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Michigan Genealogist

Are you an avid genealogist who likes to keep up on current genealogy in Michigan? The friendly librarians at the Library of Michigan publish the Michigan Genealogist newsletter quarterly, and it's a wealth of information! The current issue features the upcoming Abrams Genealogy seminar, historic newspapers, and more!

Cherry Hill's Church On the Ridge Turns 175

Cherry Hill United Methodist Church shares its 175th birthday with the township this year. This congregation was home to some of Canton's first pioneers, who may have found their way here down the Sauk Trail, which is now Michigan Avenue. For more church history, read Time In Its Flight: The Community of Cherry Hill and the Church on the Ridge by Madelyn C. Bastian.
Photo courtesy of the Canton Historical Society.            

MeL Michigana

In addition to Ancestry Library Edition and HeritageQuest, the library has another database that historians and genealogists may find helpful with their research. Mel Michigana, which has over 50,000 digitized items including photos, books, atlases, scrapbooks and oral histories, is just waiting to be discovered.  This database was the result of the collaborated efforts

Social Networking and Genealogy

Are you interested in both technology and genealogy?  You can find a fresh approach to searching for your ancestors with social networking sites - it's free and fun.  Both Facebook and Twitter have genealogy groups that you can join or follow.  Or, by adding your family tree on Geni, you can invite other family members to join and link your trees!

The current state?????

Have you ever noticed the current state of the world and wondered...WHY?  Visit Daryl Cagle's Professional Cartoonist Index for a different view of today's events.

Tracing Your Roots With DNA

Are you interested in using scientific methods to finding your long, lost ancestors and have money to burn?  Consider DNA testing!  This relatively new genealogical method matches your DNA with a database of other people also searching for their roots.  Recently,  Alex Haley's nephew, Chris, traced the family back to Scotland using this method!  For more information read Tracing Your Roots

Desperately Seeking Michigan? You'll Have to Be Patient...

Did you unsuccessfully try to log onto the new Seeking Michigan web site yesterday?  If yes, you're not alone.

Irish Genealogy Resources

Griffith's Valuation, carried out between 1847 and 1864, was the first organized valuation of Ireland's property holdings. It's especially helpful to those researching their Irish ancestors because Irish census records prior to 1901 were lost in the destruction of the Irish Public Records Office in 1922.

African American Genealogy Resources

African American genealogy can be challenging for many people researching their family histories. African American Genealogy is a special collection designed to help researchers get a start.