• Barbara Mathews

MGC Statement on Diversity, Inclusion, and Justice


Contraband who served with the 13th Massachusetts Infantry, c. 1863-1865; “Binding Our Wounds, Pushing Boundaries: African Americans in Civil War Medicine,” National Institute of Health, Washington, DC; https://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/bindingwounds/index.html, 9 June 2020; photo courtesy of Massachusetts Commandery Military Order of the Loyal Legion and the U.S. Military History Institute.


At the Massachusetts Genealogical Council we strive to represent the needs and concerns of all genealogists in Massachusetts. To do so, we have member societies that send delegates to our board meetings. We rely on the delegates to tell us what is important and to focus our message.


To be inclusive in representing the diversity of Massachusetts residents and genealogists, the MGC board has made the following commitments.


  • We will prioritize our outreach to societies representing genealogists of color here in Massachusetts.

  • We will design seminars that include discussions of genealogy beyond that of European descent.

  • We will ensure that our analysis of historic records will recognize the way in which communities of color have been marginalized or misrepresented.

We take responsibility for our part in recording and teaching American history and genealogy accurately. We look forward to becoming a genealogy society that does a better job of representing our entire community.


This statement was adopted by MGC's officers, directors, and delegates on July 18, 2020.

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