Ingham County Genealogical Society


COVID kept us from celebrating our 25th Anniversary last fall.  However, plans are underway for a belated celebration - a May 2022 Anniversary Celebration.  Stay tuned for more information.  If you would like to work on the committee, contact Alice Raatz.
JUST ADDED:A new video has been added to our videos collection - How Gravestones are Deep Cleaned . The presenter, Alicia Williams, is a volunteer cemetery conservator whose gravestone cleaning videos have gone viral!

The new "Ingham County Rural One-Room Schools" traveling exhibit will be stopping at the following locations during the noted times.  
  • Saturday, October 23, 2021, 1-3 pm, Gunn School on the northwest corner of Holt and Washington Roads.
Other locations include the Williamston Depot Museum and downtown CADL building.  Dates and times are yet to be confirmed.  If you know of an organization that would like to host the exhibit in other areas of the county, contact Jacob McCormick, Chair of the Ingham County Historical Commission or Audrey Martini, Recording Secretary of the Commission.
The temporary exhibit is provided by the Ingham County Historical Commission, whose members have spent a great deal of time researching the schools and gathering historic photographs to share with the public.  Most of the one-room schools in Ingham County are no longer in existence, but through the efforts of the Commission, these schools will not be forgotten. 
The ultimate goal of the Ingham County Historical Commission's research and its traveling display is to place a more permanent display featuring one-room schools at the Ingham County Courthouse.  Members of the Commission also hope to write a book on the 138 schoolhouses identified to date. 
If you have a photograph, document or story about an Ingham County one room school that you are willing to share, please contact either Jacob McCormick or Audrey Martini

Until a permanent home can be found for our 20 year collection of Ingham County focused genealogical resources, the collection will be housed in a temporary trailer located at 2222 Catholic Church Road, Stockbridge (Bunkerhill Township).  Research will be by appointment only.  Contact the ICGS librarian for additional information or to make an appointment.
To complement the physical resources, volunteers have been adding an array of indexes as well as additonal records to the various databases available on this website.  Two major efforts are currently underway.  The first is to get the information from the 17,000 file cards that are an index to our miscellaneous/non-book records currently found in our ancestry charts, family file, subject and/or photograph, etc. files. The second is to glean obituary and death record information from the many scrapbooks in our collection and add the information to the Area Deaths database.  If you would like to help with either of these efforts, please contact the ICGS librarian.

Tim Gleisner from the Library of Michigan gave an update at the May Michigan Genealogical Council's meeting that included new databases that Michigan library card holders can access from home.  If you do not have a library of Michigan library card, you can get one for free at the Library of Michigan website.  The new databases are 1873-1997 Detroit News and a Genealogy Bank product.  Heritage Hub which is a collection of obituaries from genealogy Bank.  Currently, some people are getting a message that says you must be a state employee to access the records.  the library is aware of this and working on fixing it.

Another Ingham County area resource for genealogists researching Mason or the rural townships surrounding Mason is the Mason Area Historical Museum.  Volunteers are currently cataloging the Museum's research holdings.  A new exhibit showcases families that were pioneers to the area and who still have family living in the area.  Two families are currently being featured.  The Crowl-Schalow and the Wood families.  The exhibits explain when the families first settled in the colonies and where their ancestors lived before arriving in Michigan and when they came into the Mason area.

MONTHLY MEETINGS:  All are welcome to attend our monthly meetings held the second Thursday of the month (except January, June, and July) from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Meetings are held at the Sam Corey Senior Center, 2108 Cedar Street, Holt.
MEMBER ACCESS:  Members must login to access their membership profile, contribute to the Surname list, access archived information and search our members-only information.  Forget your password?  Contact our Membership Secretary.
NON-MEMBER ACCESS: Non-members also benefit from the ICGS public databases, Index Files, and the Library card catalog.  Become a member today to access even more files - for as low as $15.

October 30
DNA Interest Group Quarterly Meeting
All are welcome regardless of level of expertise.
November 11
November Monthly Meeting: Kahres Dairy
Join us as Jacob McCormick,President of the Holt-Delhi Historical Society talks about the Kahres Dairy Farm Collection and the work the Holt-Delhi Historical Society has done to help ...
December 9
Annual Holiday Potluck
Potluck arrive at 6pm, seat at 6:30.  Bring your own table setting and a dish to pass.