Farmington Genealogical Society

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Our website will provide interesting articles and helpful ideas on pursuing your personal research.  We plan to update the website frequently, so please check back often.
If you have any comments, suggestions or ideas you'd like to pass along, please feel free to send us an email.  Click on the "Contacts" tab for the proper person to address.
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The Farmington Genealogical Society meets on the third Tuesday of each month, September through May except December at the Downtown Branch of the Farmington Library, located at 23500 Liberty Street in Farmington, Michigan.  We begin our meetings at 6:30 pm with discussion of our research -- both good and bad, giving each other encouragement as well as solutions.  The time for our speaker is 7:00 pm.
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The Library is one block west of Farmington Road and 1 block south of Grand River.   There is parking at the library and behind the businesses that face the west side of Farmington Road, as well as a parking lot just south of the library, behind the CVS store.

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Online Launch - Irish BMD registers

From Claire Santry's blog Irish Genealogy News:
This Thursday, 8 September, will be a red-letter day for Irish genealogy.
The General Register Office's historical birth, marriage and death registers will be launched online on that date, joining the GRO Index and a collection of church records on  The records will be subject to the 100-75-50 years rule, ie. only those births more than 100 years old, marriages more than 75 years ago, and deaths 50 years ago.
September looks like it's going to see a bumper delivery for Irish genealogy.  
Enjoy your September -- what a way to start it off!!

Change in Dues

The dues structure has changed effective August 1, 2016.  Please see the MEMBERSHIP tab for more information.

Funeral Record Index

The index of Thayer-Rock Funeral Home Records is now ready for examination.  
Selected information from the records of Farmington’s Thayer-Rock Funeral Home for the period July 1937 - December 1989 has been made available for review.  More books will be added as they are indexed.   There are instructions to order a copy of those you are interested in when you click on the “Thayer-Rock" button on the left.

Seeking Michigan Adds New Death Records

The Archives of Michigan is thrilled to announce that images of Michigan death certificates from 1921 - 1939 are now available for free at Seeking Michigan:  The index for records from 1940-1952 will be made available in the next few weeks, with additional certificate images to be released each year as privacy restrictions are lifted.  Together with the records from 1897-1920 that have been available at the site for years, this collection makes Seeking Michigan the one-stop destination for more than 2.6 million free, publicly-available 20th century death records for Michigan ancestors.
This 1921-1952 collection of death certificates and indexes, in partnership with the Michigan Department of Community Health and FamilySearch, covers a critical period in the growth and development of Michigan.  Here, researchers will find evidence of the influx of Eastern European immigration, the emergence of Detroit as the automotive capital of the world, and a state crippled by the Great Depression.  Those ancestors that immigrated to Michigan, worked the assembly line, and sturggled to make ends meet can all be found here.
An individual's last name, first name, county and township/village/city of death, birth year, age, and parents' names are all indexed and searchable.  Additional information, including the decedent's occupation, cause of death, burial location, and birthplace is listed on the certificate itself.
Michigan death records from 1807-1952 are now all in one place, for free!  And, as luck would have it, Seeking Michigan is also celebrating its 6th birthday today.
Enjoy and happy searching!

The Detroit News Indexes

The Archives of Michigan received well over 1 million index cards from The Detroit News at the end of 2014.  These cards have been scanned into batches of 500 - 1000 cards per PDF file.  The tables of files are organized alphabetically by starting and ending subject.  These index cards appear to cover from the beginning of The Detroit News into the late 1990s.
The Archives of Michigan does not have microfilm of The Detroit Newspaper at this time.  Because the cards are organized by subject, be prepared to look for different but related subjects if the first subject you try doesn't yield a result.

Passenger and Crew List Indexes

The Passenger and Crew List Indexes are now ready to examine.  
Check out the index of those who crossed into Michigan from Canada between February 1901 and December 1952.  There are instructions to order a copy of those you are interested in when you click on the "Passenger and Crew List Indexes" button on the left.   

Genealogy at the Library on Computers
Thu - 11/10/2016
The Farmington Genealogical Society members will help you with one-on-one help on the computers.
They Did What?!? Finding Archived Articles about Your Ancestors
Tue - 11/15/2016
Katherine Willson presents: Learn where to find free archived digital news articles from the past, as well as comparisons of the paid subscription sites for accessing archived digital news articles.  Helpful search tips (common OCR substitutions and the use of abbreviations and hyphens in news articles) and handouts are included in the presentation.
Writing Your Family History
Tue - 01/17/2017
FGS Members, Sue Cromwell and Laura Hedgecock, will discuss the second of three sessions about "Writing Your Family History". FGS members were asked to bring 10 facts about their grandparents -- from a combination of documents and personal knowledge. We will discuss the facts and ask "what's compelling about this fact" or "what would you want to know more about", etc.  Discussion will be enhanced by showing a variety of ways to make your stories compelling.