Genealogy

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

Remote access to this resource is temporarily allowed due to COVID-19 and public health concerns. You may access this resource from home with your library card. Library users are not able to set up a username and password; the service works the same as in-library.

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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

CADL CAST Black History Month Podcast: Color Adjustment Revisited (Adults & Teens)

Monday Feb 1, 2021 12:00am - 12:00am
All Locations
Thirty years ago, Marlon Riggs' documentary Color Adjustment scrutinized television's racial myths and stereotypes. Have things gotten better? Dr. Julian C. Chambliss from Michigan State University will answer that question in a special episode of the CADL CAST Podcast, with Lansing Township Supervisor Diontrae Hayes as our guest host. The episode premiers on Feb. 1 and will be available on demand throughout the month.  Read More

*Reminisce Group: Genealogy Research (Adults)

Tuesday Feb 9, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm
All Locations
Join CADL Librarian and genealogist Jeff Antaya as he shares the story of Ignatius Pytlewski, an infamous early 20th century serial burglar from the Copper Country of Calumet, Michigan. Jeff will share unique records he pieced together to rediscover his family's long-lost story and share some tips he learned along the way. *Registration is required; call 517-628-3743 or click on "Register." You will be emailed a link to our Microsoft Teams meeting. 
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CADL CAST Black History Month Podcast: Color Adjustment Revisited (Adults & Teens)

Friday Feb 12, 2021 12:00am - 12:00am
All Locations
Thirty years ago, Marlon Riggs' documentary Color Adjustment scrutinized television's racial myths and stereotypes. Have things gotten better? Dr. Julian C. Chambliss from Michigan State University will answer that question in a special episode of the CADL CAST Podcast, with Lansing Township Supervisor Diontrae Hayes as our guest host. The episode premiers on Feb. 1 and will be available on demand throughout the month.  Read More

CADL CAST Black History Month Podcast: Color Adjustment Revisited (Adults & Teens)

Saturday Feb 27, 2021 12:00am - 12:00am
All Locations
Thirty years ago, Marlon Riggs' documentary Color Adjustment scrutinized television's racial myths and stereotypes. Have things gotten better? Dr. Julian C. Chambliss from Michigan State University will answer that question in a special episode of the CADL CAST Podcast, with Lansing Township Supervisor Diontrae Hayes as our guest host. The episode premiers on Feb. 1 and will be available on demand throughout the month.  Read More
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