Michigan Genealogical Council
Michigan Genealogical Council


Membership in the Michigan Genealogical Council (MGC) is open to any genealogical, family history society, or family association, amateur or professional with a primary interest in genealogy.

Delegate meetings are held in January, March, May, July, September, and November. Please check the Events page for the exact date, time, and location.

The MGC Newsletter is published four times per year.


Genealogical Speakers & Programs List

The Michigan Genealogical Council has created an updated Genealogical Speakers List, containing speakers' names, contact information, topics presented, and the societies and organizations where those presentations have been delivered over the past 2 years. This listing is available to our member societies in the secure download section, after logging in with your member society user name and password. If you would like information on how your society can join MGC, please visit the Membership page -- under the About Us heading.
Our thanks to MGC Vice President and Program Chair Katherine R WIllson for creating this listing.
Thank you for your willingness to share your speaker and program information with us.


Newsletter Deadline approaching

The deadline for the next issue of the MGC newsletter is quickly approaching.  Please submit directly to our editor, Carolyn Haines, or to the Council email. (MS Word or plain text preferred)


Vital Record Substitutes & Civil War?

Amy Johnson Crow, this year’s featured speaker at the Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar, will give 2 programs of interest on Saturday, July 9. The first, “What Do You Mean There’s No Record?! Using Vital Record Substitutes,” will explore sources – in the absence of traditional vital records – that can be just as rewarding.
Amy’s second program, “Researching Your Civil War Ancestors Online” will provide details on what Civil War information is available online, where to find it, and how to use it in your family history research.
Amy’s vital records substitute presentation (Session I) is Saturday, July 9, 9:30-10:45a, and her Civil War program (Session M) is that same day from 1-2p.

Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar

The Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar will be held in Lansing on July 8-9 and will feature noted speaker, genealogist, and blogger Amy Johnson Crow. Brought to you by the Archives of Michigan and the Michigan Genealogical Council, the event's information, program schedule, and registration page can all be found here: http://seekingmichigan.org/events/2016-abrams-foundation-family-history-seminar

Look for Detroit records in Lansing?

Jill Arnold's "Exploring Detroit at the Archives of Michigan" explores collections from Detroit, acquired in the last five years, including case files from the Detroit Recorders’ Court, news clippings from the Detroit News and Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, and assessor cards from the City of Detroit.  This breakout session illustrates the use of these collections and how best to maximize your research with them.  
Jill's presentation (Session J) is Saturday, July 9, 11:00a-12:00p.

Friends, Acquaintances, & Neighbors?

Jessica Trotter's "Cluster Research (Or Discovering You’re Related to the Whole Block)" will offer tips, tricks, and examples of how researching your ancestors’ neighbors and neighborhood can further your research.
Jessica's presentation (Session L) is Saturday, July 9, 11:00a - 12:00p.

County and History Books research?

Jessica Harden's "Our Town: Researching Your Ancestors with County and History Books" illustrates how county histories can be a valuable tool in your research. Examples included are finding biographical sketches to learn about the day to day life of our ancestors.  This program will give an overview of where to find county histories in print and online and how to best utilize them in your research.
Jessica's presentation (Session F) is Friday, July 8, 3:15-4:15p.

Spelling Variations and Misinformaton?

James Jackson's "Research That Made Me LOL" will show that attorneys, clerks, enumerators, and sextons really do have a sense of humor. Mix our ancestors with bureaucracy and then throw in foreign accents, the results are often unpredictable!
Jim's presentation (Session O) is Saturday, July 9, 2:30-3:30p.

Utilizing Court Records & Legal Docs?

Janice Selberg's "Law Resources in Genealogy" will focus on using these in addition to equity courts, records and briefs, private laws, and the arrangement of federal and state statutes.  Also covered is the language of wills, trusts, and other legal documents with an early example.
Janice's presentation (Session E) is Friday, July 8, 2-3p.

Better leverage Google in your research?

Katherine Willson's "Little-Known & Rarely-Used Google Resources & Search Tips" will offers tips and techniques for more efficient research utilizing Google’s full capabilities, including Google Alerts, Google Books, Google Translation, and additional Google resources.
Katherine's presentation (Session K) is Saturday, July 9, 11a-12p.

Searching for Living Relatives?

Bethany Waterbury's "Locating Living Relatives: The Challenges of 20th and 21st Century Research" while challenging, offers online and paper sources available to find and locate living relatives.
Bethany’s presentation (Session H) is Friday, July 8, 3:15-4:15p.

Skeltons in the Closet?

Matthew LaFlash’s “Skeletons in the Closet: Discovering a Difficult Past" will offer a case study approach in uncovering an ancestor’s difficult past – all with little information to start with.
Matthew’s presentation (Session P) is Saturday, July 9, 2:30-3:30p


MGC Logo Merchandise is now available

Michigan Genealogical Council logo merchandise is now available for sale through TotallyCoolTees and CafePress.  Choose from t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, tote bags, lunch totes, travel mugs, hot beverage mugs, cold drink glasses, and much, much more!  Click on the MGC merchandise menu item on the left to check out what's available now.  Council earns a profit from each of these branded items purchased from these two vendors.


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2016 Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar
After kicking off with a tour of the Archives of Michigan, conference attendees will have the opportunity to pick from a variety of speakers and family history topics over the two-day event. Seminar attendees will have the opportunity to pick from a variety of outstanding speakers and family history topics over the two-day event. The Archives of Michigan and the Michigan Genealogical Council are proud to cosponsor the 2016 Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar
July 8
Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar
Join us for the 2016 Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar featuring Amy Johnson Crow! The complete schedule and registration information is now available.
July 8
MGC Delegate Meeting
Just prior to the kickoff of the Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar, Amy Johnson Crow, presents How to Keep Your Volunteers Happy, Helpful, and Engaged to our society delegates.   With volunteers doing the majority of the work in most genealogical societies, it is vitally important to keep these valuable ...
September 8
MGC Delegate Meeting
MGC would like to thank our member society Cass River Genealogical Society for hosting this annual out-of-Lansing meeting, and their President Dan Haubenstricker, who will present (along with local historian David Maves) a 40-minute program titled "German Immigration and the Settlement of Frankenmuth." The Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce and Convention & ...