Queries submitted to the Flint Genealogical Society (FGS) are not posted on-line and cannot be accepted by e-mail. We do, however, publish queries in the Flint Genealogical Quarterly. There is no charge to members or non-members, but they must be submitted by REGULAR POSTAL MAIL only. We do request that they be legibly written (preferably printed or typed), and we request that you limit them to 50 words or less, and include the DATE and PLACE with the ancestor's name whenever possible. Our Quarterly Editor heartily welcomes queries, so don't hesitate to send yours in.
Address your query submission to:
FGS Quarterly Editor
Flint, MI 48501-1217
If you are interested in having your queries posted online, we suggest you contact the USGenWeb. It is set-up for receiving queries by e-mail and posting them on the Web. We fully support them in this endeavor and see no useful purpose in duplicating their wonderful efforts. At the USGenWeb county-level, any query will be accepted that pertains to that particular county. "General queries" where the county within a state is unknown, are accepted at the state-level. If you wish to submit an e-mail query, the hyperlinks below will take you to the USGenWeb home page for Genesee County or the State of Michigan.
Genesee County MIGenWeb site: http://genesee.migenweb.net
State of Michigan USGenWeb site: http://www.migenweb.net
All resources published or acquired by the Flint Genealogical Society (FGS) are freely available locally for public use by any researcher. Our acquisitions are donated to and housed at the Flint Public Library for use during normal operating hours. Copies of all FGS Publications are donated to the Flint Public Library and the Genesee County District Library, and are also available for use or purchase (Wednesday's only) at the Perry Archives Building of the Sloan Museum.
Excluding Holidays, FGS Volunteers provide free assistance to researchers each Wednesday at the Perry Archives (10am-4pm), each Friday at the Genesee County Clerks Office (9am-4pm) and six days per week at the Flint Public Library (Mon-Thr, 9am to 9pm; Fri-Sat, 9am to 6pm).
The Society also accepts limited, initial research requests mainly for those home-bound or living at great distances. Requests may be submitted by email or regular postal mail, but MUST contain the POSTAL ADDRESS of the sender. Such requests are normally limited to one or two names, a husband and wife for instance, that can be looked up in easily accessible records. If sent by regular postal mail, the request must include a SASE (self addressed stamped envelope). In addition, the requester is responsible for copying and postage fees. The requester will be notified, by email or postal mail, of the accumulated charges and these must be paid (US funds only, to "Flint Genealogical Society") before any materials will be sent.
Although copying costs vary, they typically run from 10 to 25 cents for xerox copies, 25 cents to $1 for microfilm/microfiche, and $3 for non-certified Court House records (within Michigan legislative limitations).
To avoid duplication of research, the request should state what sources have already been consulted. We normally will refer to:
- FGS Surname Card File (index of Member ancestral/pedigree charts)
- Federal Census & indexes
- Vital records indexes
- Cemetery indexes
- County histories
- City/county directories
- Family histories/biographies
- High School Yearbooks
- Obituary Index - Flint Public Library
- Obituary Scrapbooks - Perry Archives
- Merle Perry's Notebooks on Genesee County Families - Perry Archives
As much as we enjoy genealogy and sharing information, as an all-volunteer organization we cannot afford to do extensive free research or to cover the costs of copying or postage for the many requests received each year.
We welcome and encourage donations to our Society. Since FGS is a non-profit organization with IRS 501(3)(c) status, any donations beyond actual costs are tax-deductible and benefit many researchers by allowing us to expand our resource acquisitions.
Any research request beyond the initial limit of one or two names, which does not include a SASE (self addressed stamped envelope), or which requires extensive research, can only be referred to local researchers who perform such services for a fee.
FGS maintains a list of local researchers who accept paid research requests. While these researchers are members of FGS, they provide this service independently on their own. Although the fees charged will probably vary from one researcher to another, in general they presently charge around $10 per hour plus copying and postage. A current list of researchers will be supplied upon request through email or regular postal mail.