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Genealogy Resources for Northwest Lower Michigan

Benzie County Genealogy & Research Services

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.  While some of our information is unsourced, it is valuable nonetheless.

History is the story of people

Genealogy Research Assistance

Researching your ancestors?   Want to learn more about your historic home?  Are you interested in a certain aspect of Benzie County history such as the Crane Sawmills, the Ann Arbor Railroad and Car Ferries, or Thompsonville’s Diamond Crossing?  

Our trained historians and genealogists are available to provide research services and provide an introductory research package for $35.  The introductory package includes two hours of research and up to five pages of photocopies or printouts or two digital images.

If you are interested in utilizing our research services, please complete the request form and mail it in with your check made payable to Benzie Area Historical Society.  A researcher will contact you, and virtual appointments are available with our volunteers.  Research is $35/hour, and color copies are $1/per page.

We look forward to helping you with your research!

Genealogy remembers us all

Benzie Area Genealogical Society Meetings

Benzie Area Genealogical Society

PLEASE NOTE: The Benzie Area Genealogical Society meetings are currently on hold.  Check back for updates. . .

The Benzie Area Historical Society is a proud partner of the Benzie Area Genealogical Society and is grateful for its support of our mission.  We offer free meeting space and provide occasional program support.  

Are you thinking about researching your genealogy, but don’t know where to start? Attend a Benzie Area Genealogical Society meeting.

Meetings are held at the Benzie Historical Museum at 2:00 PM on the second Wednesday of each month, April through November. It is a non-profit educational organization. Everyone is invited to attend.