Genealogy

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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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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.


Request a Lansing-Area Obituary

To request an obituary for the greater Lansing area, please read and complete this form, and mail it to Capital Area District Libraries with your payment. Staff will conduct a search and contact you with any results.


Other Resources

Cyndi’s List

A categorized and cross-referenced index to genealogical resources on the Internet.

Ellis Island On-line

Access to immigration records from Ellis Island New York.

Family Search

Access to the genealogical resources gathered by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Learn How to Get Started Using FamilySearch

Library of Michigan Genealogy Resources

Information about the Library of Michigan's extensive genealogy resources.

Michigan County Histories and Atlases

Searchable county histories and atlases published before 1923.

Rootsweb

A free genealogy community to help people research their family history.

Sanborn Map Collection

A searchable digital archive of pre 1900 Sanborn Fire Insurance maps brought to you by the Library of Congress.

USGenWeb

Genealogy websites in every county and every state of the United States.

Additional Genealogy Resources

These additional resources are recommended by CADL staff.

Events for History Buffs

Reminisce--Patriotism (Adults)

Tuesday Jun 21, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm Aurelius
Our group meets monthly for reminiscing, fellowships and refreshments. New members are always welcome! Today: Reminisce about all topics patriotic, including Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.
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*Virtual Michigan Tales--The SS Badger (Teens & Adults)

Tuesday Jun 21, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm
All Locations
This virtual series connects you with a variety of topics relating to Michigan--our culture, our food, our history and more. This month our topic is "The SS Badger: A National Historic Landmark?." Hear the history of the ferryboat that has delighted millions of passengers with trips across Lake Michigan since 1953. Presented by Shelby Soberalski of the SS Badger staff. *Registration required to receive a link to the virtual event; call 517-367-6312 or click on "Register." Read More

Connecting Communities through Story-An Oral History Workshop (All ages)

Saturday Jun 25, 2022 11:00am - 12:30pm Downtown Lansing In partnership with the Red Cedar Writing Project, this family-oriented workshop will present the basics of collecting oral histories: developing questions, interviewing and recording. Learn about other oral history collections as well, including CADL's local history collection.??  Read More

Reminisce--Library Collections (Adults)

Tuesday Jul 19, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm Aurelius
Our group meets monthly for reminiscing, fellowships and refreshments. New members are always welcome! Today: Come find out about all that the library now offers, including the Library of Things, digital books, brain games tablets, Life Kits, access to free databases like Ancestry.com and more! 
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*Virtual Michigan Tales--Michigan Ballot Initiatives (Teens & Adults)

Tuesday Jul 19, 2022 6:00pm - 7:00pm
All Locations
This virtual series connects you with a variety of topics relating to Michigan--our culture, our food, our history and more. This month our topic is "Michigan Ballot Initiatives." Many current initiatives focus on voting and the rights of voters. Learn about these, along with the initiatives process, from members of the Lansing League of Women Voters. *Registration required to receive a link to the virtual event; call 517-367-6312 or click on "Register."
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