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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

March 8, 2023-Jeanne White (BCGS Member)-Topic: Loyalists in the American Revolution

April 12, 2023-Kris Rzepczynski (Michigan Archives)-Topic: Digital News: Genealogy                                                                                                                  Research in Online Newspapers

May 10, 2023-Jessica Trotter-Topic: Cluster Research-Are We Related to Everyone                                                                               on the Block?

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

Delegate News

May 11, 2023


 (1) Naturalization project is progressing.  Currently the indexes are being matched with the


 (2) The Michigan Archives has an Online Catalog (

What's New

Current issues, issues from1979 (7), the 1980s (44), and the 1990s (29) of The Clarion, Bay County Genealogical Society's newsletter, and the Michigan Genealogical Council newsletter are now available for viewing by all site visitors.

They are located by clicking the Newsletter tab on the Main Menu.


1913 Marriage Records and Index are now available for viewing.

Marriage Records and Indexes now cover 1913-1933 inclusive.

Marriage Indexes can be viewed by all Site visitors via the Research tab.

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


Pictures and postcards from the Robert Merritt Collection pertaining to Bay County are interspersed on the website.  Robert has been collecting postcards from all over the world for over 40 years.                                                                  


"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.



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. 


Downtown Bay City-1940s

Looking South from Center and Washington

City Hall-Tall thin building on the right

in the back

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