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P.O. Box 879
Marshall, MI 49068


Our 26th Year of Serving the Genealogical Community of Calhoun County


Generations is the outstanding newsletter published by the Calhoun County Genealogical Society. It is published six times per year, and is one of the membership benefits.

An every name index for newsletters published between 1988 and 1995 is available on line.  Plans are underway to update this index in the near future. Newly added to this website are images for nearly every issue published between 1988 and 2008.

We now have access to our yahoo email account


The Calhoun County Genealogical Society was established in 1988 with four specific goals in mind:

  • To gather and preserve information of genealogical value

  • To encourage the deposit of such information in suitable depositories

  • To aid genealogists in the study of family history through the exchange of knowledge

  • To publish and promote Calhoun county and other genealogical materials

CCGS Information: Contact Brenda Leyndyke

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


Membership information:

The membership year runs from September 1 through August 31st, but memberships are accepted at any time during the year. The cost is $18 per family when receiving Generations newsletter by postal mail.  Save money by choosing to receive Generations newsletter electronically via email in Adobe Acrobat .pdf format; membership is $15 per family.  Memberships received between May 30th and September 1st are valid through the following August 31st.

Benefits include:

  • Subscription to Generations the newsletter of the Calhoun County Genealogical Society, published bimonthly
  • 10% savings on Society publications
  • 10% savings on Society outings and events
  • Monthly free meetings (no meetings July, August, December)
  • Membership card (please specifically request this)
  • Networking with other genealogists

Click here for membership application


  Upcoming Meeting Schedule

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

Visitors and guests are welcome.

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

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


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