05 August 2022

Follow Friday: Michigan Germanic Genealogical Society

Graphics courtesy of Ken Howe, please don't use without permission.

First, I need to disclose that I am a charter member and current Secretary of the Michigan Germanic Genealogical Society (MIGGS). I feel strongly enough about this organization that I want to spotlight it.

Michigan is filled with those who descend from German immigrants, I am one. Have you ever been to Frankenmuth Michigan, a German town that adheres to its German heritage today? Visitors to Michigan will see German influence throughout the state.

History of MIGGS

It was in the Spring of 2018 when a group of people met to discuss forming a new German Genealogy Group. Would it be a Special Interest Group or a Genealogical Society? It was decided to become a society and it would be called Michigan Germanic Genealogical Society (MIGGS)

The society was in its infancy when COVID hit. MIGGS wasn't unique to the challenges a pandemic caused genealogical societies, but it had barely gotten going and bam, we are shut down and needing to pivot to online meetings.

The society suffered from this, and it was in the Spring of 2022 that the President, Ed Redmer, sent an email for help. He was looking for volunteers to help breathe new life into the society. He got help in the form of six people who were interested in keeping MIGGS going. 

Throughout the Spring and Summer meetings were held. A lot has been done in this brief period. A Board of Directors was formed with new officers. MIGGS is looking for a Vice President who would oversee program planning. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, please let MIGGS President, Paul Roltsch, know at info@miggs.org. All meetings are virtual, and you don't have to be in Michigan to volunteer.

Currently, MIGGS is updating bylaws, creating policy and procedures, recruiting members, and filing for 501c3 status. MIGGS has created a brochure, updated the website, created a Facebook page, and more.

What is MIGGS?

So, what is MIGGS? MIGGS is a genealogical society that explores Michigan's Germanic family history heritage. Four free and open to the public meetings will be held with hopes of expanding it to six in the future. Events for September and November have been planned and can be seen at https://miggs.org/

While on the website look at other areas of the website. Learn about the board members, membership, resources and more. Check back often as more is added.

Benefits of Membership in MIGGS

There are great benefits to membership, and we would love to have you join us. A membership form is available at https://miggs.org/join-us/ The benefits include: 

Four informative meetings with Germanic genealogical interest


Quarterly newsletter with information and updates

Notices by postcard or e‐mail of program meetings


Free 30-minute consultation with a skilled German researcher


Information on workshops and seminars of Germanic interest

Speakers and presentations virtually presented with Zoom

Networking opportunity with others who are doing similar research

Notifications of events that explore the rich Germanic heritage in Michigan

MIGGS will continue to grow and provide Germanic family history resources and help. I hope you will join us.


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