Michigan Family History Societies (M)

This section lists county associations from Manistee to Midland giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

County Societies

Manistee County Historical Museum

There is a large Card Index in the Museum, which is organised by Surname.  These surnames were taken from Newspaper Articles, Birth and Marriage Announcements, Obituaries, Books and Cemetery Reference Information. 

Many other resources are also available, which include City Directories, Phone Books, Old Plat Maps and a Local Newspaper Collection beginning in 1870.


Marquette County Genealogical Society

The association was organised in 1988, its aims being to preserve and organise sources, to promote and encourage interest in family history and to maintain genealogical resources.

A list of Marquette Co. Cemeteries and a list of Vital Records on LDS(Latter Day Saints) Microfilm is available on the site. 

Links to resources on other sites are also accessible, which include Census Returns, Naturalisations and the Biographical Record of Marquette County.

Many publications are available for sale, which incorporate:

  • Back Issues of their Newsletter Lake Superior Roots
  • Cemetery Records
  • Heritage Cookbook
  • Hunting for Your Heritage: Comic Book for young Genealogists
  • In Search of Our Ancestors: a Genealogy How-To Book
  • Marquette Co. 1850 Federal Census

Mecosta County Genealogical Society

The Society offers Pioneer Certificates to anyone who can prove they are directly descended from the pioneers of Mecosta County prior to 31 December, 1899.

Many resources are acceessible in their library, which incorporate:

  • Civil War 1861-1865 First Regiment Engineers Mechanic
  • Civil War Veterans
  • Federal Census Returns
  • Information about the Townships, Businesses, Churches, Schools, Cemeteries and Vital Statistics
  • Veteran's Graves - Civil War

Vital Statistics include:

  • Birth Certificates for Derfield Township
  • Birth Records for Austin Township 1933-1941
  • Death Records for Aetna, Colfax, Deerfield, Millbrook and Austin Townships
  • Obituaries
  • Pioneer Published Births 1937-1950
  • Pioneer Births 1937-1971
  • Pioneer Birth Index 1951-1971

Midland Genealogical Society

Numerous publications are available for sale, which include Marriages 1855-1910 and Obituaries 1872-1982.

Publications sold by the Society also include a Midland Co. Records CD, which includes:

  • Account Book of Charles H. Rodd
  • Bethany Indian Mission 1843-1855
  • Bethany Indian Mission 1851-1868
  • Cemetery Records
  • County Census 1850-1894
  • Early Saginaw Valley History
  • In the Wilderness With the Red Indians
  • Index to First Families of Midland County
  • Indian Build a Birch Bark Canoe
  • Midland Pioneers
  • Obituary Index 1872-1927
  • Probate Index 1850-1900

An index to their publication, Pioneer Record, is also available, which dates from April 1980.

Links to other sites you may find useful are also accessible.


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