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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.

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

Family History Connections (Adults)

Wednesday Feb 20, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm Leslie Come in for monthly discussion of family history stories, research and genealogy resources. This month: AncestryLibrary Tips & Tricks

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Family History Open House (All ages)

Saturday Mar 9, 2019 10:30am - 5:00pm South Lansing Celebrate National Genealogy Day! Attend a class, join a discussion or use our service. Classes will feature topics such as finding female ancestors, archives of Michigan at Library of Michigan, and DNA research. 
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Reminisce Group--The Green Book (Adults)

Tuesday Mar 12, 2019 2:00pm - 3:00pm Aurelius Our group meets monthly for reminiscing, fellowship and refreshments. Today: Gilmore Care Museum presents "The Green Book," true stories about the guide that helped black Americans travel safely during the height of segregation.
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The Green Book-Driving Through the Jim Crow Era (All ages)

Tuesday Mar 12, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm Downtown Lansing The Gilmore Car Museum presents the true story behind the Green Book, a guide that helped black travelers find safe and welcoming accommodations, resorts, restaurants and gas stations during the height of segregation.  Read More

Hispanic Outlaws in the Old West (Adults)

Wednesday Mar 13, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm Stockbridge Get an overview of 19th century Hispanic outlaws and what motivated them to break the law. Presented by Carlos Villegas-Castaneda, an instructor of Spanish language, literature and culture at Adrian College.  Read More
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