Switch your notices to TEXT or EMAIL ASAP

After decades of use, our automatic telephone notification system has made its last call. As it is outdated and unable to be repaired, this software and machinery will not be replaced. Effective immediately, we need affected patrons to choose a new method to receive notices:

                TEXT or EMAIL (highly recommended)
                POSTAL MAIL (not recommended due to slow delivery times)

Please contact any BCLS branch library to update your notice delivery. If you were one of the patrons who did not receive a phone notice in early January, we sincerely apologize for the inconvenience!


BCLS is providing curbside service only at all branches until further notice. If you have questions or need assistance, call your local branch location. The Bookmobile will continue to operate during this time, with items passed through the window. At Wirt, you are welcome to use either curbside or the pick-up window located on the east side of the building (Madison Ave).

Local History and Genealogy

Child looking through family photo album

The Local History and Genealogy Room at the Alice and Jack Wirt Public Library houses the Bay County Library System’s major reference collections on Bay County, Michigan history and genealogy.  The Bay County materials include histories, city directories, high school yearbooks, atlases, maps, local history files, Bay City and Pinconning newspapers on microfilm and newspaper indexes for some time periods.

The Genealogy Reference Collection focuses on Michigan, the Eastern United States and Eastern Canada. It includes histories, cemetery readings, vital record indexes, census indexes, ship passenger lists, and obituary indexes for Bay City and Pinconning newspapers for some time periods.

You can also access our Genealogy Databases for family history research.

Web sites for Michigan Genealogy

Images of Michigan death records 1897-1943 with a death index 1944-1952.

Michigan County Histories Collection 
170 Michigan county histories dating between 1866-1926, full text and searchable.

Find a Grave
Find or post pictures of cemetery headstones.

A collection of volunteer web sites, one for each county in Michigan, part of the USGenWeb project.

Familysearch.org  includes indexed, digitized Michigan vital records, deaths 1867-1897, marriages 1868-1925, and births 1867-1902 and an index to deaths 1921-1952. Choose Search, choose Search Historical Records, scroll to the bottom of the page, choose United States, scroll to reach the Michigan records links.

Index to Michigan deaths 1867-1897.

Serachable death indexes for the U.S. with links to records, obituaries, and cemeteries.


Bay County Genealogical Society Volunteer

Bay County Genealogical Society Volunteers are in the
Local History and Genealogy Room to assist you on:

  • Tue  1-4 pm
  • Wed 1-4 pm
  • Thu 1-4 pm
  • Sat  1-4 pm