Michigan Genealogical Council


Ari Wilkins
Ari Wilkins

Thank you!

Thank you to all who attended the 2024 Barbara J. Brown Family History Seminar featuring Ari Wilkins. Additional thanks to the speakers, the Archives of Michigan staff, the Abrams Foundation, Michigan History Foundation, and Michigan Genealogical Council for their support.

Please save Saturday, November 16, 2024 for the Fall Family History Event with Angie Bush who will join us in-person at the Michigan Library and Historical Center in Lansing. This event will be co-sponsored by the Michigan Genealogical Council, Archives of Michigan, and Library of Michigan.

Michigan Genealogical Council - Serving Our Societies

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.

Member Society Login, Society Listings, Broken Links

To request a copy of the September 2023 MGC Speaker and Program list, please send an email to web@mimgc.org. Please include your name, the name of your member society, and if not a delegate your role in your organization. 

The Michigan Societies List has been rebuilt and is functioning along with the society brochures. If you have an update for your society brochure, or do not have one publicly available yet, please send it as a PDF file to web@mimgc.org.

Many links that appear in search engines have been renamed to more clearly reflect the purpose of that page.

The MGC Newsletter is published four times per year, January, April, July, and October. The issue copy deadline is the 15th of the month before the publication date. Please submit directly to our editor. newsletter@mimgc.org. (MS Word or plain text preferred)

The Spring 2024 Michigan Genealogical Council Newsletter is now available to download, read, or print.

Black history in the United States has been rife with racism, violence, and hate. It is time to change that history. The Michigan Genealogical Council (MGC) stands in solidarity with the Black community and opposes inequality and injustice. Now more than ever, we must support one another and speak up, MGC vows to be silent no more.

Zoom for Society Meetings

Dan Earl explains how to host a Zoom meeting and the benefits to societies in using Zoom for virtual meetings. This was the program at our September 10, 2020 “out-of-Lansing” meeting. 

The purpose of this tutorial is to provide step bu step guidance to societies that wish to offer virtual meetings and programming for their members.

For the best experience please view in full screen.

Pioneer Certificate Program

The Michigan Genealogical Council sponsors a Pioneer Certificate Program.

For additional information and an application, visit the Pioneer Certificate menu item and check the video below.

There are two ways you can qualify for this certificate and pin.

  1. Pre-Statehood: Direct descendant of an early settler who settled in Michigan prior to Michigan’s statehood (before January 26, 1837)
  2. First Families: Direct descendant of an early settler in a community, settlement, or county of Michigan (January 26, 1837-December 31, 1880)