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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)-March 13, 2024

                      Topic: Timelines, Putting Your Life on the Line


Megan Heyl (Professional genealogist, researcher and teacher)-April 10, 2024

                      Topic: Operation Spring Cleaning. Organize Your Stuff

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

Delegate News

January 11, 2024


 (1)1948 Death Certificates are available on

 (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 periodically.

The current graphics are from the July 15, 1920, 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, 1908, 1909, 1910, and 1911 Marriage Records and Indexes are now available for viewing.

Marriage Records and Indexes now cover 1905 and 1908-1933 inclusive.

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


Current issue (January-March 2024) of The Clarion, Bay County Genealogical Society's newsletter, and the Michigan Genealogical Council newsletter (Winter 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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