Michigan Genealogical Council
Michigan Genealogical Council


All Michigan Libraries and Museums are currently closed by the order of the Governor until further notice. This includes the Archives of Michigan and the Library of Michigan.
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.

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)

Spring Newsletter is available

The Spring 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 late summer.

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.
May 31
CANCELLED - Downriver Genealogical Society
The Downriver Genealogical Society is hosting a group research trip to Salt Lake City, May 31 to June 7, 2020.
June 2
CANCELLED - Oakland County Genealogical Society
Oakland County Genealogical Society (OCGS) Pam Epple leads a research trip to Salt Lake City each year. The 2019 trip will be June 2 to 10, 2020. Additional information is available on the OCGS Website.   Additional details are available on the Oakland County Genealogical Society website.
June 6
CANCELLED - Detroit Society for Genealogical Research / Western Wayne County Genealogical Society
We hope you will join us in 2021!