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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 Presentations

Genealogy Classes-Wirt Library (Second Floor Computer Lab)

Presented by Mary McManman (Bay County Genealogical Society)

Discover Your Roots: Family History Research for Beginners

   Saturday, June 15, 2024. 9:30 am to 11:30 am.

   Registration begins Wednesday, May 15, 2024

      Ask at Reference desk or call 989-893-9566 ext. 5 

Intro to Genealogy Databases at the Library

   Saturday, June 22, 2024. 9:30 am to 11:30 am.

   Registration begins Wednesday, May 22, 2024

      Ask at Reference desk or call 989-893-9566 ext. 5


Bay County Genealogical Society Meeting

Open meetings resume in September

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

Delegate News

March, 2024


 (1) 1948 Death Certificates are available on

 (2) Programs for the Public from the Library of Michigan.

     Free monthly family history Zoom programs.  

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 December 10, 1931, 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 (April-June 2024) of The Clarion, Bay County Genealogical Society's newsletter, and the Michigan Genealogical Council newsletter (Spring 2024) 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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