Farmington Genealogical Society

Welcome to Farmington Genealogical Society!

    50 Year Certificate
    Farmington Genealogical Society 
    Presented by
    The Michigan Genealogical Council,   
    May 11. 2023.
The Farmington Genealogical Society has been serving the family history community with information on Farmington, Oakland County, Michigan for fifty years!  We are celebrating our Golden Anniversary and are moving into our second half century with renewed energy.
The Farmington Genealogical Society meets on the third Tuesday of each month, September through May, except December, at the Downtown Branch of the Farmington Library, located at 23500 Liberty Street in Farmington, Michigan.  Click this link to Google Map. Our meetings begin at 6:30 pm and our speaker presentation begins at 7:00 pm. 
Our website provides interest for our members and non members alike.  Our meeting schedule with program topics can be viewed in our Calendar of Events, our Publications include physical volumes that are available for purchase and digital publications available in our members only area.  We have the funeral home documents for the Thayer-Rock Funeral Home (July 1937 through December 2016) and Passenger Crew Lists for Canada to Michigan crossings (February 1901 through December 1952).
Also check us out on Facebook, and join our Facebook group.

How can we help?

See the word FORUMS on the sidebar?  Click it and add what we can do to make your membership more meaningful.  Topics for meetings or anything else you want to bring forward is gratefully accepted.

Do you have a cousin at FGS?

Is one of out members researching the same family as you are?  Have you updated the Surname Directory (look for the Surnames tab when you select your member profile).  You can enter the surnames you are researching and the years where they were living in a specific locale.  If someone wants to contact you for information or to invite you to the family reunion, they can send you a message.  There are three benefits:
  1. Messages are sent though a FGS system that hides your email address from the sender.  You get their email with their reply information and then decide what you want to do with the request.
  2. You go through the exercise of time-line creation for your ancestral surnames -- where they were living by time periods.  If you haven't already done this it will be a big benefit to you research.
  3. You might meet a distant cousin that lives close by that you did not know you had
Then check Surname Research on the main side menu.

Genealogy Books Available

We received a bequest from one of our founding members, Peter Sheldenbrand, for his entire Genealogy Library!  A list of these items was supplied earlier directly to our membership and a number requested items in the treasure chest have been claimed (these are the items on the attached list that are shaded).  The good news is that there are a great number of items still available. List was updated 15-July-2023.
Terms of acquiring any item(s) - a free-will donation to the Farmington Genealogy Society*
* you will need to work out the transfer of the chosen items once our coordinator verifies the item(s) you want are still available.  Items will be processed on a first come, first served basis.  The inventory is currently stored in Farmington Hills, so it is preferred that you are able to make local arrangements to collect the items chosen. If you need to have the item(s) sent via USPS, we require that you cover the postage in addition to the amount you intend as a donation. 
So look at the list CLICK HERE, and send your selection and mode of transfer to .  

Library of Michigan 2024 Public Programs

The Library of Mchigan has announced the 2024 schedule of Public Programs.  All progams are held online via Zoom.  CLICK HERE to link to the schedule.


The Michigan Archives Website, contains a number of digital treasures including the actual images of Death Certificates (up through 1947 and rolling an additional year each January in compliance with the state 75 year limitation). Non-digital items, such as research and county guides, are available at the  Archives of Michigan pages on Check it out!


The Farmington Genealogical Society is a member of both the  Michigan Genealogical Council and the National Genealogical Society.
The current  Michigan Genealogical Council Newsletter is available to download, read, or print.  Click on the link to find out more about the genealogical happenings around our State.

What Have You Been Up To?
Tue - 09/17/2024
We're getting back together after the summer break for a lively discussion and sharing session. You are encouraged to bring in your favorite stories, latest findings, observations, and brick and broken-down walls to share with the group.
Come Find Your Ancestors on and other databases at the Library
Tue - 10/08/2024
Come join us for help with your research.  Members of the Farmington Genealogical Society will help attendees look through the thousands of databases of Library Edition plus (Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints) database. Plus, where you might want an assist in research.  Registration is required.   Click here to register.
Genealogy - It's Not Greek to Me
Tue - 10/15/2024
Farmington Genealogy Society Co-President, Rozlyn Kelly discusses how to conduct genealogical research starting with oral history and locating documentation to support, explain or further the oral history. It includes a case study of an interracial couple, a Canadian-born free black man who serves in the US Civil War and marries a German immigrant woman, and their pioneering travels throughout rural America in the late 1800s.