Michigan Genealogical Council
Michigan Genealogical Council

Michigan Genealogical Council - Welcome

Membership in the Michigan Genealogical Council (MGC) is open to any organization or repository with a primary interest in family history and genealogy.

We do not offer memberships to individuals.

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 Newsletter is available

The Fall 2019 Michigan Genealogical Council Newsletter is now available to download, read, or print.

Digital Collections from SeekingMichigan move

Digital collections previously available on SeekingMichigan.org are now at Michiganology.org. Non-digital items on SeekingMichigan, such as research and county guides will be migrating to the Archives of Michigan pages on Michigan.gov.

What is a Lock-In?

Frequently Asked Questions about the Archives of Michigan and Library of Michigan Lock-In
What time do I have to research?
The timing is up to you. You can stay for as long as you want during the allotted time. 
What is the age range of participants?
Anyone interested in using the Archives of Michigan or Library of Michigan resources can attend. Typically, it is for teens to adults.
What does it cost?
The lock-in is free. You will need to pay for any copies you make.
Is the night structured, or can I do my own research?
The time is yours. You can do your own research. No programs are scheduled during this time. 
Do I have to choose where I am going to research?
You can travel freely between the Archives and the Library.
How do I sign up?
An option to register is available during the registration process or using the link provided in the confirmation email for the Fall Event.
Can I bring a guest?
Yes, but all guests must be registered. Unless it is announced ahead of time, there are no walk-ins allowed for the lock-in.
Can I bring food or drink to the lock-in?
Sorry, leave your goodies in the car. No food or drink are allowed in the Library or Archives areas. The snack bar seating area, located at the front entrance, is available from 5-6 pm.
What do I need to bring to the lock-in?
It is a good idea to bring a list of resources you would like to lookup.  http://answercat.org is the go-to place for the inventory of the Library and the Archives. 
You will need a research card for the Archives.  If you don’t already have one, you can get it the night of the lock-in. A photo ID is required. There is no cost for this card.
You don’t need anything for the library, but you are welcome to get a library card if you wish.
What if I need help?
The staff of the library and archives are available to answer your questions and help with locating materials. Remember, there are more attendees than staff so be patient.

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Michigan Naturalization Records Indexing

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.
To visit this indexing project immediately, visit FamilySearch and click on the "Start Indexing" button. You must be logged into your free FamilySearch account to participate in indexing these important records.

MeL access to MyHeritage Library Edition

All Michigan residents now have access to MyHeritage Library Edition in your home through the Michigan Electronic Library portal (mel.org) from the Library of Michigan. Resources available are listed below.
Access through the Michigan Electronic Library (MeL) portal. Select eResouces > Subject: select Family History. 

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." 

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

2019 Fall Family History Event featuring Diahan Southard
Join us for the 2019 MGC Fall Family History Event with Diahan Southard on Saturday, November 9, 2019, at the Michigan Library and Historical Center in Lansing. Co-sponsored by the Archives of Michigan and Library of Michigan, the Fall Event is one of the most anticipated Family History Seminars in Michigan.

Additional information including the Presentation Schedule and Speaker Bios are available under Events Calendar.

Eventbrite - 2019 Fall Family History Event Featuring Diahan Southard
October 17
DNA Interest Group
Formed in 2015, the Western Michigan Genealogical Society's DNA Interest Group (DIG) meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month in the Grand Rapids Public Library's VanderVeen Center on the 4th floor. Meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. The group discusses the use of Y-DNA (male) and mtDNA (mitochondrial—female) and ...
October 19
Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan 41st Annual Seminar
Coming from Poznan, Poland, is Ćukasz Bielecki, Ph.D. Dr. Bielecki studied biotechnology at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland.  In 2000 he completed his Ph.D. in the field of molecular modeling of modified nucleic acids. He is the creator of the online marriage database; the Poznan Project, as well as ...
October 26
Capital Area DNA Interest Group
The Capital Area DNA Interest Group will meet on Oct 26th at 10 am in the Lake Huron Room of the Lbrary of Michigan, 702 W Kalamazoo St, Lansing, MI 48911. The gated lot is open on weekends and street parking is free.  The group is hosted by the Ingham County ...