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Phone 517-543-8792 E-mail: Corresponding Secretary Website:     © 2018 Eaton County Genealogical Society

Current Projects

Joint Scanning with the Charlotte Community Library!! (Jan - Apr 2015)

2015 Scanning Dates at the Charlotte Community Library:
... Wed January 14th and January 28th from 6:30pm - 8:00pm
... Wed February 25th from 6:30pm - 8:00pm
... Wed March 11 and March March 25th from 6:30pm - 8:00pm
... Wed April 22 from 6:30 - 8:00pm

See the Scanning Project for our first joint project with the Charlotte Community Library. We are very excited to work on preserving history that is available at the library! We began with the Boyd Preston index card collection. We have set up scan dates through July and most likely will continue after that as there is a great deal that can be scanned. We are setting up dates twice a month, alternating between Monday and Wednesday evenings. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Probate Packet Scanning

In one of our vaults, we have 17,000 probate packet folders that span many, many boxes on many shelves. In the summer of 2012, we received a grant from the Eaton County Historical Commission to purchase scanners and supplies to scan these packets. It was estimated to be a 5-year project. We meet regularly on Tuesday afternoons at our library room as a group to scan. Someone is there from noon - 5pm and anyone can come anytime during that time period. Once anyone knows what they are doing, they can come in and scan any time the room is open. The group that does meet on Tuesdays share a great fellowhip time with various information passing back and forth and lots of laughter. Please contact Sherry Copenhaver (via e-mail) at for more information.

Rural School Project

The Eaton County Historical Commission began a project in January 2013 to collect Eaton County Rural School photos, records, memories and history to create a book and document these old schools. Some of us from the Eaton County Genealogical Society have joined in this effort. We have collected a great deal of information and we are now in the process of writing a story for each school and proofreading the names indexed of teachers, school officers and teachers. All of the information received for this project will be added to our Index System and will be a valuable source of research for many years to come! As of October 2014, we have a tentative target time frame of finishing this around Easter, 2015. Please contact Jan Sedore (via e-mail) at or Sherry Copenhaver at for more information. We are still accepting items to scan for this project.


We index our holdings on some Monday evenings from 6-8pm. (Call Barb at 517-543-1227 to verify Indexing for a specific Monday night.) Indexing is where we transcribe names from our old county books and records to create indexes of the pages the names appear on. We always need proof-readers as well! Some people like to write the indexes on paper and have someone else type them. Others like to type theirs directly into an Excel spreadsheet and still others are happy proof-reading. There is something for everyone! This is an enjoyable time for the folks who join in on this activity and more help is always welcome!

Take-Home Projects

We have some take-home projects available for people to take home and work on. These are various types of projects, such as putting (glueing or taping) newspaper clippings to pages to make a scrapbook or indexing a scrapbook already created. Please contact us (via e-mail) at for more information.

Past Projects

A prior project we did (and may do again in the future): Kids create their family tree with the Charlotte Community Library!! (Saturday May 31, 2014)

See the Family Tree Project Kids Activity for our workshop for kids from 8-16 to create their family tree! Contact the library to reserve a spot for your child/children or grandchild/granchildren! If you have any questions, please contact us at

This page last updated: December 2014