Benzie Area Genealogical Society hosts MGC for September 12th board and delegate meeting

Please join the MGC board and other delegates at our Thursday, September 12, 11 am meeting. It will be held at the Elizabeth Lane Oliver Center for the Arts, 132 Coast Guard Rd, Frankfort, MI 49635.  Limited parking is available at the Art Center and I would encourage you to let those with mobility issues park the closest. Other parking is available a short distance from the meeting place.
Our program will be “The Royal Frontenac Hotel History in Frankfort, MI” by Andrew Bolander.  The Royal Frontenac rivaled the Mackinac Island Grand Hotel in its day.  Benzie Area Genealogical Society will be our host for this meeting.
Please find attached the agenda and meeting minutes from our July meeting. migrated to on September 1st.  You will be redirected in the coming weeks but be sure to bookmark the new website. The good news is that the 1943 Michigan Death Certificates are available on Michiganology.  Thank you to the Archives of Michigan staff for all the behind the scenes work that was needed to make this the premiere online research resource for Michigan records.
The MGC Fall newsletter will be coming out soon. The deadline for submissions is September 15th. If your society has anything they would like considered for the newsletter, please send it to Carolyn Haines, before the 15th.
MGC’s 2019 Fall Family History Event will be held Saturday, November 9th. Our speaker will be Diahan Southard. She will be speaking on DNA, other speakers will include Dan Earl, who will be presenting two programs on Beginning Genealogy, Adam Oster on Poor Houses in Michigan, and an Archives of Michigan speaker, to be determined.  More information will be available on and soon.  I will send a separate email with more information once registration is live.
Our September meeting is our Out of Lansing meeting.  MGC tries to move our September meeting around the state to give those who can’t travel to Lansing a change to attend. If your society would like to host the September 10, 2020 out of Lansing meeting, please let me know.
I am looking forward to a great meeting on the 12th, I hope you can make it.
Brenda Leyndyke, President

Michigan, MGC have dedicated volunteers!

The benefit of engaged, active and hard-working volunteers was in evidence at the Michigan Genealogical Council delegate meeting on May 10th.  Honoring volunteers and the societies they support is a highlight of these delegate meetings and there was much to celebrate at this session.

The National Genealogical Society 2018 Family History Conference was a huge success due to the volunteers of the Western Michigan Genealogical Society.  They were honored with a certificate from MGC Conference coordinator Tom Koselka and pictured here are Mindy Koole, Don Bryant, and Sue Irvine (and others).Western Mich Gen Soc

Societies with years of service in their communities to the family historians were:  1) the Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan, for their 40th Anniversary.  Shown here are President Valerie Koselka and Jill O’Sullivan (with some of their members) presented with a certificate from Barbara Curtindale, MGC Historian and Awards Chairman. and

St Clair Shores Family History Grp

2) the St. Clair Shores Family History Group, shown here with President Katherine Willson, and Francine Warsalla and Vicky Armstrong.

Congratulations to everyone!!!!

And special recognition was given to Brenda Lendyke for her book, Research in Michigan, published by the National Genealogical Society and SOLD OUT at the NGS 2018 Family History Conference!  While she was paid for her work by NGS, Brenda graciously donated her payment to the Michigan Genealogical Council.  Thank you, Brenda, for your support to MGC in so many ways!