The Jackson County Genealogical Society was formed in 1977 by a small group of people, all of whom lived in the Jackson County area. Initially, meetings were held in homes, libraries and churches.
Our first newsletter was published on April 4, 1978, containing our By-Laws, Objectives & Purpose, Upcoming Events, How-to’s and Search Tips.
The Lexicon, our quarterly publication, was first published in the spring of 1979 and produced on an old mimeograph machine.
In 2004 our Library was established to serve as a repository for research files and resources that had been held in members’ homes. Our holdings are 100% donated and include resources not only for Jackson but of many other areas. Our current location is the lower level in the backside of 211 West Ganson, Jackson MI.
Our Library is a non-profit, all volunteer organization. We depend on our Members and Patrons, like you, to keep us open.
All funds collected for research are used to support the Library as none of our volunteers receive compensations for their time.
Donations over and above our fees are greatly appreciated.
Collections and Services
Our Library is a non-circulation research library that is open to the public and welcomes all those who are interested in genealogy and discovering their family stories. Our library is staffed by friendly volunteers who are expert genealogist and are here to help you discover your family history.
Come visit us or call for appointment. Our volunteer staff can assist you find information on your family that has or does live in Jackson County, or can help in directing you in the right direction.
The Library is supported by our membership dues and donations.
– Over 400 family histories & genealogies
– Township and Village information
– Surname Index
– Obituary files
– School Yearbooks
– City Directories
– Vital Records
– Multiple subscriptions to genealogy sites
– Many others research materials not mentioned
Membership year runs from September 1 through August 31 of each year.
Individual and Family: $25.00 for all individuals at the same address.
International Membership (out of the United States): $35.00
Benefits of Membership:
– Access to genealogical databases at the Library
– Use of Library resources
– Meetings with speakers and programs of genealogical interest
– Bi-monthly newsletter
– The Lexicon a quarterly publication
– Field trips