Benzie Area Historical Museum - Genealogy
Three Generations of the Nutting Family, 1897
The Benzie Area Historical Society has collected information from the descendants of Benzie County's pioneer families, families that have resided in the area for 75 to 100 years or more. This information includes names, dates, photos, newspaper articles, important documents, obituaries, and family stories. In addition, the museum has a collection of family bibles, published genealogies, and books related to the history and industry of Benzie County.
Much of this information has been compiled and entered into a genealogical software, so it is available to you in genealogical format. Much of our information is unsourced, but it is valuable nonetheless.
You may request that our staff research your ancestors. The fee for this service is $35, non-refundable. It includes two hours of research and up to five pages of photocopies or printouts. Additional copies are .25 cents per page.
If you wish, you may make an appointment to meet with one of our volunteers to research your ancestor.
Please complete the request form and mail it in with your check made payable to "Benzie Area Historical Society". You will be notified if the research could exceed the two hours or photocopy limit.
We look forward to helping you with your research.
BENZIE AREA GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY MEETS
Are you thinking about researching your genealogy, but don’t know where to start? Consider attending one of The Benzie Area Genealogical Society meetings. Meetings are held at the Benzie Historical Museum at 2:00 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month, April thru November. It is a non-profit eucational organization. Everyone is invited to attend.
USING DNA TO ENHANCE YOUR GENEALOGY
There is so much information “out there” regarding DNA tests, which one to use, what you learn from the results, and how that benefits your genealogy, that it has become very confusing.
The Benzie Area Genealogical Society’s September 13, 2017 speaker, Roger Moffat, has been researching his genealogy for more than 30 years. Roger took his first DNA test (with the Sorenson Molecular Genealogy Foundation) in 2007, and since then has taken tests at FamilyTreeDNA, 23AndMe, AncestryDNA and MyHeritage.
Roger Moffat’s presentation will cover the different types of DNA testing offered by the 4 major companies currently involved in DNA testing. He will explain how these tests might be helpful in your genealogical research. Roger will also cover some of the 3rd party websites that are helpful in understanding and analyzing your results. There will also be an extended period for questions and answers.
Roger has been a member of the Western Michigan Genealogical Society board since 1998, and is responsible for the databases website that has over 2,500,000 searchable records available on it.
Please come and join us at the Benzie Area Historical Museum, Benzonia, Michigan, at 2:00 p.m. Guests are welcome.
If you are interested in being a part of this program and sharing your family information, please contact the museum at (231) 882-5539 and leave a message. If you would like to set up an appointment, please call or leave a message with Kay at (231) 352-4170.
To join the BAGS please print and mail in the Benzie Area Genealogical Society (BAGS) Membership Brochure and Application Form.