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.


Bay City City Hall
completed 1897

Delegate News

Two pieces of news from today's (November 12, 2021) Delegate meeting to the Michigan Genealogical Society.


(1) Archives of Michigan and Library of Michigan (LM) are now fully open. Hours: Mon-Fri 10-5 Sat 10-4. Masks are Required.


(2) At the end of December, Ancestry will no longer be available online through the LM. Will probably mean it will also not be available through the Wirt Library. Not sure about Newspapers.com and Fold3, which belong to Ancestry.

New Research Item

Marriage Records Index covering 1930-1933, inclusive, is available for all to view in the Research tab.

More years are being worked on.

These transcribed marriage record years are available for viewing by Current Society members and are located in Digital Files/Current BCGS Members/Bay Co. Marriage Records: 1916-1917, 1919-1921, 1923-1928, 1930-1933.

Upcoming Presentations

The following speakers and their topics are being scheduled to speak at upcoming Society meetings:

Digital News-Genealogy Research in Online Newspapers-Kris Rzepczynski from the Michigan Archives


What's In a Name. Clues to Ethnicity & Spelling Variations-Judy Muhn


Little Known and Rarely Used Google Resources and Search Tips-Katherine Willson


Ancestors In Context-Putting History in Your Family History-Dan Earl