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.


April 24
Comparing the Genealogy Giants: Ancestry.com, FamilySearch, Findmypast and MyHeritage 2019 edition
Should you use Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, Findmypast.com or MyHeritage.com? Or should you be using more than one site to accomplish your family history goals? Learn how ...

April 25
April Membership Meeting
Please join us for our April Membership Meeting. Mardi Link will return to present another program. The topic this year is "Telling Your Genealogy Story ...

April 26
How I Built My Own Brick Wall
We identify ways that researchers have built their own "brick wall" through inexperience, lack of organization, and incorrect assumptions. We discuss how to resolve these ...

April 30
English Parish Records: More than Hatch, Match and Dispatch
Most people are familiar with the baptism, marriage and burial records found in parish records but there are many other wonderful parish records that can ...

May 1
How to Use Autosomal DNA to Resolve Historical Paternity Cases
All of us are aware that DNA testing is a formidable tool to address paternity cases. However, when talking about paternity testing, the subjects tested ...