Genealogical Research

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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 PM on the second Wednesday of each month, April through November.   It is a non-profit educational organization.  Everyone is invited to attend. 

To join the BAGS, please print and mail in the Benzie Area Genealogical Society (BAGS) Membership Brochure and Application Form.