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)

Spring 2017 Newsletter now available

The Spring 2017 Michigan Genealogical Council Nwsletter is now available.  Click on this link or the image below.
MGC Spring 2017 Newsletter

Michigan Naturalization Records Indexing

From Kris Rzepczynski, Archives of Michigan, about the Naturalization Indexing Project.
A quick update on the Archives of Michigan naturalization records indexing project.
We've seen a lot of enthusiasm with the launch of the project, which is very exciting. However, with a project of this size, there are some challenges that have arisen with the indexing.
The project will be pulled - for the short-term only - until FamilySearch and the Archives of Michigan can work through some of the record complexities and how those work best with the indexing software. Insight offered by the Michigan Genealogical Council has been very helpful as we continue to work to make these invaluable records available to the genealogical community.
New tutorials at the Seeking Michigan website will soon be found at the project page (www.seekingmichigan.org/naturalization), and more precise indexing instructions will also be available at the indexing software Help screens.
Thank you again for your patience, understanding, and enthusiasm in getting these records indexed.
Stay tuned, the project will be back up and running very soon!     

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 intersted in their Michigan ancestors!  For additional information on this project and turtorials on how to become an indexer for Family Search, visit SeekingMichigan.org/naturalization. Seeking 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 joing the MGC Indexing Group, instructions can be found here.

Speakers & Programs List Updated Dec '16

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.
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.

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2017 Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar
July 21-22, 2017
Seminar attendees will have the opportunity to pick from a variety of outstanding speakers and family history topics over the two-day event. For more information on schedule, programs, speaker bios, and registration, please visit SeekingMichigan.org. Seminar covers two days, Friday, 1:00 pm - 4:15 pm and Saturday, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm.
June 10
DSGR Bus Trip to Genealogy Center, ACPL
The Annual Detroit Society for Genealogical Research Bus Trip to the Allen County Public Library's Genealogy Center will be held in conjunction with the Western Wayne County Genealogy Society.   SIGN UP NOW!  Visit dsgr.org for details.   Go to the DSGR Store, Events, Choose the Pick Up Location (Southfield, Livonia, Chesea), ...
July 21
MGC Delegate Meeting
Please note this meeting is on a Friday to kick off the annual Abrams Foundataion Family History Seminar. We will meet earlier in the day -- 10am - 12 noon.  Registration for Abrams begins at noon.   Program is Jen Baldwin from FindMyPast, Engaging Your Long Distance Members. As our access ...
July 21
2017 Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar
Welcome to the Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar, featuring Jen Baldwin, and hosted by the Archives of Michigan and the Michigan Genealogical Council.   Seminar attendees will have the opportunity to pick from a variety of outstanding speakers and family history topics over the two-day event. For more information ...