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Michigan Research Group

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Comment by James P. LaLone on May 15, 2015 at 10:57am

Next meeting of MMGS will be: Wednesday, May 27
7:00pm – 9:00pm

Topic:Family History: Sharing Your Research Online”
Presented by: Anne Rau, Public Services Librarian
Capital Area District Libraries – Downtown Library

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

Comment by James P. LaLone on May 15, 2015 at 10:56am

"Beginning French-Canadian Research in Quebec" by James P. LaLone, co-founder of the

French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan,

on June 13th, a Saturday at 1pm.

Ionia Co. Genealogical Society

Freight Station Museum, directly behind the

Lake Odessa Area Historical Society Depot Museum

1117 Emerson Street, Lake Odessa, MI.

Comment by James P. LaLone on March 28, 2015 at 3:52pm

Upcoming events:

Next Mid-Michigan Genealogical Society meeting, Wednesday, April 22

at 7:00pm – 9:00pm


“Ephemera: Genealogical Gems”, by James P. LaLone

Plymouth Congregational Church, 2001 E. Grand River Ave., Lansing

Free and open to the public.

Civil War functions in Lansing -

The Ingham County Genealogical Society will meet on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 7:00pm at the Sam Corey Senior Center 2108 Cedar St., Holt, MI, on Cedar street between Holt Road and Aurelius Road at the "Cross Walk" sign. The program will be a presentation on " History of the DART Family in Mason" by Connie Stewart and Diane Bishop. Followed by a short business meeting.

Comment by James P. LaLone on March 16, 2015 at 8:48am

Mark your calendars -

Comment by James P. LaLone on March 9, 2015 at 12:31pm

The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Memorial Hall and Museum in Eaton Rapids will be sponsoring a Free Civil War History Seminar on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at 7:00 PM at the GAR Memorial Hall & Museum located at 224 South Main Street in Eaton Rapids. The topic of the presentation will be “Beyond Hardtack and Coffee: Foodways of the Union Army.” The presenter will be Eric Perkins.

Mr. Perkins is a historian with the Michigan Historical Museum where he cares for artifact collections and develops exhibits. He is a regular presenter on military topics for the Museum’s Big History Lesson, an in-depth, hands-on program for grade school children. He also has presented on Civil War topics for the Smithsonian Associates. Mr. Perkins holds master’s degrees from Norwich University in military history and Michigan State University in anthropology.

Foodways are made up of the culture, society, and economics of how people produce, process, and eat food. As a distinct sub-culture, the Union Army during the Civil War had its own foodways, a composite of army regulations, logistics, and the personal practices and tastes of thousands of “soldier cooks.”

Moving beyond “hardtack and coffee,” the basic story of Union Army food, we will take a broader look at the diet, tastes, economics, transportation and food technology of Union soldiers. Army foodways were affected by social, economic, and technological developments in the North, as well as global military advances. The solutions created to feed the army, in turn, spurred leaps in civilian food technology, processing, and production. Come join us, as Eric Perkins brings Civil War history alive with his presentation on “Beyond Hardtack and Coffee: Foodways of the Union Army.” Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Additional information regarding the seminar may be obtained by going to the GAR Memorial Hall & Museum website located at

GAR Memorial Hall & Museum

(Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Michigan

James B. Brainerd Post 111 Memorial hall and Museum, Inc)

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Facebook: GARBrainerdPost111MemorialHallAndMuseum

Comment by James P. LaLone on March 9, 2015 at 12:30pm

Celebrate National Genealogy Month at the Capital Area District Library downtown! On Saturday, March 14, drop in to visit the Forest Parke Library and Archives (10 a.m.-4 p.m.), consult some Genealogy Gurus for advice and research help (1-4 p.m.), and attend a class on topics such as doing online research and finding resources at the Archives of Michigan.


10 a.m.: Genealogy Basics: Databases
11:30 a.m.: Free Online Genealogy Resources
1 p.m.: Genealogy Resources at CADL
2:15 p.m.: Researching at the Archives of Michigan
3:30 p.m.: How to Share Your Research

Find additional information at

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 -


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