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MGC has been recognized as tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3). Gifts of support are fully tax-deductible and donors will receive a written acknowledgement for tax purposes.

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About MGC

Government-produced records are public records. Massachusetts enacted its first law ensuring that public records are open records in 1641. The public good is improved when historians, genealogists, journalists, authors, investigators, and other citizens, have access to records. Genealogists owe it to themselves to advocate for open public records.

Massachusetts Genealogical Council (MGC) was founded in 1980 and is the umbrella organization representing Massachusetts genealogists, historical societies, and individuals who are concerned about records preservation and free and unfettered access to civil records. MGC serves as the records access watchdog and provides a reality check for the Massachusetts legislature regarding access issues. Thanks in large part to efforts by MGC, genealogists are able to access all Massachusetts vital records.

Massachusetts Legislative Activity — Stay Informed!

MGC regularly communicates with members about Massachusetts and federal legislative activities concerning records preservation and access in several ways.

To help monitor the activities of the Massachusetts Legislature, please contact the MGC Director of Civil Records, records@massgencouncil.org

How Do I Reset My Password?

In order to reset your password you must be logged in. If you can't tell whether you are logged in, look at the top of the left sidebar under Member Login. Does it say, Hi, and your name? Then you are already logged in and can skip down to Now Reset Your Password. If not, you must log in.

How to Log In

You can log in either by clicking the blue User Menu tab along the top of the page and selecting User Login; or by going to the left sidebar under Member Login.

To log in you'll need your user name and password, which were given to you in the welcome email sent to you when you joined. If you forget your user name or password you can request a reminder email. Just click on Forgot Login? which will bring you to a page where you can request the information be sent to you by email at the address you gave when you first signed up.

Once you are logged in you can visit your member profile to check on your membership status, upload a photo of yourself and make corrections to your contact information.

Now Reset Your Password

To visit your profile page select View / Edit User Profile under the blue User Menu. This will bring you to your profile page.

On the profile page, above Your Name Profile Page, click on and hold down the Edit drop-down menu

Select Edit Your Profile.

Click on the Contact Info tab.

Scroll down to enter your new password, then enter it again at Verify Password.

Click Update.

Voilà!

How Do I Log In?

You can log in either by clicking the blue User Menu tab along the top of the page and selecting User Login; or by going to the left sidebar under Member Login.

To log you'll need your user name and password, which were given to you in the welcome email sent to you when you joined. If you forget your user name or password you can request a reminder email. Just click on Forgot Login? which will bring you to a page where you can request the information be sent to you by email at the address you gave when you first signed up.

Once you are logged in you can visit your member profile to check on your membership status, upload a photo of yourself and make corrections to your contact information.

How to Renew Online

1. You must be logged in before you can renew. If "Hi, Your Name" appears at the top of the left column you are already logged in. Skip to #3!

2. Go to the top of the left-hand column under Member Login and enter your user name and password. If you forget them, click on Forgot Login? and they will be emailed to you. 

3. Once logged in go to the blue pulldown User Menu above and select View / Edit Profile. This will bring you to your membership profile. 

4. Scroll down a bit, then click on the Membership Status tab. Click on Renew Now: $10.00 per calendar year. Review your information.

5. Click on the Paypal button. You don't need a PayPal account--you can just enter your credit card as with any other online transaction.

6. You will receive a thank-you email from MGC and a receipt from Paypal. Paypal is an extremely safe way to pay online.

If you still have questions you can email membership@massgencouncil.org for help. Thank you for renewing! We appreciate your support.

MGC Board and Contact Info

Massachusetts Genealogical Council
PO Box 5393
Cochituate, MA 01778-5393

 

Officers, Directors, and Committee Chairs

 

1 August 2013 to 31 July 2015

General Information:info@massgencouncil.org

President:  Mary Ellen Grogan, president@massgencouncil.org

Vice President:  Sharon Sergeant, vicepresident@massgencouncil.org

Treasurer: Sue Tellier, treasurer@massgencouncil.org

Recording Secretary: Katherine K. Lowrie, secretary@massgencouncil.org

Membership Committee: Sue Tellier, Brigid O'Donnell membership@massgencouncil.org

Program Director: Margaret Sullivan, program@massgencouncil.org

Communications Director: Sharon Christenson, communications@massgencouncil.org

Civil Records Director, Federal: Barbara Mathews, FedRecords@massgencouncil.org

Civil Records Director, Massachusetts: Teresa Scott, StateRecords@massgencouncil.org

Ways & Means: Kathy Broomer, waysmeans@massgencouncil.org