Ingham County Genealogical Society


Sadly, our society lost a well-known and well-liked member recently.  Dave Hugh Held was a member from 2001 to the time of his passing and served 3 years as President and 2 years as Vice President.  Burial was at Glendale Cemetery in Okemos.   We will miss him. Rest In Peace, Dave.

The new "Ingham County Rural One-Room Schools" traveling display is making a stop at the Mason Area Historical Museum, 200 E. Oak Street, Mason, on Saturday, August 7, 2021 from 1 - 3pm.  Admission is free.  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.  Any photos brought with visitors may be scanned at the event which constitutes permission to use the photos.

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.  One particular item in the Rare Books Collection is Rev. Lysander E. Spafford's Marriage Journal.  Rev. Spafford was a Mason Baptist Minister from 1876-1880, but his Journal starts out in Otsego County New York and dates from 1851 - 1867.

MONTHLY MEETINGS CONTINUE:  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.  With events surrounding the pandemic, until further notice our future meetings will be held online. Click here for information on how to access the online meeting. We use ZOOM which allows access via computer, or your telephone.  Members will receive an email with the url link and meeting ID prior to each meeting, or contact any member of the Board.  
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.

July 9
Barbara J. Brown Family History Seminar
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this flagship annual event will be presented remotely via Zoom. The featured presenter is Judy G. Russell, JD, CG, CGL, ...
July 24
Capitol Area DNA Interest Group Quarterly Meeting
The Capitol Area DNA Interest Group will hold its Summer quarterly meeting on Saturday, July 24, 2021, 10am - 12 noon.  Unless the COVID restrictions ...
August 7
One-Room Schools Exhibit
Members of the Ingham County Historical Commission will be at the Museum during the event to answer questions and explain the exhibits.  Visitors may participate ...
August 12
Annual ICGS Picnic
The 2021 Annual ICGS Picnic will be held outdoors at the Delhi Township Veteran's Memorial Gardens picnic pavillion.  Members as well as family and friends ...
September 9
September Monthly Meeting: The 1918 Pandemic
Unless the COVID restrictions are lifted and an in-person meeting location can be reserved, the September meeting will once again be via ZOOM.  More details ...