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Genealogy database with census, birth, marriage, death records and more.

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Capital Area District Library's Local History Online digital collections. Contains photographs, vintage postcards, school yearbooks, documents, and more.

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This is a collection of newspapers held by the Ingham County Genealogical Society (ICGS), consisting primarily of the Ingham County News (1860-1969 with some gaps*). The collection also includes single issues or just a few issues for the following titles: The Michigan Farmer and State Agricultural News (1872); The Evening News (Detroit, 1873); The Stockbridge Sentinel (1883); The Dansville Herald (1888); The Chelsea Standard (1897); Ingham County Democrat (1917); Ingham Democrat (1846); and Orion Weekly Review (1905).


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High-resolution digitized full page access to the Lansing State Journal from 1911-Present, with a small delay for the most recent issues. Select "Full Text" to see full page images. Resource also includes digitized full page access to some historical newspapers from Battle Creek and Port Huron. Once accessing the resource, select "Publications" at the top to view all publications and coverage periods available. 

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Family history resource including more than 6 billion historical records from the United States, Europe, Latin America, and other regions. Includes the full USA federal census (1790-1940); census of England and Wales (1841-1901); U.S. World War II Army Enlistment as well as records of Union and Confederate Civil War soldiers. Over 2 billion family trees.

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Searchable county histories and atlases published before 1923.


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