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.

Registration for Our Next Library Session

Farmington Genealogical Society members will show you how to navigate the Library's genealogy databases, including Ancestry Library Edition and MyHeritage, and provide one-on-one help. This meeting is open to anyone but reservations are necessary due to space limitations. Please bring names, dates and places for the best research assistance.  
Tuesday, April 9, 2024, 6:00 PM - 8:30 PMFCL-Farmington Hills Computer Lab located at 32737 W 12 Mile Rd., Farmington Hills, MI 48334
CLICK HERE to register on the Library's website (limited availablity)

Descendants of Judson North

  Are you a descendant of Judson North who was born in New York about 1819 and died in Baldwin, Lake County, Michigan on 10 June 1894?  Your ancestor arrived in Farmington, Oakland County, Michigan and was recorded as a painter in the 1860 U.S. Federal Population Census.  He lived in Farmington with his wife, Caroline, and three sons, William, Joseph, and George. On 10 August 1862, he enlisted as a Private in the 22nd Michigan Infantry, Company A.  He served until he was mustered out on 28 June 1865 in Washington D.C.  By 1870, the family had moved on to West Bloomfield, Oakland County, and had four additional children: Oscar, Effie, Sarah, and Bert.  Judson was listed as a farm laborer.  By the 1880 census, the family had moved again to Pleasant Plains, Lake County, Michigan, and a new daughter, Lucy, appears in the enumeration.  Judson is listed as a farmer in the 1880 Census.
If any of this is familiar, the Farmington Genealogical Society has been gifted the full Civil War Pension documents from the National Archives.  Click Here to see the first few pages.   These document are a treasury of family information and we are looking to unite this packet with one of Judson's descendants.   You may contact us at for further information or to arrange a transfer of the documents.

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.

The Great Midwest Fires 1871 and 1881
Tue - 04/16/2024
Professional genealogist Derek J. Blount returns and provides a historical look at the fires that swept the Midwest and Ontario and wiped-out whole communities. Join us in finding out what caused the fires and what happened to the people who were affected.
Genealogy Jeopardy
Tue - 05/21/2024
Join us to see how good you are at the game of Jeopardy but with a genealogy twist!  We will have two teams who will try and answer questions about methodology and research techniques.  If either team doesn't get the answer, the audience can chime in.  Come join us in a fun and informative session!