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Mesa County Genealogical Society

The Mesa County Genealogical Society (MCGS) is a nonprofit organization created to promote an interest in genealogy, and to encourage and instruct members and the community in the practice of genealogical research.

Our members engage in genealogy research that encompasses a wide area of genealogical research. We welcome family history researchers interested in all states and countries.

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.



Meetings

    Society meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month from 7 - 9 PM. See the schedule below for program details.

    Many meetings are held in a hybrid (Zoom/in-person) format. Check your e-mails for details

    Our meetings are held at the Keller Williams Realty building at 2474 Patterson Rd. An email with any handouts and an invitation to attend the meeting via Zoom will be sent prior to the meeting date.

    The MCGS Business Meetings are held either before or after the regular 'General Program' meetings.

What's New on the MCGS Website?

    Thank you to community member Jacob Dougherty for the update on the actual location of the Gateway Cemetery. The map has been updated on the Gateway Cemetery page.

    Several obituaries for some of the first burials in Elmwood Cemetery have been located and added.

MCGS Programs and Calendar of Events


Thank You to the MCGS Program Committee. Listed below is the preliminary lineup for our programs this coming year. In addition to the programs listed below several additional topics are being considered for 2025 including the 'Atomic Energy Cabin' field trip, Foriegn research strategies, Using WPA records, etc.

The 'First Friday' listed at the beginning of every month is a free opportunity for community members (and MCGS members) to visit the Mesa County Library listed for one-on-one assistance with your genealogy question(s). Check the 'Events' page on the Mesa County Library website and search for "genealogy". Registration is suggested so that we can pair you with one of our members who has experience with your particular genealogy question.

Jun 13General Program: MCGS member, society Secretary,and FamilySearch Center expert Bonnie Emmert will give 'A more in-depth look at using familysearch.org' - This will be a working session which will allow you to submit specific questions (in advance) about the use of FamilySearch in your own research. You are invited to bring your own laptop (or device of choice) to follow along.
Jul 5First Friday - Clifton Library 12 pm - 2 pm
Jul 11General Program: 'The Library of Congress (LOC)' for genealogy research. A presentation that will give you a look at the LOC website and how to use the information with your own family research.- Presenter: Sherrie Galloway. Tentatively, this program may be scheduled during the day.
Aug 2First Friday - Central Library 1 - 3 pm
Aug 8MCGS Annual potluck picnic. As in previous years this will be held at the LDS Church and FamilySearch Center picnic shelter on Orchard Ave.
Aug 18th - 22nd or 24thSalt Lake City Research Trip. Check your email for additional details.
Sep 6First Friday - Fruita Library 10 am - 12 pm
Sep 12Historic tour of New Elmwood Cemtery - Fruita - Field Trip. Stories about some of the burials presented by MCGS member and society Vice President Dave Fishell.
Sep 12Semi-Annual Business and Board Meeting
Sep 14Collbran Genealogy Program. This was a very successful program in 2023 and we will be repeating it this year. An email will be sent with additional details. Mark your calendar.
Oct 4First Friday - Palisade Library 2 pm - 4 pm
Oct 10General Program - "Writing up the Family Tree" - Carol Darrow. This will be a ZOOM presentation.
Nov 1First Friday - Clifton Library 12 pm - 2 pm
Nov 14General Program - 'Benjamin Harrison "Chickasaw Ben" White: A Complex genealogy research project in Virginia: Presented by MCGS member and society President Karen Merritt Sturgill
Dec 6First Friday - Central Library 1 - 3 pm
DecMCGS Annual Holiday Potluck - Mesa County Posse Building. Check your email for details.
Jan 9 2025Tentative - Even if your ancestor did not produce any diaries, letters, or memoirs, you may be able to use the written records of friends, neighbors and collateral ancestors to give a more indepth look at your ancestors lives.
Feb 13 2025Annual Meeting. Short webinar - topic to be announced.

Genealogy Events of Interest

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

Check out Conference Keepers for Virtual and In-Person events of interest.



Current Officers, Board Members, and Committee Chairs

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

Officers 2024
Karen Merritt SturgillPresident
Dave FishellVice President
Bonnie EmmertSecretary
Laurie BunigerTreasurer

Board of Directors 2024
Pamela PaxtonFrank NemanichJody Blackmer

There are several positions that still need a Chair for 2024 and most committees are open for additional membership

2024 Committee Chairs
Program CommitteeChair: Brenda Sabo, Members: Laurie Buniger, Karen McGuirk, Dave Fishell, Gail Woodmansee
HistorianBrenda Sabo
Membership/OutreachVacant
NewsletterGail Woodmansee
ParliamentarianVacant
ResearchDarrel Sartin
Genealogist/LibrarianKaren Sturgill
WebmasterKaren Sturgill
Ad Hoc Cemetery Project CommitteeChair: Dave Fishell, Co-Chair: Laurie Buniger



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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