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)

Summer Newsletter is available

The Summer 2019 Michigan Genealogical Council Newsletter is now available for download, reading, or printing.

2019 Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar

Information is now available, and registration open for the 2019 Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar featuring Tina Beaird. This two-day skill sharpening program is hosted annually by the Archives of Michigan and the Michigan Genealogical Council. Visit SeekingMichigan.org to register today!

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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." 

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. 

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.

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

July 27
DNA Interest Group
The Capital Area DNA Interest Group will meet on July 27th at 10 am at the Capital Area District Library -- Downtown Lansing (401 S. Capitol Ave, Lansing, Michigan, 48933). Street parking is free on weekends and the gated lot behind the library (entrances on Kalamazoo and Washington) should also ...
August 15
Genealogy Symposium - SAU Archives and Jackson County Genealogical Society
Join us for a day of Genetic Genetic Genealogy and Research in the Spring Arbor University Archives! 12:30 Arrival and check-in 1:00 I have a DNA test result. What comes next? 3:00 Genealogy Research in the Archives - Susan O'Brien, MLIS, MSU Archives 4:30 Dinner provided: pizza, salad, and refreshments 5:30 ...
August 15
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 ...