Projects are the glue of any genealogical society. In addition to the work accomplished, a great deal of sharing occurs while working. Often a new resource, a new method, or a new twist on an old genealogical problem are ideas discussed informally while working on the various projects. Our past projects have included extractions from church, cemetery, and newspaper records which resulted in many Society publications. We have preserved a photographers glass plate negative collection, microfilmed vital records, church and cemetery records, and hosted a MGC seminar.

The NEMGS Current Projects Are:

  • The Unpublished Manuscript Collection is an ongoing attempt to collect histories of families from the NE Michigan region. The collection is housed at the Besser Museum of NE MI and is available to search by appointment. Submissions include copies of bible records, narrative genealogies, photos, group sheets, pedigrees, correspondence, and much more. The purpose of the collection is to serve as a vehicle for sharing family history in years to come. If you would like to submit a hard copy of your family history please, mail it to: NEMGS, c/o 491 Johnson St., Alpena, MI 49707-1433 Attn: UPMC.
  • The Jore scrapbooks are in the primary stage of development. We are indexing the scrapbooks and putting the names into a database. We need volunteers for this project.
  • The Historic Burston Negative Collection – Milo Burston a local photographer, along with Bud Thomas, once owned and operated the Photo Center in Alpena during the 1940’s to 1979. Mr. Burston has generously donated these photographic negatives to the museum for the purpose of retaining our local history. The society has started the process of archiving the negatives and inputing the information into a database. To date we have completed over 4,000 negatives with nearly 30,000 remaining. If you would like to help contact and join the Society. Volunteers are needed. It is estimated that this project will take the Society many years to complete.