Benzie Area Historical Museum - Genealogy
Three Generations of the Nutting Family, 1897
Our Genealogy Section is an exciting new addition to the Benzie Area Historical Museum. Volunteers are obtaining genealogical information from families who have been residents of Benzie County for at least 75 to100 years. This information is then being entered into the museum’s computer in a genealogical format. Input includes names, birth dates, death dates, photos, newspaper articles, stories from the families, obituaries, and important documents ~ any information you wish to share with us. Our mission is to “preserve your family information for future generations.”
Genealogy is an on-going pursuit ~ it is never complete. Our team is capable of helping you put your information together and in many cases build upon it, providing you with information that will enrich your records. BAHM has a fantastic collection of obituaries and photos which have been gathered over the years. Where available, they will be integrated into your family’s genealogical record. Printouts of the information gathered and input into the museum’s computer programs will also be available to you. Cost will be $15.00 and up, depending upon the size of the file. Certificates recognizing your family’s longevity in Benzie County will also be available upon request.
Our genealogy team is receiving many requests for genealogical information. The museum genealogist’s procedure is to check the museum and computer files to fulfill the request for information. A donation to the museum is requested for this service.
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 352-4170.
There is also a Benzie Area Genealogical Society (BAGS) which furthers interest in genealogy through speakers, educational materials, and member interactions. BAGS meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of the month, April thru November, at the Benzie Area Historical Musueum. As a courtesy, the Museum includes the BAGS programs on the Museum Events page at Genealogy Events.
To join the BAGS please print and mail in the Benzie Area Genealogical Society (BAGS) Membership Brochure and Application Form.