Lansing Area African American
Genealogical Society

Volume 5, Issue 3
Winter/Spring 2014-2015 Newsletter
Exciting Beginnings for 2016 for the Lansing Area African American
Genealogical Society
LAAAGS members took their annual genealogical trip in
June 2015.  The trip was to Fort Wayne, Michigan.  Fort
Wayne is where the Allen County Public Library is
located. One of our members, Helen Mickens, wrote an
article about her experience at the library. The following
information is from that article. The article and pictures
are featured on our home page.

"According to the site:, "The Allen
County Library is the largest genealogy collection in a
public library in the U.S." (People think of the Mormon
holdings as the biggest. But their collection in Salt Lake
City, Utah, is a private collection. The Allen County
Library is not only public but it's aggressive in getting its
collections and information to anyone in the world, for
free or at a very small cost.) The Allen County Library's
holdings, "include more than 350,000 printed volumes
and 513,000 items on microfilm and microfiche." It has
"more than 50,000 family histories, nearly 200,000 local
histories" - from all over the United States, Canada, and
beyond - "a significant number of North Carolina records
on microfilm, and numerous important collections. The
Genealogy Center [at the Allen County Library] also has
significant resources for Native American and African
American research."

If you are interested in joining our group please see the
membership page on this website or email Willye Bryan

Happy Researching!!
LAAAGS members touring
Marshall, MI, June 2014
LAAAGS visited the National House Inn June 2014,
thought to be an Underground Railroad site in
Marshall, MI
This starts an exciting new year for LAAAGS
we have done some unique new things and
continue to rely on our solid foundation from
the past.

The year started off with the election of new
officers. Sabrina Ford Williams was elected our
new president, Gary Wilkes continued as our
vice president, Willye Bryan was elected as
secretary, and Mike Bryan continued as

We have enjoyed several very interesting
meetings. At the February meeting President
Williams presented a program featuring a
member of the family that were slave holders of
her paternal ancestors. The family member,
Ms. Jones presented a wealth of information on
Sabrina's family. Ms. Jones had lots of primary
documents including Bibles, notebooks/diaries,
and property records containing names and
ages of Sabrina's family. Sabrina and Ms.
Jones connected online and it turned out she
lives in Ann Arbor! It was a fascinating
presentation and there are plans to have them
return for an update on their research.
Marshall built a site intended for a
governor's mansion.
Honolulu House in Marshall
The scenes on this page are from the LAAAGS' 2014
genealogical trip to Marshall, MI. Stayed tuned for scenes from
our 2016 trip to the Charles H. Wright African American History