Grand Traverse Area Genealogical Society

Welcome to GTAGS!

We are pleased that you are visiting the Grand Traverse Area Genealogical Society’s website. GTAGS was established in 1979 to support those with an interest in genealogy. Most of our members reside (full-time or seasonally) in the four county Grand Traverse area, but our family origins are from all over North America and throughout the world. We welcome all, wherever your family tree is rooted.

GTAGS fosters interest and skills to support your genealogy search. Whether you are just beginning your family research or are well advanced in your journey of building your family tree, GTAGS will add value to your experience. We encourage you to share your experiences and gain support from others with a common interest. Enjoy discovering the stories of your family’s past and building your family tree.

The tab “About Us” provides further information about the activities and programs of GTAGS. The Contact page provides information to connect you to several GTAGS Board members. We would be pleased to hear from you with your questions and comments.


Note Change to June Meeting Venue!

Our June meeting is a 40 year celebration for members of GTAGS. We will highlight the history and accomplishments of GTAGS as an organization and as individual genealogists. We will be meeting at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 3746 Veterans Dr, Traverse City.


GTAGS Website

GTAGS is pleased to share our new website. The website will be continually expanded with new content. We urge you to frequently check our  website for updates. Watch the events column for GTAGS activities and other events that may be useful to those interested in genealogy.

The new website has a Member section that can only be accessed by current members through their membership account. In this section of the website, members will be able to access information that is not available to all users of the website. You may become a member by clicking on the "Online Join" tab and entering your information. Currently, the only option available is to print the form and mail it with your check. We hope to allow  enrolling on-line with a Paypal/credit card option in the future.


June 18
Using Another Library Source: the Government Document Section
As family historians go through the library to their local genealogy department, many quickly bypass the library’s Government Document Section. All offices of our federal ...

June 19
Researching in New Mexico
The 47th State holds some of the oldest documents in the US. Written records that begin in 1598 to the current day, researchers will learn ...

June 20
GTAGS June Board Meeting
Board meetings are open to all members.

June 26
Spreadsheets 401 : Excel-lent Inspiration
Take a trip with spreadsheets to the lands of your ancestors. Learn how spreadsheets can help as you learn to read foreign language newspapers. Use ...

June 27
June Membership Meeting
Please join us for our June Membership Meeting. Please note the change in venue. This meeting will be a celebration of the 40 years that ...