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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

Megan Heyl (Professional genealogist, researcher and teacher)-January 17, 2024

                      Topic: Operation Spring Cleaning. Organize Your Stuff

Mark Mullinax (more than 30 years experience in family history research)-February 14, 2024

                         Topic: Researching Immigration and Naturalization Records

Megan Heyl (Professional genealogist, researcher and teacher)-March 13, 2024

                      Topic: Timelines, Putting Your Life on the Line

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 Inside

Advertisements and headlines from the early years of the Bay City Times have been interspersed onto the website pages. They will be changed about once per month.

The current graphics are from the Feb. 18, 1916, issue.


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.


1905 and 1911 Marriage Records and Indexes are now available for viewing.

Marriage Records and Indexes now cover 1905 and 1911-1933 inclusive.

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


Current issue (October-December 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.


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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