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Comment by James P. LaLone on June 3, 2011 at 3:26pm

From Eastman's Online newsletter -

Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, Cemetery Records are available Online:



Comment by James P. LaLone on May 12, 2011 at 4:23pm

Subject: For non profit organizations -Charitable Deductions Are At Risk of Being Eliminated


Charitable Deductions Are At Risk of Being Eliminated
President Obama recently announced his intention to create a new work-group composed of leaders from both parties to reach a final agreement on a plan to reduce the deficit. Among the items that the President specifically addressed in his four-part proposal to reduce the deficit was spending on itemized deductions -- “from home ownership to charitable giving.” Please contact your members of Congress and ask them to protect the charitable deduction as a fair and important incentive for charitable giving. Let them know that your organization depends on the charitable gifts that this tax incentive generates. Please click here for more information on what you can do to help preserve the charitable deduction.


Nancy Finegood

Executive Director

Michigan Historic Preservation Network

107 East Grand River

Lansing, MI 48906

Comment by Leeann Boone on May 9, 2011 at 10:32am

My BOONE family settled in Norway,Dickinson County,MI in the late 1890's. If anyone has Boone or TREVES in that area please let me know as I might have info to exchange.

Comment by James P. LaLone on May 9, 2011 at 10:18am
Index of Lansing magazine:

The Jul 2011 issue of FAMILY TREE MAGAZINE has articles on state censuses, 40 best genealogy blogs, Croatian research, researching in Detroit and Civil War muster cards to name a few.

Comment by James P. LaLone on May 3, 2011 at 9:26am

Good opportunity to find genealogy and history books that may relate to your research.


The May/June 2011 issue of FAMILY CHRONICLE mainly relates to Civil Research, but also has an article on using wills and probate records.

Comment by James P. LaLone on May 3, 2011 at 9:25am

Those who missed the April meeting of the Mid-Michigan Genealogical Society, we have the slide presentation here: From presenter, Dirk Schweitzer:   It will take at least 30 seconds to download to a temporary file.  You must have Acrobat Reader to open and read this file.  If you don’t have it, get a free copy at: 


The May meeting will have a panel of members who have taken the DNA test and what information it has provided them.


An interesting article in the May issue of DISCOVER indicated that we have 3% Neanderthal and up to 5% Denisovan that make up our genetic pool.


I have also started to read MEETING THE FAMILY. ONE MAN'S JOURNEY THROUGH HIS HUMAN ANCESTRY, by Donovan Webster. Mr. Webster took the DNA test through the National Geographic project.  So far it is proving interesting reading.

Comment by James P. LaLone on May 1, 2011 at 10:35am
Comment by James P. LaLone on April 27, 2011 at 10:59am
The following is from the State Historic Preservation Office.
As most of you know, the Michigan Historical Museum’s latest exhibit, Plowshares Into Swords,  opened on April 12.  The opening was timed to coincide with the 150th Anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War.Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2011 13:43:01 -0400
Subject: Support the Michigan Historical Museum
The Michigan Historical Museum is one of three choices for the first week of PICK A PLACE FOR PINSONNAULT, a feature starting Monday on and WLNS TV-6 in Lansing. Evan Pinsonnault, morning anchor, will feature three local places that viewers want to see him visit and feature on his show.  People will vote online for their favorite place on the WLNS website M-F, with the top vote-getter being announced online and on-air Monday, May 4th.  Evan will then visit that place and shoot a story that will be featured exclusively on 6 News This Morning on Tuesday the 5th.
Please spread the word on Facebook, etc. and be sure to cast your vote to support a our state museum -- one that has great exhibits on Michigan history, fantastic programs, and is visited by more than 70,000 school children each year!
Vote Here →
Laura Rose Ashlee, Communications Coordinator
State Historic Preservation Office
Michigan State Housing Development Authority
Michigan Library and Historical Center
702 W. Kalamazoo St., Box 30740
Lansing, MI  48909-8240
Comment by James P. LaLone on April 24, 2011 at 7:20am

Happy Easter.


Civil War History in Michigan:


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



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