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

Lucy Mary Kellogg Nominations Wanted
Due to the COVID-19 measures in the deadline for LMK nominations has been extended to August 31, 2020.

The Michigan Genealogical Council is once again seeking nominations for the Lucy Mary Kellogg Award, given annually to a member of an MGC member society. The award’s namesake was the founding member of the council and the first woman and first Midwesterner to be inducted into the National Genealogical Society’s Hall of Fame. First awarded in 1992, the award is given annually to an individual whose hard work and dedication has greatly benefited our genealogical community.

The nomination form and list of requirements for qualification can be found at mimgc.org. Forms and supporting materials – or updates for those previously nominated – can be submitted to info@mimgc.org. Submissions are due May 31, 2020.
September 10
MGC Delegate Meeting
This is usually our "out of Lansing" meeting. With uncertainty about social distancing and COVID-19 this year, it will be held virtually -- at your house.   Program TBA
November 14
2020 MGC Fall Family History Event with Sunny Morton
Our keynote speaker will be Sunny Morton. Sunny will give four lectures live, virtually. Additionally, there will be a session from the Archives of Michigan staff and the Library of Michigan staff.   Speaker, writer, blogger, and editor, Sunny Morton, speaks to genealogical communities throughout the world. Her work includes ...
November 21
DNA Special Interest Group
The DSGR DNA Special Interest Group has been formed as a learning organization where we exchange our findings as we explore the growing subject of Genetic Genealogy. We meet quarterly at the Detroit Public Library (Main) to learn from and share our experiences.   There is free parking in the Employee ...