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Comment by James P. LaLone on Saturday

The next meeting of Mid-Michigan Genealogical Society will be:

Wednesday October 28, 7:00 to 9:00

Program: “Pitfalls, Mistakes, and Strokes of Insight”,
Presenter:  Jessica Trotter This session offers resources, tips and pitfalls to avoid in researching your ancestors.  Over Jessica’s years of research she’s come across some fabulous resources, made a few colossal mistakes, and still made progress—if not always the way she intended.

Location: Plymouth Congregational Church,
2001 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing.
Free and open to the public.

Comment by James P. LaLone on August 23, 2015 at 7:11am
Comment by James P. LaLone on July 8, 2015 at 12:47pm

French-Canadian Descendants Reunion

             MONROE, Michigan.— Superintendent Scott J. Bentley announced today that River Raisin National Battlefield Park will be hosting the French-Canadian Descendants Reunion on Sunday, August 16, 2015, from noon until 4:00 pm.


             Guests are asked to bring a dish to pass, their genealogy, family trees, and any family traditions or recipes. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Sandy Vanisacker by email at


River Raisin National Battlefield Park preserves, commemorates, and interprets the January 1813 battles of the War of 1812 and their aftermath in Monroe and Wayne counties in Southeast Michigan.    The Battles of the River Raisin resulted in the greatest victory for Tecumseh’s Confederation and the greatest defeat for the United States during the War of 1812.    Although American forces were victorious in the first battle, the second ended in what was described as a “national calamity” by then General William Henry Harrison, and later President of the United States.  The battle cry, "Remember the Raisin!" inspired a massive U.S. victory at the Battle of the Thames, which sealed the War of 1812 in the western theater for the U.S., claimed the life of the great Shawnee leader Tecumseh, and resulted in the end the American Indian Confederation.  The Aftermath of the Battles resulted in the implementation of Indian removal from the Northwest Territory at the conclusion of the War of 1812, an aftermath that continues to influence the United States today.

Jami Keegan

Park Guide

River Raisin National Battlefield Park

1403 E. Elm Ave.

Monroe, MI  48162

(734) 243-7136

Comment by James P. LaLone on January 22, 2015 at 7:33am

I am interested in Chief Okemos and ran across an item saying his daughter was married to a LORANGER, I did work on their genealogy of those who settled in Williamston but cannot see any connection yet, can anyone add to this?

Info on the LORANGER family of Williamston, MI is here:

Comment by James P. LaLone on November 23, 2014 at 12:44pm

Historical fiction dealing with the Michigan area -

Comment by Kristi Burns on June 20, 2014 at 7:15am

I am so excited to find this group!!!  I am originally from Michigan, but recently living in North Carolina.  I am a descendent of the McPhersons from the Torch Lake, Antrim County area.  Most of the family lives in the Muskegon area, but I have found a few McPhersons in the Antrim area, too.


Comment by James P. LaLone on February 12, 2014 at 11:40am

Listing if internet sites for Michigan research -

Comment by James P. LaLone on September 30, 2013 at 11:06am
Comment by James P. LaLone on September 26, 2013 at 9:46am

Aubrey, welcome, you are related to me through the BOURASSA and MELOCHE families.  Have posted some of the BOURASSA family info here - (see attachment). I also maintain French-Canadian Descendants group here on GenealogyWise.

Comment by Aubrey Shreve on September 12, 2013 at 1:31pm

Just wanted to say hi. I am new to this site and I was born, raised, and currently reside in MI. There are parts of my family that were in MI from the early 1700's. I have officially become an ancestry/genealogy addict and just keep looking for more ways to dig deeper!


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