Michigan Genealogical Council
Michigan Genealogical Council

Michigan Genealogical Council - Welcome

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, January, April, July, and October.  The copy deadline for issues is the 15th of the month prior to the publication date.  Please submit directly to our editor, Carolyn Haines, or to the Council email. (MS Word or plain text preferred)

Fall 2017 Newsletter

The Fall 2017 Michigan Genealogical Council newsletter is now available for download.
MGC Fall 2017 Newsletter

NGS Society Night Wednesday 2 May 2018

Michigan Societies have a unique opportunity to market our society publications, promote our organizations, and network with genealogists from everywhere.  Many of these genealogists have an interest in researching their Michigan ancestors and collateral lines. Reserve your space today!
The following was written by the National Genealogical Society.
Society Night
The National Genealogical Society (NGS) expects as many as 2,000 family historians and professional genealogists will attend its 2018 Family History Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Michigan and other genealogical and historical societies are invited to showcase their organizations at Society Night, an innovative exposition, on Wednesday, 2 May, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., in the Center Concourse of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

Societies can reserve one 8’x30” skirted table and two chairs for $50 or share a table for $25. No electricity or internet connectivity can be provided. 

Typically, society staff answers questions about their society’s activities, sell their publications, network with other conference guests, and help promote genealogical and historical research. This is a rare chance to reach conference attendees and tell them who you are, what you have done, and what services and resources you have available.

If you would like to reserve a table, click here. If paying by check, please fill out the online form and mail your payment to the NGS office at 3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22204.

Hope to see you in Grand Rapids!

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Engaging Long Distance Members - Jen Baldwin

Our July 21 Delegate meeting featured Jen Baldwin, of FindMyPast, and host of #genchat. The handout from this session is designed to encourage and inspire the membership and leadership of genealogical societies.  Thank you to Jen for allowing us to share her handout with the genealogical community. "Engaging Your Long Distance Members." 

Michigan Naturalization Records Indexing

From MGC Projects Chair Roger Moffat:
And we're off - the long awaited project to index Michigan Naturalisation Records with FamilySearch Indexing is underway. This page has basic notes and links. If you're already set up with FamilySearch Indexing open the software and download a batch to have at it - the project is listed under "US, Michigan-Archives of Michigan, Naturalization Records, 1812-1985". 
This is a partnership between the Archives of Michigan, FamilySearch Indexing, Michigan Genealogical Council, and genealogists everywhere interested in their Michigan ancestors!  For additional information on this project and tutorials on how to become an indexer for Family Search, visit SeekingMichigan.org/naturalizationSeeking Michigan is the digital platform for the Archives of Michigan.
If you are not a member of a FamilySearch Indexing group yet, we hope you will become a member of the MGC Indexing Group.  If you would like to join the MGC Indexing Group, instructions can be found here.

Speakers & Programs List Update Jun '17

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 Application page -- under the About Us heading.
The Michigan Genealogical Council Speaker and Program List is a valuable resource for societies wishing to partner with local libraries, archives, and historical societies to offer joint educational programs to the community.
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.


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.

National Genealogical Society
Federation of Genealogical Societies Historical Society of Michigan National Genealogical Society

2017 MGC Fall Family History Event
Registration is now open!
Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
A Day with Pamela Boyer Sayre and Richard G. Sayre at the Michigan Library & Historical Center in Lansing,
presented by the Michigan Genealogical Council & Archives of Michigan.
October 21
2017 MGC Fall Family History Event
Registration is now open for the 2017 Family History Event. This year our fall seminar is A Day with Pamela Boyer Sayre and Richard G. Sayre. Co-sponsored by the Michigan Genealogical Council and the Archives of Michigan, this has become one of the premier annual genealogical seminars in Michigan.   Register online ...
October 28
Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan Annual Seminar
Save the date! Sophie Hodorowicz Knab and Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz will each present two sessions. Additional details are available from the Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan.
November 4
Eaton County Genealogical Society Bus Trip
The bus will leave the 1885 Courthouse promptly at 7:00 am. There will also be a pick-up at the “park & ride” in Marshall and Coldwater. Lunch is on your own. We will leave Fort Wayne about 5:00 pm and will stop enroute for dinner. Cost is $30. For additional ...