Michigan Genealogical Council
Michigan Genealogical Council


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.


Genealogical Speakers & Programs List

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 page -- under the About Us heading.
Our thanks to MGC Vice President and Program Chair Katherien R WIllson for creating this listing.
Thank you for your willingness to share your speaker and program information with us.


Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar

The Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar will be held in Lansing on July 8-9 and will feature noted speaker, genealogist, and blogger Amy Johnson Crow. Brought to you by the Archives of Michigan and the Michigan Genealogical Council, the event's information, program schedule, and registration page can all be found here: http://seekingmichigan.org/events/2016-abrams-foundation-family-history-seminar

Utilizing Court Records & Legal Docs?

Janice Selberg's "Law Resources in Genealogy" will focus on using these in addition to equity courts, records and briefs, private laws, and the arrangement of federal and state statutes.  Also covered is the language of wills, trusts, and other legal documents with an early example.
Janice's presentation (Session E) is Friday, July 8, 2-3p.

Better leverage Google in your research?

Katherine Willson's "Little-Known & Rarely-Used Google Resources & Search Tips" will offers tips and techniques for more efficient research utilizing Google’s full capabilities, including Google Alerts, Google Books, Google Translation, and additional Google resources.
Katherine's presentation (Session K) is Saturday, July 9, 11a-12p.

Searching for Living Relatives?

Bethany Waterbury's "Locating Living Relatives: The Challenges of 20th and 21st Century Research" while challenging, offers online and paper sources available to find and locate living relatives.
Bethany’s presentation (Session H) is Friday, July 8, 3:15-4:15p.

Skeltons in the Closet?

Matthew LaFlash’s “Skeletons in the Closet: Discovering a Difficult Past" will offer a case study approach in uncovering an ancestor’s difficult past – all with little information to start with.
Matthew’s presentation (Session P) is Saturday, July 9, 2:30-3:30p

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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2016 Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar
After kicking off with a tour of the Archives of Michigan, conference attendees will have the opportunity to pick from a variety of speakers and family history topics over the two-day event. Seminar attendees will have the opportunity to pick from a variety of outstanding speakers and family history topics over the two-day event. The Archives of Michigan and the Michigan Genealogical Council are proud to cosponsor the 2016 Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar
July 8
Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar
Join us for the 2016 Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar featuring Amy Johnson Crow! The complete schedule and registration information is now available.
July 8
MGC Delegate Meeting
Just prior to the kickoff of the Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar, Amy Johnson Crow, presents How to Keep Your Volunteers Happy, Helpful, and Engaged to our society delegates.   With volunteers doing the majority of the work in most genealogical societies, it is vitally important to keep these valuable ...
October 14
GotAncestors?! 2016 with Cyndi Ingle of Cyndi's List
  Western Michigan Genealogical Society Annual Seminar with Cyndi Ingle   See http://GotAncestors.com/