Ingham County Genealogical Society


COVID kept us from celebrating our 25th Anniversary last fall.  However, plans are underway for a belated celebration - a May 2022 Anniversary Celebration.  Stay tuned for more information.  If you would like to work on the committee, contact Alice Raatz.

Seasons Greetings

Ingham County Historical Commission Request

Commission members have been able to identify all but four of the photographs taken by Rev. Charles Brooks in his travels under Rural Bible Missions, Inc. as he visited various Ingham County schools circa 1945.  The four remaining unidentified schools are pictured below.
If you know or even think you might know which schools any of these four might have been, please contact either Audrey Martini or Jacob McCormick.

Name Index Database Unveiled

The Wednesday before Thanksgiving 2020 our webmaster was told the ICGS requested custom  name index add-on module was ready to go live and would be active right after Thanksgiving.  Not only did that not happen but a month later we were getting messages that ENS, our webpage provider, would “cease operations” effective June 30, 2021. 
In February 2021 ENS was acquired by Blue Crab Software and the Executive Board members opted to stay with the new company, rather than creating a new webpage.  For the past year President Martini has been working with Blue Crab to finish what ENS had started.  Two weeks ago the Name Index module was installed and after a couple of weeks of testing, looks to be running as intended.   Check it out
The database is intended to replace the 17,000 3 x 5 index cards that were in our resource room at the Mason Library.  It also puts us one step closer to making our holdings accessible online, and continues the work of Steve DePeel who years ago keyed all those names into a digital spreadsheet file. This database will be the index for information from newspaper clippings other than local area death notices (marriage, anniversary, birth, etc.) will be found. It will be the  index to our  photograph collection, pedigree/ancestral chart names, and surname and subject file clippings found in the file cabinets.
Anyone who visits our webpage can see the last name, given name, and type of entry.  However, in order to see the full entry the website visitor must be a member AND have signed in under Member Login. Only members can see all the information available.
The next task is to transfer the information from the spreadsheet format into the new database.  This is going to take a while since 17,000 names are not a drop in the bucket.  New information will be added directly to this index database as it comes in. Volunteers will be needed to help make all this
happen.  If you would like to help, contact President Martini at

Edward E. Parker Award Presented to Two

Sam Pardee,a past president, the Society's Resident Agent and our Michigan Genealogical Council Delegate for many years, has been selected to receive the Edward E. Parker Distinguished Ingham County Genealogical Society Member Award. Unfortunately, due to health issues, Sam was unable to attend the ceremony and Alice accepted his award on his behalf.
Jean Crawford served as Treasurer, Trustee and Membership Secretary as well as Chair of the Society's Fund Raising Committee.  She readily and often volunteered to assist in a variety of capacities for the many activities and functions held by the Society over the years.  
The award recognizes distinguished contributions and demonstrated ongoing commitment over a significant period of time in the field of genealogy in Ingham County.  Awards will be presented at the Society's December Holiday Potluck, December 9, 2021.

Until a permanent home can be found for our 20 year collection of Ingham County focused genealogical resources, the collection will be housed in a temporary trailer located at 2222 Catholic Church Road, Stockbridge (Bunkerhill Township).  Research will be by appointment only.  Contact the ICGS librarian for additional information or to make an appointment.
To complement the physical resources, volunteers have been adding an array of indexes as well as additonal records to the various databases available on this website.  Two major efforts are currently underway.  The first is to get the information from the 17,000 file cards that are an index to our miscellaneous/non-book records currently found in our ancestry charts, family file, subject and/or photograph, etc. files. The second is to glean obituary and death record information from the many scrapbooks in our collection and add the information to the Area Deaths database.  If you would like to help with either of these efforts, please contact the ICGS librarian.

Another Ingham County area resource for genealogists researching Mason or the rural townships surrounding Mason is the Mason Area Historical Museum.  Volunteers are currently cataloging the Museum's research holdings.  A new exhibit showcases families that were pioneers to the area and who still have family living in the area.  Two families are currently being featured.  The Crowl-Schalow and the Wood families.  The exhibits explain when the families first settled in the colonies and where their ancestors lived before arriving in Michigan and when they came into the Mason area.

MONTHLY MEETINGS:  All are welcome to attend our monthly meetings held the second Thursday of the month (except January, June, and July) from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  Meetings are held at the Sam Corey Senior Center, 2108 Cedar Street, Holt.
MEMBER ACCESS:  Members must login to access their membership profile, contribute to the Surname list, access archived information and search our members-only information.  Forget your password?  Contact our Membership Secretary.
NON-MEMBER ACCESS: Non-members also benefit from the ICGS public databases, Index Files, and the Library card catalog.  Become a member today to access even more files - for as low as $15.

January 29
DNA Interest Group Meeting (Virtual)
Although we had hoped to have at least a hybrid meeting, because of the spike in COVID cases the January meeting will be only virtual.  ...
February 10
February Monthly Meeting:
Presenter will be Gary Wilkes.
March 10
March Monthly Meeting: Genetics
Janice Johnston will be the presenter.