Lansing Area African American Genealogy

Volume 4, Issue 1
Spring 2009 Newsletter
Lansing Area African American Genealogy Society - Elects New
Officers for 2009-2010
New Officers Vow to Carry on
LAAAGS Traditions and
  The Lansing Area African American
Genealogy Society (LAAAGS) elects new
officers for 2009-2010.  The new officers
are: (l-r) Melvin Holley, Past-President;
Willye Bryan, President; Jesse LaSorda,
Vice-President/president-elect; Brenda
Henderson, Secretary; and Arthur
Glasscoe, Treasurer.  The installation of  
officers was conducted by Mary Jane
McGuire.  The installation was held at the
group's January 10, 2009, meeting at the
Michigan Library and Historical Center, 702
West Allegan Street, Lansing, Michigan.  
The meeting was held from 9:00-11:00 a.m.

   The newly installed officers along with
members in attendance renewed their
committment to continue LAAAGS' fine
tradition of research and dissemination of
African American history in Lansing,
Michigan.  LAAAGS is mandated to raise
the awareness of African American history
by imparting information, teaching, and
assisting all interested persons in the skills
of genealogical research.
   The first meeting of the new year was
well attended and members got underway
with a new agenda and refreshed spirit for
programs and functions in 2009.
  Planned for 2009 are several activities that
will generate more interest in the Society.  
Monthly programs will be enhanced with a
presentation at each meeting.  Members
agreed to report on their family history
research at sometime over the year.  This will
be an important activity because it will allow
members to help each other according to their
level of advancement in individual research.
   LAAAGS will participate in the Latter-Day
Saints Family History Center workshop on
May 9, 2009.  We will hold two workshops
during the daylong seminar in East Lansing,
   The major project for LAAAGS in 2009 and
2010 will be conducting a daylong seminar on
Researching African American History.  
Details for these events will be on the group's
website: and in the
newsletter as the programs are finalized.
   Anyone interested in membership in
LAAAGS may join the Society by printing out
the membership application (page 7) and
returning it to the address listed.  Persons
interested could also attend any meeting on
the second Saturday of every month at 9:00
a.m. at the Michigan Library and Historical
LAAAGS members at their first meeting for