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)

Historic Probate Court Records in Michigan

The Archives of Michigan has issued a statement concerning the status of historic Probate Court Records in Michigan. The full statement is available at SeekingMichigan.

Winter 2018 Newsletter

NGS Society Night Wednesday 2 May 2018

Michigan Societies have a unique opportunity to market our society publications, promote our organizations, and network with genealogists from everywhere.  Many of these genealogists have an interest in researching their Michigan ancestors and collateral lines. Reserve your space today!
The following was written by the National Genealogical Society.
Society Night
The National Genealogical Society (NGS) expects as many as 2,000 family historians and professional genealogists will attend its 2018 Family History Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Michigan and other genealogical and historical societies are invited to showcase their organizations at Society Night, an innovative exposition, on Wednesday, 2 May, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., in the Center Concourse of the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.

Societies can reserve one 8’x30” skirted table and two chairs for $50 or share a table for $25. No electricity or internet connectivity can be provided. 

Typically, society staff answers questions about their society’s activities, sell their publications, network with other conference guests, and help promote genealogical and historical research. This is a rare chance to reach conference attendees and tell them who you are, what you have done, and what services and resources you have available.

If you would like to reserve a table, click here. If paying by check, please fill out the online form and mail your payment to the NGS office at 3108 Columbia Pike, Suite 300, Arlington, VA 22204.

Hope to see you in Grand Rapids!

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Parking at Michigan Library and Hstorical Ceinter

There is a new parking policy at the Michigan Library and Historical Center in Lansing.
Effective Tuesday, November 21, 2017
The gates of the DTMB-managed visitor lots on the north and south side of the Michigan Library & Historical Center will be fully operational on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.
The new gate system requires a credit card to enter and exit the lots which increases security and removes the need of physical parking tickets.  Cash is not accepted as a form of payment.
Thank you for your patience during the parking lot renovations. 

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." 

Michigan Naturalization Records Indexing

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 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.
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 join the MGC Indexing Group, instructions can be found here.

Speakers & Programs List Update Jun '17

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.
The Michigan Genealogical Council Speaker and Program List is a valuable resource for societies wishing to partner with local libraries, archives, and historical societies to offer joint educational programs to the community.
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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NGS 2018 Conference Register today!
NGS 2018 Conference early bird deadline is March 20.
March 24
Genealogical Society of Monroe County 41st Annual Spring Seminar
Join the Genealogical Society of Monroe County for our 41st annual Spring Seminar featuring Dan Fantore. Evaluating Genealogical Evidence Our People Were Farmers Introduction fo Italian Genealogy Writing for Family History Registration is required.  Download additional details and the registration form below. Additional details are also available at the Genealogical ...
April 22
Oakland County Genealogical Society
Oakland County Genealogical Society (OCGS) Pam Epple leads a research trip to Salt Lake City each year. The 2018 trip will be April 22 to May 1, and more information about the trip will be published as soon as it is available.   Assitional information will be available on the Oakland County ...
April 28
2018 Lansing Family History Seminar
A great opportunity to learn and to share, the April Family History Seminar has become a local institution within the Mid-Michigan genealogical community.  This year's Seminar is another high water mark with 49 Classes and Activities this year's Seminar is sure to be enjoyable and rewarding - Don't Miss It!.  ...