Holt-Delhi Historical Society

Established 2014


The Holt-Delhi Historical Society is not a genealogical society, though throughout Holt and Delhi Township there are plenty of fascinating family histories which were integral to our foundation and growth. Our collection may be useful in your genealogical research, please see our pertinent collections listed below. If you would like to provide the HDHS with a copy of your family history please contact us, we would accept any information relating to families who spent any time in Holt or Delhi Township. For information on research assistance please scroll to the bottom of this page. 


Early Holt newspapers include the Holt Independent and the Holt Press. The HDHS has limited copies of the Press and no copies of the Independent. We would welcome any donations of early newspapers. The Capital Area District Libraries Local History Room has a small collection of historic Holt newspapers available for researchers. 

The Holt Recorder newspaper ran from 1934 through the early 1950s. All local news was reported in the Recorder. The State Journal and the Ingham County News covered many Holt topics, but the Recorder, as the local newspaper, is more comprehensive in the period covered. 

The Holt Recorder

Bound Volumes: 1934, 1936, 1940-1951

Individual Issues: See table at right. 

The Library of Michigan has The Holt Recorder on microfilm covering 1936-1937. 

Other Local Newspaper Issues:

Ingham County Herald, 01, Jun. 1944

Ingham County News, 30 Aug. 1988 - 31 Dec. 1990
Ingham County News, 1997 (full year)

Holt Community News, 27 Aug. 1995 - 31 Dec. 1996
Holt Community News, 1997 (full year)

Miscellaneous Copies of:
  •  The Holt Press
  •  The Holt Recorder
  •  Holt Community News

The Lansing State Journal (1911-present) is available in its entirety on newspapers.com, a subscription based site. 
 11, 18, 25
 01, 15, 22, 29
 06, 13, 20, 27
 03, 07, 10, 24, 31
 07, 14
 12, 19
 09, 16, 23, 30
 07, 21, 28
 04, 11, 18
 01, 15, 22
 01, 08

The Ingham County Genealogical Society has partnered with CADL Local History to get several historic Ingham County newspapers online, including: Ingham County News (1860-1969), Ingham Democrat (1846), Ingham County Democrat (1917), and others. View the collection here. 


Visit our Yearbooks page for information on published Holt yearbooks, our collection of yearbooks, and the digitized collection of Holt yearbooks courtesy of the Capital Area District Libraries. Though Holt yearbooks are primarily available online, our physical collection may be used in person for browsing and research. For out-of-town researchers, please check out our Yearbooks page, then view the research assistance section below for details on submitting a look-up request. 

Directories and Plat Maps

We have a small collection of Ingham County and Delhi Township directories. Early rural directories are rare, though the 1916 Rural Directory of Ingham County is a staple of this collection. 

We also now offer online access to our collection of Delhi Township plat maps, spanning 1859-present. Visit Maps for thumbnails and PDF downloads of the available maps. 

This collection is useful when conducting research on the history of homes, which we are able to assist with in some cases. 

Grovenburg United Methodist Church Material 

With the closure of the historic Grovenburg United Methodist Church in 2019, the Holt-Delhi Historical Society received several boxes of historic material from the church in an effort to preserve the history. No official church records were given to the HDHS, all records were transferred to the Mid-Michigan District of the United Methodist Church Michigan Conference. Among the material now held by the HDHS includes Sunday School ledgers and books, written histories of the church, photographs (both historic and modern), and more. This collection, sorted but not yet processed or organized, is available to researchers and anyone interested in looking through the collection. 

We are not currently able to do look-ups in this collection because of its breadth and the lack of a finding aid. 

We have also been gifted a model of the church building, which was made in the 1940s by Donald Launstein. It needs extensive repairs, but is available for viewing in our office. 

The former church building, located on Grovenburg Road, is now owned by Delhi Charter Township. The HDHS went through the building and salvaged any remaining historic material before the building was cleaned out. 

Presbyterian Marriage Records

Records of marriages conducted by Rev. Charles P. Andrews, 1920-1932, at the Holt Presbyterian Church. Available for digital look-up only via scans of the original record book. This material is courtesy of Rev. Andrews' family. Please see the research assistance section below for information on how to request a look-up. 

Research Assistance

All categories listed above can be utilized by the public for research. Look-ups from out-of-town researchers can be accommodated, though we ask for a donation for look-ups due to our limited volunteers. Extensive look-ups and research unfortunately cannot be accommodated. Copies of obituaries, articles, and marriage records can be provided digitally if they are located. Please complete the look-up request form below and include all information that will assist in finding the information you are seeking. 
If you would like research assistance or would like to access our collection for genealogical purposes, please send us an email or give us a call... holtdelhihistory@gmail.com // (517) 694-0732.

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