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Comment by James P. LaLone on March 3, 2012 at 8:06am
Family History Center seminar in May -
Comment by James P. LaLone on February 11, 2012 at 9:22am

More info on Heritage Week in the Mackinac area-

For all of those wondering (& who need to plan ahead of time because of their employers), the Rendezvous at the Straits Pow Wow at Father Marquette Memorial Grounds St. Ignace, MI goes from Saturday August 25th through August 26th. The Rendezvous portion of the celebration starts at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday and will be followed by the Grand Entry at 1:00pm. The Powwow will go to about 8:00 p.m. into the evening. Sunday's schedule is about the same and the event will start winding down around 5:00 p.m. Open to the public & admission is $3.00/adult, $2.00/elders & students, and children 12 & under/free.

(The Rendezvous is being sponsored by the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians, the St. Ignace Chamber Of Commerce, and the Michilimackinac Historical Society. For more information contact Darryl Brown at (906)984-2083.)
Comment by James P. LaLone on January 29, 2012 at 8:42pm

From Mary Beth Powers:
"The Michilimackinac Historical Society  is sponsoring a project through their new St. Ignace Heritage Center. So far we have been donated the equipment to scan, print and archive photos, documents, etc., and to record and digital oral histories and that work is in beginning stages. I am proposing that we form a working committee to collect our rich area history archived and published for future generations. I have spoken with several individuals who are eager to help with the project, and it looks to me like there are many more who share this interest.  It would be great to have help and a community project, then we can have a "show and tell" in the Heritage Center room at Fort de Buade during St. Ignace Heritage Week in August."

Besides, the Heritage Week, the Derusha family will be having a family reunion and at the end of the week there will be a PowWow  Other families from the Mackinac area are encouraged to have family reunions. This is scheduled for Aug. 19-26. Will post more info as I get it. Jim.

Comment by James P. LaLone on April 21, 2011 at 8:49am

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 James P. LaLone on December 6, 2010 at 4:45pm
The Library of Michigan is making some funding-driven (or lack-of-funding-driven) changes starting in January 2011 that you should be aware of:

· The Library of Michigan will no longer participate in MeLCat starting January 3.

· Materials from LOM will no longer circulate – they will be available for in-library use only (except on a limited basis to state employees to conduct state business).

· LOM will no longer provide interlibrary loan services for public patrons.

· Beginning January 1, the LOM will be open Monday-Friday only (closed Saturday and Sunday).

From: Tom Koselka
Sent: Dec 4, 2010 7:37 AM
Subject: MGC - Library of Michigan update

Dear genealogists,
You may have heard of an anonymous 27-page document circulating in government circles that gives suggestions on how to cut almost $3 billion from the State of Michigan budget for the Fiscal 2011-2012 year. Among the possibilities floated in this document are:
· Eliminate funding for the Library of Michigan. This would eliminate all staff and make collections inaccessible to the public.
· Eliminate State Aid to Michigan Libraries. This would result in the loss of $5.6 million in federal matching funds, which are used to support the Michigan eLibrary (MeL) and the Michigan eLibrary Catalog (MeLCat).
· Privatize Higher Education facilities.
· Shift much of the State funding for Community Colleges to K-12 School Aid funds.
· Eliminate Veterans Service Organization funding, to name just a few.
With the Governor-elect Snyder’s transition staff calling the Michigan Library and Historical Center their home base for the transition period before he takes office, it is an opportunity for us to make a positive impact by using the collections available to us as genealogists and historical researches.
Over the past decade, the Library of Michigan was absorbed by the Michigan Department of Education and its appropriation cut by 2/3 or nearly $24.0 million, leaving a total appropriation of $11.0 million in fiscal 2009-10.
Earlier this year, the Michigan Center for Reinvention and Innovation reaffirmed the Michigan Library and Historical Center as the “people’s building” one of very few government buildings that are completely open to the public. Their final report also urged the historical and genealogical collections remain in the building and to be accessible to researchers.
The Michigan Library and Historical Center is a popular destination for Lansing visitors. Next to the Capitol and Michigan State University, it is the third most popular destination in the Greater Lansing Area. We are on the eve of the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War beginning next year, and the Bi-centennial of the War of 1812 the following year, the demand for these state and national treasures from the Archives and Library will increase.
Over the next several weeks, please try to make an extra visit to the Library of Michigan and the Archives of Michigan to show by example how important it is to keep these collections available to the public. Please urge the members of your society to do the same. These collections and records are not limited to genealogists, but are used by historical researchers of all types. Write a letter to the new administration and let them know how important these collections are to the citizens of our great State.
Best wishes,
Michigan Genealogical Council
Comment by James P. LaLone on November 15, 2010 at 9:06am
For our Civil War buffs, Chris Czopek's book on the identification of the Native American soldiers who were in Michigan's Co. K, is now available:
Comment by James P. LaLone on May 3, 2010 at 8:31am
Who Do You Think YOU Are?
The Mid-Michigan Genealogical Society is planning a mentoring workshop for genealogy beginners. (In Lansing, MI - free!!)
If you are interested please contact Judy at
or Jim at
Date(s), time & place to be announced.
Comment by James P. LaLone on April 7, 2010 at 7:58am
From Judi Dow (Jon Harrison e-mail) on the latest order of the Gov. of Michigan:


Governor Jennifer Granholm * vetoed language Friday that was passed by the Legislature requiring that the Library of Michigan to maintain custody of the non-Michigan genealogy and federal document collections.

Ms. Granholm vetoed the sections in HB 5394 * (PA 47) addressing the library, which has been a point of controversy between the governor and the Legislature since Ms. Granholm abolished the Department of History, Arts and Libraries last year.

"I want to preserve the Library of Michigan's flexibility in exploring suitable candidates to assume the custodial responsibilities of these collections," Ms. Granholm said in her veto message.

* Source: Gongwer News Servic
Comment by James P. LaLone on March 25, 2010 at 4:39pm
LIBRARY OF MI - Senate Bill passed.

A bill was passed in the MI Senate which has some good news, see:
Bill number type in <1154> and hit search.

Page comes up with several choices - pick

"As Passed by the Senate" (text or PDF),

On page p.22 on PDF you will see -

The collection presently housed by the LOM to be kept intact, but may not necessarily be available to the public.

Write your representative and tell them that you would like them to support the bill (SB1154). Hopefully the collection will be remain available to the public, but more importantly the collection will be kept intact and that when the economy improves it will be available to the public.
Comment by James P. LaLone on March 14, 2010 at 7:42am

Library of Michigan genealogy collection in peril. Please attend the MCIR meeting Monday, Mar. 15th , from 9am to noon in the forum of the Library of Michigan. We Need Bodies. If you desire you can make a 3 minute comment or leave a written statement (both optional). But we need people to fill the forum.

For more info on the MCIR see:,1607,7-153-39002_55463---,00.html If you cannot attend please contact them via their staff: Sandra Clark, 517-335-2712, , Michelle Davis, 517-373-6362,

PLEASE notify everyone on this issue. A strong showing on this will be helpful. Thank you.

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