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  Huron County Genealogical Society  
PO Box 321004, Flint, Michigan 48532
HCGS History
Huron Co. 

Our History

The Society was founded by

William "Ford" Hebner III and Marilyn L. Hebner.

The Society was originally organized in 1982.

The first meeting was held at Clifford Willett's home

(in Bad Axe, MI) on Saturday May 15, 1982 with 6 people in attendance.

At the moment not too much is known between 1982 to 1987.

I have contacted Marilyn Hebner to find out more HCGS history.

I have also been reading the past issues of our newsletter to fill in the gaps.

The very first newsletter published was Vol. 1, no. 1 for January 1987.

The newsletter stated that up to that date that meetings were held on the third Saturday of the month in Bad Axe, MI at 7:30 pm.

It stated that the meeting for January 17, 1987 would be a research trip to Saginaw-Hoyt Public Library.

The morning of the trip they were going to meet at Cliff Willett's house at 8:30 am and car pool to the library.

Jan 1987 marked the start of research trips, which we continue today.

In Jan 1987 our Officers were:
President: Clifford Willett     Vice President: Helen Kerr
Secretary / Treasurer: Marilyn L. Hebner     Corresponding Secretary: Ford Hebner

In the back issues of our newsletters held at The Flint Public Library there are some missing issues.

So, sometime between June 1991 to May 1993 our newsletter got the title "MI Thumb Prints." (which we still use today).

In May 1994 Helen Kerr is still listed as Vice President,
but in the July 1994 issue of the newsletter Allen Depcinski is named as Vice President.

Disbanded in Mid - 2008.

Re-organized by Gerald A. Little Jr. on Oct 1, 2012.

On November 5, 2012 our society lost a member and woman who was a very important part of our society.

Diana M. Hebner     April 25, 1962 to November 5, 2012
Diana Marie Hebner, 50, of Kimball Township, died Monday, November 5, 2012 after a courageous battle with cancer.   She was born April 25, 1962 in Port Huron to Marilyn and the late William Ford Hebner III.   Diana was Office Manager for Quality Mold Services.   She enjoyed researching family genealogy, embroidery, writing poetry, reading and beadwork.   She is survived by her mother, Marilyn; two brothers, William Ford (Laura) Hebner IV and Michael Hebner; two uncles, Ronald (Beverly) Angbrandt and Larry (Audrey) Angbrandt; her aunt, Donna Hebner; four nephews, William Ford Hebner V, Nicholas, Jackson and Carson Hebner; and her niece, Kierston Hebner.
Visitation will be 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.   Thursday in Pollock-Randall Funeral Home.   Diana will lie in state in St. Joseph Catholic Church on Friday, November 9, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m.   The Rite of Committal will follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery.   Memorials may be made to the Port Huron Museum or American Cancer Society.

We will miss Diana.   She served as The Huron County Genealogical Society newsletter Editor from
the early 1990's until mid 2008 (when our Society disbanded.)   She also served as Corresponding Secretary.

Our first meeting after the re-organization was Friday Dec. 7, 2012 at the Sandusky Public Library.

We had three of our 7 members attend the Dec. 7, 2012 meeting / research trip.

On Saturday, June 22, 2013 we had our first Annual Dinner since the re-organization.

There were 4 present: Clifford Willett, Judy Visner, Gerald A. Little Jr., & Amy Hubbard.

As of July 2013 we have 8 members.

We had a meeting / research trip on Oct. 19, 2013 in Bad Axe, MI.

Our Vice President, Judy Visner, was there because I had to work that day.

No one else showed up, So we did not have any meeting / research trips in Nov. 2013 or Dec. 2013.

As of January 2014 we have 11 members.

In January 2014 we scheduled two meetings and had to cancel both due to weather.

On Thursday, June 26, 2014 we held our second Annual Dinner since the re-organization.

There were 3 present: Judy Visner, Gerald A. Little Jr., & Amy Hubbard.

As of June 2015 we have 10 members

(we had 12 members at the end of 2014, but 2 did not renew for 2015).

On Saturday, June 20, 2015 we held our third Annual Dinner since the re-organization.

There were 3 present: Judy Visner, Gerald A. Little Jr., & Amy Hubbard.

This is Not definite yet, but ...

Saturday, June 18, 2016 will most likely be the date of

our fourth Annual Dinner since the re-organization.

on September 17, 2015 when I went to the MGC meeting in Gladwin, MI

I talked to Marilyn Hebner co-founder of the HCGS.

I got her new address, as her ride was waiting.

September 17, 2015 Marilyn Hebner was named an Honorary (Lifetime) member of the HCGS.

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