Muskegon County Genealogial Society

Muskegon, Michigan

"Preserving Family History"


Genealogy to Inspire Researchers

We do genealogy for many reasons. First is our curiosity about our ancestors – who were they, what were they like, what experiences did they live through. Our love of history is another reason we do genealogy. Also, our desire to solve mysteries is a huge part of our passion for genealogy. Finally, we do genealogy because we want our children, grandchildren and future generations to know and recognize the individuals over the centuries whose lives helped make us who we are today. OUR PURPOSE is to to gather people interested in genealogy and family history, with an emphasis on Muskegon County, to promote genealogical research and public access to genealogical records, to compile and publish Muskegon County genealogical data and to contribute genealogical materials and other aid to Hackley Public Library – Local History and Genealogy Department.

Free Programs

Programs are the 3rd Saturday at Hackley Public Library at 10:30 AM. The doors will open at 10:00 AM. The program will be in the lower level, Room #2. Use the FRONT DOOR ONLY! There is parking on the street, access to the front door only. Handicap ramp is also available. You can take the stairs or elevator to the lower level. Restrooms are also available in the lower level. Meetings are FREE to the public or anyone interested in their family history!

No programs in July & December.

September Program

Saturday, September 16, 2023

“Your Results Are In! Using DNA"
Special Speaker by Jessica Trotter

This presentation explores steps to take and ideas to consider when looking at DNA results and match lists and unexpected results. (A good section of this is strategies for what to do when matches don’t answer you back.)  

Jessica Trotter is an archivist by education—but works in public libraries by day. She has presented regionally for the past eight years including annually for the Archives of Michigan Barbara J. Brown / Abrams Foundation Family History Seminar, for the Genealogy Center at Allen County Public Library, at the Ohio Genealogical Society Conference and Fall Retreat in 2022, and at the NGS Conference in 2018 as well as part of their Virtual On Demand Lectures in 2020. Her genealogy research areas include Midwest, African American, and British Isles, Canadian, and Early American research. She also maintains a genealogy research related blog called Genie Road Trip at