School transcribed by ES
01/10/2006: The link to the photo site for Grand
Rapids had changed to:
(formerly grandrapids.50webs.com) - 2008 - neither of these sites is working.
01/10/2006: 15 Generations of Korstanje/Corstanje Family in the Netherlands
01/10/2006: New Links for Christian Reformed and Reformed Church Records
01/10/2006: Hudsonville First Christian Reformed Church Members, 1961-1969