Mesa County Genealogical Society

We welcome family history researchers interested in all states and countries.

Our members engage in genealogy research that encompasses many states, countries, and topics.

Mesa County Genealogical Society Brochure

First building in Grand Junction Colorado
First building in Grand Junction, Colorado

If you would like to donate to the MCGS you may do so below.

MCGS is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

Click the icon to join our Facebook Group. You will be able to communicate with other members and post interesting genealogy related information.

After asking to 'Join' will will need to answer a few simple questions, then read and agree to the group rules.


  • Society meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at 7 PM. See schedule below for program details.
  • Many meetings are held in a hybrid (Zoom/in-person) format. Check your e-mails for details
  • New Meeting Location: Western Region One Source, Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, 482 28 Rd, Grand Junction, CO. See Map

    The MCGS Business Meetings are held either before or after the regular meeting.

What's New on the MCGS Website?

MCGS Programs and Calendar of Events

We are looking for possible programs for 2023. Is there something we haven't covered in a while (or ever) that you would like to learn more about? Contact a Program Committee member to make your suggestions. Let's make this the year we learn a new genealogical research skill or document type.

Feb 9Historical Presentation by Dave Fishell, 'Still Life: Photographs from Grand Junction's Early Years, 1880-1912'.
Feb 9General Meeting - Annual Elections - 7 pm. See your email for details.
Mar 3First Friday - Central Library - 1-3 pm, Community Room
Mar 9General Meeting - Committee Assignments. Program to be announced. - 7 pm.
Apr 7First Friday - Fruita Branch MCPLD - 10 am - noon
Apr 13General Meeting - Program to be announced- 7 pm.
May 5First Friday - Palisade Branch MCPLD - 2-4 pm
May 7-12MCGS Research Trip - Salt Lake City. Stay tuned for details.
Jun 2First Friday - Central Library - 1-3 pm, Community Room
Jun 8General Meeting - Program to be announced- 7 pm.
Jul 7First Friday - Fruita Branch MCPLD - 10 am - noon
July 13General Meeting - Program to be announced- 7 pm.
Aug 4First Friday - Palisade Branch MCPLD - 2-4 pm
Apr ??Annual MCGS Picnic.
Sep 1First Friday - Central Library - 1-3 pm, Community Room
Sep 14General Meeting - Program to be announced- 7 pm.
Oct 6First Friday - Fruita Branch MCPLD - 10 am - noon
Oct 12General Meeting - Program to be announced- 7 pm.
Nov 3First Friday - Palisade Branch MCPLD - 2-4 pm
Dec 1First Friday - Central Library - 1-3 pm, Community Room

Genealogy Events of Interest

If you know of any genealogy events please contact the MCGS Webmaster so that they can be added.

RootsTech: 2-4 March 2023, Virtual and in person Salt Lake City Event. Registration for Salt Lake City is now open. No registration is needed for the Virtual event. Go to rootstech by FamilySearch for details.

New Dimensions GJ will, once again, offer a genealogy courses with our member Allan Wienand as the instructor. Click here for details. Spring 2023 details will be posted January 23, 2023. You can get on their mailing list at: info at (substitute the @ sign for the 'at' in the address).

May 7-11, 2023 [Check in Sun. May 7th PM (travel day) Check out Thurs May 11th AM]. The Mesa County Genealogical Society is planning a group research trip to the Family History Research Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Thank you to our member Allan Weinand for the work in getting this planned.

Highlights include:

  • Pre-Planning Meeting - Tips for researching at the FHL with Tip Sheet.
  • Discounted room rate at the Plaza Hotel in Salt Lake City.
  • Sunday evening kick-off get together/social.
  • Group tour and overview of resources on each floor of the library.
  • Group gathering time to share research.
  • Support for researchers.
  • And more!

Members can check their email for details and get your name added to the updates list.

Current Officers, Board Members, and Committee Chairs

Note: The 'Board' of the Mesa County Genealogical Society inlcudes the 3 Board of Directors, and the elected Officers.

Officers 2022
Brenda SaboPresident
Dave FishellVice President
Larraine PallasSecretary
Laurie BunigerTreasurer

Board of Directors 2022
Pamela PaxtonKaren SturgillKaren McGuirk

Thank you to each of you for becoming involved.

2022 Committee Chairs
Program CommitteeLaurie Buniger, Karen McGuirk, Dave Fishell, Gail Woodmansee
Membership/OutreachLaDawn Sexton, committee member: Jan Wilson
NewsletterGail Woodmansee
ResearchDarrel Sartin
Genealogist/LibrarianKaren Sturgill
WebmasterKaren Sturgill

Mesa County Genealogical Society is a member of the Colorado Council of Genealogical Societies (CCGS) and the National Genealogical Society (NGS). The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) was merged with the NGS in the summer of 2019.

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