Michigan Family History Societies(A-B)

This section lists the state-wide associations from Michigan Genealogical Council to Western.  It then lists the county association of Berrien giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

Statewide and Regional


Statewide and Regional Societies

Michigan Genealogical Council

The association is a co-ordinating body for Family History Societies Michigan.

They also list Periodicals published by Member associations.  

In collaboration with FamilySearch, they are also in the process of indexing Port of Detroit Manifests 1906-1954 and Marriages. 

They have also indexed the Centennial Families which is an index of the 1976 MGC Centennial Family Project.

Many publications are available for sale, which incorporate:

  • 1870 Census Index
  • Early Military Forces
  • Guide to Historical Collections held by the Library and State Archives

Northeast Michigan Genealogical Society

Many Genealogy Collections are supported by the association, which include contributing to the Collections in Alpena Library and the Unpublished Manuscript Collection, Ancestral Photographs and the Van Nocker Collection in the Besser Museum Library. 

A database of Death Records from Alpena Newspapers 1901-1995 is accessible on the site.

Numerous publications are also available, which include:

  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Church Records
  • Death Entries and Obituaries from Alpena Newspapers 1871-1994
  • Family Registry 1997
  • Naturalisation Index which are Records for the Judicial Circuit 1878-1978

Western Michigan Genealogical Society

The society was established in 1954.  Many resources and databases are accessible on the site, which incorporate:

  • Card File Subject Index to Grand Rapids Newspapers
  • Census Returns
  • Index to Death Notices and Obituaries published in Grand Rapids Press and Grand Rapids Herald from 1910
  • Kent Co. Marriages and Deaths
  • Kent Co. School Census 1903-1925
  • List of Genealogical Periodicals from many Associations

In addition, indexes to people mentioned in the Society's quarterly publication Michigana from 1954-2011 and the World War I Veterans Census are accessible.

Publications sold by the society incorporate:

  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Church Records
  • Federal Land Patents 1837-1878
  • Indexes to Kent Co. 1884 and 1894 State Census Returns
  • Other Census Indexes for Counties of the state
  • State Land Patents

County Societies

Berrien County Genealogical Society

The association was organised in 1971.  Many resources are accessible in Berrien Springs Community Library, 215 W Union Street, Berrien Springs, MI 49103. 

Many publications are available for sale, which include Cemetery Records, Berrien Roots, Basic Preservation Procedures and Cleaning Masonry Burial Monuments.


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