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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.

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.

Additional Genealogy Resources

These additional resources are recommended by CADL staff.

Events for History Buffs

Black History Month Event--Redlining-496 & Lansing's African American Community (All ages)

Saturday Feb 1, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm Downtown Lansing MSU Professor John Aerni-Flessner will tell stories of homeowners affected by "urban renewal" and the process of redlining in Lansing, focusing on construction of Interstate 496 from 1963-1970.  Read More

Black History Month Event--Storyteller Miz Rosie (All ages)

Sunday Feb 9, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm Downtown Lansing History comes to life when storyteller Rosie Chapman performs as Sojourner Truth, the African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist best known for her inspiring "Ain't I Woman" speech.  Read More

Reminisce Group (Adults)

Tuesday Feb 11, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm Aurelius Our group meets monthly for reminiscing, fellowship and refreshments. Today: The Pere Marquette River (Video Presentation)
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Family History Connections (Adults)

Wednesday Feb 19, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm Leslie Come in for monthly discussion of family history stories, research and genealogy resources.
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Meet Author Joe Grimm--The Faygo Book (Age 15 & up)

Friday Feb 21, 2020 6:00pm - 7:00pm Stockbridge The Faygo Book presents the history of the immigrant-founded Faygo Company and the soda that every Michiganian and Detroiter loves. Author and MSU journalism professor Joe Grimm will share the story as well as delicious samples. Books will be available for sale and signing. (Snow date: Feb. 28) Read More
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