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.


July 24
Should You Take the Hint? Automatic Record Hinting on the Giant Genealogy
Become a more savvy user of automated record hinting technologies on Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.org, Findmypast.com and MyHeritage.com when you learn from an industry insider how these ...

July 25
July Membership Meeting
Please join us for our July Membership Meeting. The speaker will be Mark Mullinax, genealogical researcher at Brighton District Library. The topic will be: "Where There's ...

July 26
Census Hurdles: How to Jump Over or Go Around
This program shares some tips and tricks for overcoming common and uncommon census research obstacles. Cari will cover topics such as language barriers, literacy, indexing ...

July 31
Google Photos: One Photo App to Rule Them All
What if there was a photo app that could manage all your photos and give you unlimited backup space? There is one. It’s called Google ...

August 6
Finding Families in New Zealand
We don’t have any major collections of census records in New Zealand, so how else can you find families in New Zealand. Looking at the ...