Muskegon County Genealogial Society

Muskegon, Michigan

"Preserving Family History"

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Anscomb Cemetery

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Also known as Indian or Chidester Cemetery
Swanson at Powerline Roads

Moorland Township, Muskegon County
T10N, R14W

Updated April 17, 2014. Thank you to Anita Shawboose for taking the photos.

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  1861 1948
ANSCOMB Guy Willard   4 yrs 12-Aug-1905


Infant Dau

Daughter of Allen & Maggie   7-Aug-1889



  10-Mar-1811 28-Mar-1893



  1862 1936



  1842 1913



Wife of Jos. 1847 1910
BECK Lilly O.   1 yr 16-Aug-1901
CHIDESTER Ella Thayer   42 yrs 26-Sep-1902


John J.

  49y-8m-14d 16-Dec-1897


Scott W.

Son of J.J. & E.A. 14y-9m-14d 30-Mar-1899


Hanna E.

  1865 1886


Adolph & Wife

Monument erected by John    
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Muskegon County Genealogical Society was founded in 1972.  Our goal is to gather all persons interested in preserving family history and to assist members and friends of the society in the compilation of family histories and genealogical investigation. 

Our purpose is:

  1. To gather people interested in genealogy and family history, with an emphasis on Muskegon County.
  2. To promote genealogical research and public access to genealogical materials.
  3. To teach members research methods, documentation standards, and other skills relevant to genealogy research.
  4. To compile, index and publish Muskegon County genealogical data.
  5. With our partner, Hackley Public Library – Torrent House, the Local History and Genealogy Department, we identify and determine the location, preservation, publication, and deposition of records of value to the genealogical community and public at large.

    Muskegon County is located on the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline, which is on the Western side of the State of Michigan in the U.S.A. We are blessed to live in a town with such an interesting history. There are many historical sites and places of interest for visitors to see.



Muskegon County Genealogical Society
C/O Hackley Public Library – Torrent House
Local History & Genealogy Dept.
315 W. Webster Ave.
Muskegon, MI 49440-1208

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We would love to have you become a member of the Muskegon County Genealogical Society!

**Anyone interested in the pursuit of genealogy may become a member.
**Memberships run from January 1 through December 31 each year.

Member Benefits Include:

  • Monthly membership meetings and regular events featuring special programs to educate and enlighten you on genealogy and history in general.
  • The monthly newsletter, Twig Talk, a publication with all the latest society news, tons of tips, and help for your genealogical research.
  • Individual hands-on assistance (at HPL-Torrent House) with basic skills, brick walls, and research advice.
  • Website members only section with access to indexes and records not easily found elsewhere.

Membership Supports:

  • Speaker fees;
  • Genealogy related equipment and supplies, new books and rebinding old ones important to Muskegon County History, photograph and manuscript purchases for the Local History collection at HPL-Torrent House;
  • Publication of books, such as the “History of Muskegon County – A Proud Legacy, Vol I, and History of Muskegon County – Footprints in History, Vol II;
  • State of Michigan non-profit license; Michigan Genealogical Council yearly dues, and National Genealogical Societies yearly dues; Website related maintenance; and Technology associated expenses.  

Please enjoy the fun of finding y​our ancestors!

NOTE:  You can CLICK HERE to open and print Membership Application in a PDF.

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Board of Directors


Karen Page Frasier

Dawn Westcomb Kelley
Vice President

Tom Shepherd

Jennifer Lamkin

Jane Schapka
Past President

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