Welcome to the website

of the

Bay County Genealogical Society of Michigan


The Bay County Genealogical Society (BCGS) was established on March 2, 1969 and registered their name with the Bay County Clerk on April 16, 1969.  The idea for the society grew out of a class on genealogy offered by the Essexville-Hampton Community Schools in the fall of 1968. The society soon started reading the headstones of the rural cemeteries in Bay County and transcribing marriage and death records. They published them in their quarterly journal which they named Chips and Ships and later the Clarion.



The Society strives to promote genealogy and educate persons interested in genealogy, with a focus on Bay County, Michigan.
The Society also encourages the sharing of Bay County genealogy information and resources and helping others with their Bay County based families and ancestors, both past and current.