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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

Speaker search for the 2023/2024 session of the Bay County Genealogical Society underway

Robyn HouseGuettler (Owner of Between Patches Quilt Shop) to speak at the

October 11, 2023, meeting on the topic, "Civil War Quilts."

Megan Heyl (Professional genealogist, researcher and teacher) is scheduled to speak at the January 17, 2024, (Operation Spring Cleaning. Organize Your Stuff) and at the

March 13, 2024, (Timelines, Putting Your Life on the Line) meetings.

Mark Mullinax (more than 30 years' experience in family history research) is scheduled to speak at the February 14, 2024, meeting.  The topic is, "Researching Immigration and Naturalization Records."

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

A new link has been added to the "Research Links" tab. Genealogical Death Indexing System (GENDIS)-Michigan death records from the 1870s, 1880s, and 1890s.

1912 Marriage Records and Index are now available for viewing.

Marriage Records and Indexes now cover 1912-1933 inclusive.

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


Current issue (July-September 2023) of The Clarion, Bay County Genealogical Society's newsletter, and the Michigan Genealogical Council newsletter (Summer 2023) are now available for viewing by all site visitors.

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


 "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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