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)
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 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.
Summer Newsletter is available
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."
Barbara J. Brown Family History Seminar
Jul 10 & 11, 2020
Each summer, the Archives of Michigan and the Michigan Genealogical Council host a seminar to promote family history and offer genealogical learning opportunities. This event is generously supported by the Abrams Foundation in loving memory of Barbara J. Brown.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are pleased to offer this flagship annual event remotely via Zoom. We appreciate our speakers' flexibility as we transition to a virtual format this year and look forward to hosting Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, "The Legal Genealogist," next year onsite at the Archives of Michigan.
MGC Delegate Meeting
Michigan County Poor Houses Adam Oster, Library of Michigan Community Engagement Librarian, will present Michigan County Poor Houses. Long before the advent of modern social welfare, county governments in Michigan maintained poor houses or poor farms. Explore the early history of these facilities in their attempts to care for ...
2020 Barbara J Brown Family History Seminar
Each summer, the Archives of Michigan and the Michigan Genealogical Council host a seminar to promote family history and offer genealogical learning opportunities. This event is generously supported by the Abrams Foundation in loving memory of Barbara J. Brown. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are pleased ...
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