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Comment by James P. LaLone on April 21, 2011 at 8:50am

From the Michigan Genealogical Council:


From: Tom Koselka
Sent: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 7:24 AM
Subject: MGC - Fw. URL changes from the Library of Michigan

Good morning,


If your society webpage currently has links to the Michigan Cemetery Sources Website and/or MeL, please read the following two URL change bulletins from the Library of Michigan and share them with your webmaster.


Thank you
Tom Koselka, Corresponding Secretary
Michigan Genealogical Council



Sent: Tue 4/19/2011 2:45 PM

Subject: Michigan Cemetery Sources Database URL Change


The Michigan Cemetery Sources Website has been moved to a new location as of 04-11-2011.  Please update your bookmarks to reflect the new location of this resource.  The new address link is .


The old page will be removed on 05-11-2011.  At that time, this old page will return a "Page Not Found" status.



For those unfamiliar with the Michigan Cemetery Sources Database, it began as a printed bibliography of cemetery readings available at the Library of Michigan.  As publishing an update of the book became impossibly expensive, the bibliography was converted into an online database, which is free for anyone anywhere. 


Users can still find a list of cemetery listings (burial lists) available at the Library of Michigan as well as links to cemetery lists online.  We add links as time allows.  Researchers can search for cemetery lists by county, township, location, and cemetery name.  


Because researchers often ask, I will point out that the Michigan Cemetery Sources Database does NOT include a name index.  No universal or statewide name index (at least for Michigan) exists at this time.



Kendel Joy Darragh

Reference Librarian

Library of Michigan



Sent: Tue 4/19/2011 2:15 PM

Subject: Updated links for




You may have caught the Michlib-l message a couple of weeks back that MeL has upgraded its content management system. Unfortunately, it caused all of the links at aside from MeLCat-related links to break. Please take a few moments to look through your sites for broken MeL links. Below are a list of our marketing URLs which may come in handy when updating your site. If the links you need don’t appear on this list the best way to get the correct URL is to go to and navigate to the page you need.



Sonya Schryer Norris


Web site administrator

Library of Michigan


Comment by Barbara Rogelstad on April 1, 2011 at 8:34am
I've written to the Macomb & St. Clair County Clerks to hopefully find information on a marriage between John Parrott & Alice Carragher (Ravenswood, Ontario) abt. April 1915. If anyone has any leads to John Parrott, ship's carpenter, please let me know. With thanks.
Comment by Norman Dagen on March 31, 2011 at 11:43am

Greetings -  Anyone who might have a family connection please get in touch.

 I have spent a great deal of time, attempting to locate one individual, who happens to be my 3x great grandmother.  Rose E Gee was born in Essex County, Ontario, Canada  around 1832 and arrived in the US about 1844.  She married Archibald A Ruby, in Wayne County, MI in 1859. All is fine and good until 1902.  She is mentioned in her brother, Victor's obituary being

in Solcum, Muskegon, Michigan.  Then in 1905, Archie died in Casnovia, Michigan and Rose disappears.   In fact, several people are trying to find out anything about what happened to Rose.

Her name usually appears on Census records, etc, as Rose but sometimes on other records as Rosella, Rosy or Rosie.   

   If anyone feels confident that they might be able to figure this one out,  please feel free. I have a bit of experience but so far have come up empty handed.   I suspect is that she may passed away shortly after Archie, considering she would have been 73 ish then.  I have searched through extending family, siblings, parents and relatives.  I can account for far too many of the Gee family, which the exception of Rose.  I have searched Muskegon Chronicle and

Grand Rapids Press archives diligently and the last mention was 1902 in Victor Gee's obituary.  I do have husband Archie's death certificate, not a word about Rose, other than "married."  Thanks.

Comment by James P. LaLone on March 25, 2011 at 8:50am
The Spring 2011 issue of AMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGY has an article “The Story of Ft. St. Joseph” by Michael Bawaya, p.38. The 17th C. French Fort located in Niles, MI. They have a Facebook page:
Comment by James P. LaLone on March 18, 2011 at 12:46pm

The Western Michigan Genealogy Society is sponsoring a bus trip to Ft. Wayne, IN and will be stoping in Lansing if there are enough people interested in going. pApril11.pdf

Comment by Theresa Weller on February 14, 2011 at 2:32pm
Hello all - I am looking for information on the family of Daniel Moore born ca. 1800. Not sure where, but probably Michigan, probably Mackinac, married M-Louise Charbonneau at Mackinac Island around 1848.   One child was born to this couple- James ca. 1849 (She was previously married to Joseph Lepine and several children with him).  The 1850 census listed Daniel as black, Louise was native.  Does anyone have info on the Moore family?  I am not sure if James had any children.  Thanks!
Comment by James P. LaLone on February 5, 2011 at 2:51pm
The Feb/Mar 2011 issue of INTERNET GENEALOGY has articles on Civil War genealogical resources by state, websites for Great Lakes marine research, Scottish clans, using Google books & scanner reviews to name a few.
Comment by Family Griot on January 26, 2011 at 2:05pm

I was sent this CW soldier pension file in error by the National Archives. I thought that it may help someone who is resaerching in the state of Michigan. It is a pension file for Michael Wolvin of Co. F 22nd Michigan Volunteers. He and his family are from Macomb County, Michigan.  This is a pdf file. Happy ancestor hunting! 


Comment by James P. LaLone on January 24, 2011 at 4:46pm
I have posted my LALONE genealogy on the LALONDE FAMILY group in the discussion section (SAMUEL LALONDE) here on GW. They settled in Arenac Co., any additions or corrections appreciated, thanks, Jim.
Comment by James P. LaLone on January 20, 2011 at 12:58pm

From the Michigan Genealogical Council, it should be noted that there is a support group here on Genealogy Wise:


From: Roger Moffat

Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 11:15 PM


Subject: New MGC Project with FamilySearch Indexing - Michigan Marriages


MGC Delegates:

The Michigan Genealogical Council is happy to announce that it is partnering with FamilySearch on a new indexing project involving Michigan Marriages. Details on this project can be seen here

or if the above link doesn't work

The project launched this Tuesday, January 18, 2011 with records from seven Michigan counties available at FamilySearch Indexing. The overall project will consist of four parts and includes over 240 reels of film. When completed, both the indexes and images will be available on for free.

The project is open to everyone and we encourage everybody with an interest in Michigan genealogy to volunteer in the indexing. The indexing process is easy to set up and very convenient. It can be done at your home and anytime day or night and for as little or as much time as you wish. The FamilySearch site provides plenty of training materials, resources, and other avenues of help.

An Indexer may also contact the administrators of the project for any type of assistance. Roger Moffat, MGC Project Chairman, and Byron Bailey, MGC Farmington delegate will be the Administrators for the project. You may contact the administrators by sending eMail to:

An MGC webpage - - will be available soon to provide updates, tips and other information about the project as we progress.

We have set up a group within FamilySearch Indexing called Michigan Genealogical Council. We invite anyone wishing to participate in this project to join this group. You can get started by going to and registering to index. If you are already an existing FamilySearch Indexer, the

US, Michigan - County Marriages 1820-1956 [Part A]

project shows in the list of available Batches in your Indexing software.

We will need the support from all of our societies. Please inform your local Societies and their members about this project and help us to recruit Indexers. You may also recommend some Arbitrators, but note - Arbitrators should be experienced FamilySearch Indexing Indexers.

Thank you.

Roger Moffat

Projects Chairman

Michigan Genealogical Council



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