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.



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.


January 23
Using OneNote With Your Genealogy
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January 25
Patriot or Not?: Using the Genealogical Proof Standard on a Closed DAR Line
The audience is introduced to the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) and then presented with four research questions concerning a man who is currently a patriot ...

January 30
You Can Do This: Photo Organizing and Preservation
Are you sitting on a pile of old family photographs and wondering what is the best way to preserve them? What about boxes of family ...

February 5
Six Feet Under Down Under - Cemetery records in Australia
"At the establishment of the Colony for a long time no piece of ground was set apart for a Burial place. Persons buried their dead ...

February 6
DNA and the GPS solves a mystery: Hamiltons in Colonial New England
Who was Capt Thomas Hamilton? Y-DNA solves a 300 year old mystery of his origins. Using the Genealogical Proof Standard as well as DNA evidence, ...