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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

Blast to the Past (All ages)

Tuesday Jun 25, 2019 1:00pm - 2:30pm Okemos Experience old-time technologies in this hands-on exhibit. Write with a quill pen, use a typewriter, make butter the old-fashioned way, and much more. Read More

Black History Mobile Museum (All ages)

Tuesday Jul 16, 2019 12:00pm - 6:00pm South Lansing This award-winning collection includes over 7,000 original artifacts of Black memorabilia, dating from the trans-Atlantic slave trade era to hip-hop culture. Khalid el-Hakim, the museum's founder and curator, will give a presentation at 2 p.m.
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Moon Party (All ages)

Tuesday Jul 16, 2019 4:30pm - 6:00pm Foster Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing with special activities and snacks.
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Family History Connections (Adults)

Wednesday Jul 17, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm Leslie Come in for monthly discussion of family history stories, research and genealogy resources.
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Gilmore Car Museum--Great Innovators in Automotive History (Age 8 & up)

Friday Jul 19, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm Downtown Lansing Join us each month for a PowerPoint presentation on automotive history topics, presented by the staff of the Gilmore Car Museum. Bring a lunch if you wish (no food available on site). Today's topic focuses on some of the visionaries in the history of the automobile, from Ransom Olds to Lee Iacocca.
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