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Welcome to the Home Page of the Lansing Area African American Genealogical Society.  LAAAGS was
founded in 2001 and is located in Lansing, Michigan.  The purpose of LAAAGS is to promote the
preservation of  African American family history for Lansing area residents and other interested persons.
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This page was last updated February 2020

The next meeting for LAAAGS will be March 21, 2020, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the State Library and Museum,
702 W. Kalamazoo St., Lake Erie Room, Lansing, MI 48933. The meeting will have a
n evaluation of the 2020
Winter Genealogy Conference. New members will also be welcomed at this meeting. The public is invited to
The dues for LAAAGS are
$25 dollars annually. Annual dues for 2020 are now
Form for Dues Submission


The Lansing Area African American Genealogical Society (LAAAGS) is planning an African
American Family Genealogy Conference to be held at Union Missionary Baptist Church, 500
S. MLK, Jr. Blvd, Lansing, MI 48915, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 from 10 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.  The
workshop is designed to jump-start the beginning genealogist as well as enhance the research
of advanced projects. There will be handouts, hands-on guidance, and other materials that
will allow participants to start or improve their family research.  
  The workshop is designed to teach participants to search for ancestors anywhere in the
world! A keynote speaker will provide a how-to story and stimulate participants’ appetites
for writing their own family history! The presenter is Mrs. Dedria Humphries Barker, a
Lansing native, researcher, and author. Her book,
Mother of Orphans: The True and Curious
Story of Irish Alice, a Colored Man’s Widow,
is the compelling true story of Alice, an Irish-
American woman who defied rigid social structures to form a family with a black man in Ohio
in 1899. Research help will be available from LAAAGS members on-site! All ages are invited
to attend! This will be an excellent opportunity to involve young people in their family’s
history. The workshop will showcase the newest techniques in genealogical research.

The workshop will include such topics as:
 Beginning and Intermediate Genealogy         
Organization and Storage
Publishing Individual and Family Histories
Beginning DNA Research
Pitfalls and Setbacks: A Panel Discussion

There is no cost for the Conference.  A delicious lunch will be served on-site!
Preregistration is required. Preregistration deadline is February 15, 2020.
Doors open and check-in begins at 9:30 a.m.!
Current Officers for 2020
President: Gary Wilkes
Vice President: Jessica Trotter
Recording Secretary: Willye Bryan
Treasurer: Mike Bryan