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Welcome.  I hope you find this site a valuable tool in your research.

Please Note: My role is to maintain this website. I usually cannot provide information about specific individuals or families you may be researching. You should carefully read the CALHOUN COUNTY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY, RESOURCES and VITAL & OTHER RECORDS pages (on the left hand border).  Check back often because I will be adding a great deal of new data.  Sandy Redmond, Webmaster






BROKEN LINKS?  Please let me know if you discover a broken link on this site.  BE SURE to include the exact URL (web address) of the page where you discovered the broken link.  Thanks!  Robin



All programs with an * are held at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS Church), 16036 Old 27 North, Marshall, MI.  Meetings start at 7:00 pm, the fourth Tuesday of the month, except for December, July, and August.  All meetings are free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Brenda Leyndyke at  MichiganCalhounGene@yahoo.com or at 269 275-0462.

*November 25-7:00 pm. Battle Creek Regional History Museum.  Our area is rich in history and will soon have a place to exhibit it.  Join Bob Holderbaum as he shares the vision for this Calhoun county area attraction and what collections will be a part of it.  Join us to hear the breaking news about this local history resource.

December– No Meeting

*January 27-7:00 pm. Annual Show and Tell.  Bring your latest success story, research find, family recipe, genealogy tip, tech gadget, newest resource, etc. and share with the group.  This is a great opportunity to learn from others in a laid back and relaxing atmosphere

*February 24-7:00 pm.  I’ll See You Again, Lady Liberty.  Author Ernst Floeter of Grand Ledge, Michigan will be our guest speaker.  Ernst will share his accounts of his boyhood in Nazi Germany and his time as a World War II German P.O.W.  Ernst was a Prisoner of War held in Michigan, Illinois, and New Mexico.  After the war ended, Ernst sailed from New York Harbor for Germany, but not before informing the Statue of Liberty that he would see her again.  “I’ll See You Again, Lady Liberty” is the title of Ernst Floeter’s autobiography.

*March 24- 7 pm. Social Media for Genealogy. Chicago based social media specialist, Kirsten Agnello-Dean will help you discover new ways to improve your genealogy research by using social media.  Did you know that there are over 3000 Facebook Groups dealing with Genealogy and Family History?  Learn about Facebook Groups, Twitter, Pinterest and more as it relates to your family research.

*April 28-7 pm. Researching Michigan Ancestors Online- Kris Rzepczynski, Senior Archivist at Archives of Michigan, will share Michigan online genealogy resources as well as effective search strategies for Michigan research.  Kris is one of our most requested speakers.  He will share his vast knowledge of our home state and how to research in it.

*May 26-7 pm. Genealogy at Bentley Historical Library-Karen Jania, Head of Access and References Services at the University of Michigan’s Bentley Historical Library will be our guest speaker.  Karen will share with the group the rich genealogy resources available at the Bentley and how to access them.

June 23-Computer Genealogy with Shirley Hodges-Location to be announced. The number one most requested speaker this year was Shirley Hodges.   Shirley, an Albion resident, is a local and regionally known speaker having spoken at numerous lectures, seminars and workshops.   Her presentations are filled with information, examples, and humor.  Shirley’s presentation will show attendees how to use the computer in their genealogical life

July-No Meeting

For more information, please contact our president, Brenda Leyndyke at MichiganCalhounGene@yahoo.com.

Please note:  The Calhoun County Genealogical Society doesn't have a staff to answer inquiries, but we would like to help you, if possible.  If you have research questions or need more information about genealogical research in Calhoun County, please send your request via email to MichiganCalhounGene@yahoo.com.  Please allow two weeks for a response

Inclement Weather Policy-If Marshall Public Schools are closed the day of the CCGS meeting, the CCGS meeting will be cancelled.


What's new on the Website?

  • Genealogical records of Billie Warson Dornbusch. The Calhoun County Genealogical Society was the recipient of many volumes of research records compiled by Mrs. Dornbusch, who passed away in May of 2012. These records include death records, marriage certificates, immigration and naturalization records and more.

  • Death Records of the County County Poorhouse, 1850-1870, are now available on-line.

  • A roster of members of Colgrove G.A.R. Post #166 has been added to the site. The list also includes other soldiers from Calhoun County who weren't necessarily subsequently members of the G.A.R.

  • Several more issues of Generations, the newsletter of the Calhoun County Genealogical Society, have been uploaded. Use either of the search engines below, Freefind or Atomz, to do a search for your surname of interest.

  • Complete refresh of the DiBean marriage database for Calhoun County. Data is now available in Adobe .pdf documents for easier viewing and printing if desired.

  • Did you know? Transcriptions and photographs of many Calhoun County cemeteries are available on line. See the cemetery page on this site for links.

  • Did you know? A link to the Library of Michigan 1870 Census can be found on the "Vital and Other Records" page

  • Did you know? Willard Library card holders can research the census records on Heritage Quest from their own home! Follow the link from the Willard web site


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