History of the Lansing Area
African American Genealogical
Society
LAAAGS was established by a group of mutual
friends that included Wilbur Howard, Brenda
Henderson, Carrie Baptiste Jackson, Jan Smith
Lewis and Mary Agnes Lipscomb.  These
individuals had begun extensive genealogical
search of their respective family histories and had
informally begun extensive genealogical search of
their respective family histories and had informally
begaun to consult with each other as they began
to hit those proverbial 'brick walls' and shared in
each others joy when one made a new discovery.

As they began to share their stories, they soon
found others with genealogical interest, varying
levels of skill and knowledge, and overwhelmingly,
a desire to search.

In 2001 the group formed a steering committee,
chaired by Mr. Howard.  This group sought to
reach out to other interested individuals and to
explore the establishment of a formal
organization.  To that end, the first formal
organizational meeting was held at the State of
Michigan Library in December 2001.  
Approximately 17 interested individuals were in
attendance.  Since its inception the group has
grown to more than 50 members.  Family searches
being conducted by group members include the
states of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana,
Kentucky, Ohio, North and South Carolina,
Virginia, the Cass County area of Michigan, and
others.
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