Welcome to the Website

of the

Bay County Genealogical Society of Michigan

The Society strives to promote genealogy and educate persons interested in genealogy, with a focus on Bay County, Michigan.


It encourages the sharing of Bay County genealogy information and resources and helping others with their Bay County based families and ancestors, both past and current.

Members have read headstones from Bay County's rural cemeteries, collected interment information from Bay County cemeteries, transcribed birth, marriage, and death records from the Bay County Clerk's office, and indexed obituaries from the Bay City Times.  All of this data is available at the Wirt Library.

Upcoming Meeting Presentations

To find out how to attend a meeting via Zoom.  Click Here.

Delegate News

May 12, 2022


 (1) Naturalization Project-Family Search is digitizing the records from Jackson County.

      After that, they will be indexed.  After that, all of the records will go to the next step of

      getting them on the Michiganology.org website.  Still don't have a publication date.

(2) Many counties have provided probate records to the Michigan Archives, which will be

     digitized.  Wayne County is being digitized now.  All of the Probate Records that have

     been donated are available for browsing at the Archives.  Call to find out what they



(3) 1881 through 2018 issues of the Saginaw News can be seen from the Library of

     Michigan website (michigan.gov/libraryofmichigan/public/family-history).  Scroll down

     to "Family History/Newspaper Databases".  Continue scrolling down to Saginaw News.

     Click on it.  At the next page, you will have to enter your Library of Michigan library card

     number and pin number.

What's New

 "One-Step Webpages by Steven Morse" website link has been added to the Research/Research Links tab.  Provides tools to help with the 1950 Census plus a lot more.


The 1918 and 1929 Marriage Records and Indexes are now available for viewing.

The Marriage Records and Indexes now cover 1916-1933 inclusive.


All site visitors can view the Index via the Research tab.

All Marriage Records can be viewed by Current Society members via the BCGS Members tab on the Main Menu.


A listing of items located in the Bay County Genealogical Society's Private Library can be accessed by clicking on the link, "Click here", in the Query section. 


Bay City City Hall
completed 1897