Michigan Genealogical Council
Michigan Genealogical Council

MGC Projects

Throughout its history, the Michigan Genealogical Council has been involved in many projects.
Currently, the Michigan Genealogical Council and our member societies are assisting with the indexing of Michigan Naturalization Records. WIth Family Search and the Archives of Michigan, we have been asked to help index this important recordset. Records involved are those held at the Archives of Michigan and digitized by Family Search. In addition to approximately 70 Michigan county court Naturalization Record files the Burton Historical Collection (Detroit Public Library) loaned the Detroit Recorders Court Naturalization records to be included in this project.
Once completed, the indexes will be freely available on Family Search and Seeking Michigan, with images exclusively available on Seeking Michigan.
Previous Michigan Genealogical Council Projects:
  • The "Muriel Links Obituaries" are approximately 85,000 Obituaries clipped from Grand Rapids Newspapers covering the period 1930–1970 and pasted onto cards that are kept at the Grand Rapids Public Library.  Indexing was done by volunteers through FamilySearch, many of whom were members of MGC member societies.  The index and images are now available on http://familysearch.org.
  • Michigan County Marriages  (FamilySearch)  Please be sure to read the description before beginning your search.  There are 15 counties whose marriage registers are included in this record set.  The index and images are now available on Michigan, County Marriages, 1820-1935
  • The Centennial Families Indexing Project consisted of creating an electronic index of the 1976 MGC Centennial Family Project.  This index is searchable, and researchers can easily locate the original application at the Library of Michigan and Archives of Michigan. The searchable index for the 1976 Centennial Families Project is now available.  Original records are available at the Archives of Michigan.  Records on microfilm are available at the Library of Michigan in Lansing and the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.  Unfortunately, these films do not circulate to local Family History Centers.
  • Death Without Record - This Michigan Genealogical Council Project no longer accepts registrations for persons who died and left no Michigan official record. Submitted data remains available.
  • GENDIS  The Genealogical Death Indexing System was a joint project using data from the Michigan Department of Community Health and volunteer genealogist transcribers from Michigan Genealogical Council member societies.  Funding for keying the transcriptions came from the Abrams Foundation.  The last update from this project was posted in March 2002.  While incomplete, this offers an alternate finding aid for Michigan deaths.  The original GENDIS lives on the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) website.  A more complete and robust index was created by FamilySearch, along with the original images from MDCH from this period.  The index and images became available in 2007 on FamilySearch.org, under the title Michigan Deaths (1867-1897).