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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 Dansville Herald (1888); 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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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.

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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.

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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.


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.


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

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Events for History Buffs

Family History Series - Genealogy 101: Getting Started (Adults)

Saturday Mar 9, 2024 10:30am - 11:30am Downtown Lansing In this beginner-level class, Genealogist Ginger Ogilvie will present genealogical best practices and step-by-step strategies for family history research. Learn more about valuable sources of information for better understanding your roots. Whether you are new to genealogy or looking to dive back in, this is the place to start! Read More

Family History Series - Genealogy Societies 101 Live Panel (Adults)

Saturday Mar 9, 2024 11:45am - 12:45pm Downtown Lansing Join us for a special live panel discussion to discover the multitude of ways our region's local genealogy societies can help your genealogical research, provide ongoing learning sessions, and give opportunities to get involved. Representatives from the Ingham County Genealogical Society (ICGS), Lansing Area African American Genealogical Society and Mid-Michigan Genealogical Society will be participating. Read More

*Family History Series - Native American, First Nations, Indian: Researching Indigenous Peoples (Adults)

Saturday Mar 16, 2024 10:30am - 11:30am
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Family legends often tell of an ancestor who was the daughter of a chief or some other Indian relationship. Find out the truth, myths, facts and information about how to determine if your family descends from Native or First Nations people with Genealogy expert Judy Muhn. This is a virtual event and registration is required; call 517-367-6350 or click "register" below. Registrants will be emailed a link to our meeting a few days before.  Read More

Michigan Tales - Michigan's Lighthouse Matriarch: Elizabeth Whitney Williams with Dianna Stampfler

Saturday Mar 16, 2024 11:00am - 12:00pm Williamston
Join us for an in-depth look at the illuminating life of Elizabeth (Whitney) VanRiper Williams - Michigan's most noted female lighthouse keeper.

Born in 1844 on Mackinac Island, Elizabeth led a colorful life in northern Michigan including time on St. Helena Island, Manistique, Traverse City and Beaver Island - during the years when self-proclaimed King James Jesse Strang reigned.

A teenage bride, she and her husband - Clement VanRiper - moved into the St. James Harbor Light at Whiskey Point (one of two lighthouses on Beaver Island) in 1869 and thus began her 44-year career as a tender of now historic beacons.

When Clement died in a shipwreck rescue attempt, Elizabeth was appointed head keeper of her beloved light. She later remarried (Daniel Williams) and ultimately relocated to the new Little Traverse Lighthouse at Harbor Point in Harbor Springs, retiring in 1913. She and Daniel lived another 26 years in nearby Charlevoix, both passing away in January 1938 (within 24 hours of each other).
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Michigan Tales - Ladies of the Lights (Michigan and Great Lakes Editions) with Dianna Stampfler

Saturday Mar 16, 2024 2:00pm - 3:00pm Stockbridge
They were women before their time, taking on the romantic, yet dangerous and physically demanding job of tending to the beacons that protected the shoreline. In all, some 40 women have been identified who excelled in this profession over the years - dating back as early as the 1840s and as recent as the present day. Nearly 70 images of keepers, their families and their lights make up this presentation. The program includes readings from newspapers and autobiographies, as well as handouts including the list of featured ladies and additional reading references for attendees.

Dianna Stampfler has been entertaining audiences about Michigan's historic lighthouses, agricultural heritage, unique treasurers, covered bridges and vintage postcards for 20 years - first as the marketing director for the West Michigan Tourist Association and now through Promote Michigan, the company she launched in 2004.

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