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, Paul Roltsch, newsletter@mimgc.org. (MS Word or plain text preferred)

MGC Inclusion Statement

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.


All Michigan Libraries and Museums are either closed or operating with restrictions based on guidance from the state and governing bodies of the institution. Please contact the facility you wish to visit for their current policy.
Please be patient with the processing of materials sent to our PO Box. With the COVID-19 measures in effect, we are experiencing delays with the processing and distribution of physical mail sent to our PO Box.

Summer Newsletter is available

The Summer 2020 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.

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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 https://michiganology.org/naturalization/Michiganology.org 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

MGC 2020 Virtual Fall Family History Seminar with Sunny Morton
co-sponsored with the Archives of Michigan and Library of Michigan for Saturday, November 14. For details and the scheduled sessions please click on Sunny's photo.
October 10
Western Michigan Genealogical Society - Literally Virtual Got Ancestors?!
So – what a year 2020 has been so far! Many events cancelled, many other events changed somehow.   This year’s Got Ancestors?! 2020 Seminar is no different. We have switched it to a Virtual Seminar. Our speaker, Lisa Louise Cooke, will be at her home in Texas, and all ...
November 12
MGC Delegate Meeting
Black Loyalists in the Revolutionary War - Cheryl Garnett This presentation will discuss persons of African descent who joined the British military during the American Revolution. Cheryl Garnett, genealogist, is a board member of Fred Hart Williams Genealogical Society, and co-founder Washtenaw County African American Genealogy Society
November 14
2020 MGC Fall Family History Event with Sunny Morton
MGC is pleased to announce registration is now open for the 2020 Virtual Fall Family History Seminar with our partners the Archives of Michigan and the Library of Michigan!   Our keynote speaker will be Sunny Morton. Sunny will give four lectures live, virtually. Additionally, there will be one session each from ...