Michigan Genealogical Council
Michigan Genealogical Council


Membership in the Michigan Genealogical Council (MGC) is open to any genealogical or family history society, amateur or professional with a primary interest in genealogy.

The first MGC sponsored Workshop was hosted by Mid-Michigan Genealogical Society on 16 September 1973. Subsequent Workshops were held annually for many years, hosted by member societies around the state. The variety of locations provided an opportunity for more society members to attend these educational Workshops and to create interest from the general public.

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.

1921-1939 death certificates available

The following press release is from the Archives of Michigan, 17 March 2015.
Archives of Michigan makes 1921-1939 death certificates available online

The Archives of Michigan today made available images of Michigan death certificates from 1921 to 1939 for free on its website www.seekingmichigan.org. 

The certificates join others from 1897 to 1920 that were previously made available. The Michigan collection now contains 2.6 million death certificates for researchers. Genealogy researchers, in particular, find death certificates useful while tracing family history. 

State Archivist Mark Harvey said that the index of death certificates from 1940 to 1952 will be made available in about a month, with certificates from that period becoming available as privacy restrictions are lifted. For example, images of the certificates from 1940 will be made available online in January 2016. The death records represent a partnership between the Archives, the Vital Records Section of the Michigan Department of Community Health and FamilySearch.org

The Archives of Michigan has made available images of Michigan death records from 1921 to 1939, expanding its online collection to 2.6 million records. Among the death records in this group is that of illusionist and stunt performer Harry Houdini, who died in Detroit Oct. 31, 1926.“This collection of death certificates covers a period in Michigan history of significant growth and development,” Harvey said. “In these records, researchers will find evidence of the influx of Eastern European immigrants, the emergence of Detroit as the automotive capital of the world and the impact of the Great Depression.”

Researchers can search four different data fields. The certificates are indexed and searchable by an individual’s last name, first name, county and township/village/city of death, birth year, age and parents’ names. Additional information that can be found in death certificates includes the person’s occupation, cause of death, burial location and birthplace.

Among the death certificates in this group is that of illusionist and stunt performer Harry Houdini, who died in Detroit Oct. 31, 1926, of internal injuries after being punched multiple times in the abdomen by a fan at a show in Montreal several days earlier.

The Archives of Michigan is responsible for preserving the records of Michigan government and other public institutions. With documents dating back to 1792, the Archives of Michigan houses much of Michigan's record heritage. More than 80 million state and local government records and private papers, 300,000 photographs and 500,000 maps, plus films and audio tapes are available for research. A growing number of materials in the Archives are available on its website at www.seekingmichigan.org

The Michigan Historical Center is part of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Its museums and archival programs help people discover, enjoy and find inspiration in their heritage. It includes the Michigan Historical Museum, 10 regional museums, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve and the Archives of Michigan. Learn more at www.michigan.gov/michiganhistory.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state’s natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr.


National Genealogical Society
Federation of Genealogical Societies War of 1812 Contributor National Genealogical Society

April 9
April Board meeting
Commission Room
April 18
Waterford Genealogical Society
From 6:00 pm to midnight, this is a must-attend genealogy event! Included is a light supper, three lectures, and door prizes. WGS members $25, non members $30. Register early, as this event fills quickly!  
April 25
2015 Lansing Family History Seminar
Lansing Family History Center Classes are suitable for all skill levels. Course descriptions are available on the website. 52 classes and activities include 16 new courses covering a variety of interests, time periods, and geographic locations. This seminar is offered to the community FREE of charge. Sponsored by The Church ...