Michigan Goals:  1: Research and Records   2: Archives and Libraries   3: Vital and Census Records   4: Church and Cemetery Records   5: Emigration and Immigration   6: Military Records   7: Probate, Land and Court   8: Maps and Gazetteers   9: Newspapers   10: Websites   11: Search Records   12: Get Help  




Project 9: U.S.—Michigan

Explore research in Michigan.


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Goal 1: Learn about Michigan research and records.


Choices:

A. Get started with research for your Michigan ancestors.

Summary
  1. Learn about basic Michigan research strategies.
    FS—Basic Michigan Research Tips and Strategies
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    FS—Michigan, My Michigan—50:11">
  2. Explore resources for Michigan research on Ancestry.
    AC—Michigan Resources
  3. Study the Ancestry State Guide for Michigan research.
    AC—Michigan State Research Guide, 5 pgs.
  4. Use the Michigan Record Finder to decide on records to search.
    FS—Michigan Record Finder




Goal 2: Learn about Michigan archives and libraries.


Choices:

A. Learn about Michigan archives and libraries.

Summary
  1. Learn about Michigan archives and libraries in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Michigan Archives and Libraries
    | AC—Wiki: Michigan Archives, Libraries, and Societies
  2. Explore the Michigan state archives.
  3. Explore the State Archives and Libraries site for Michigan.
  4. Explore the Seeking Michigan site.
  5. Explore Library of Michigan collection.
  6. Explore the Books We Own site for Michigan genealogy publications. Volunteers may be available for lookup services.
  7. Search for free online books on Michigan research on the FamilySearch site.
  8. Explore historical photo resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.

B. Learn about Michigan city directories.

Summary
  1. Learn about Michigan city directories in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Michigan Directories
  2. Explore Michigan city directories.
  3. Find out more about city directories in this research guide from Ancestry.
    AC—Six Things to Find—3 pgs.
  4. Explore Michigan city directories on the Ancestry site.
  5. Explore Michigan historical directories by county.
  6. Explore additional links for Michigan city directories on the LDSGenealogy site.


Goal 3: Learn about Michigan vital records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Michigan vital records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Michigan vital records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Michigan Vital Records
    |
    AC—Wiki: Michigan Vital Records
  2. Explore links for vital records on the Michigan Dept. of Health site.
  3. Search for online Michigan vital records and find addresses for state offices to write to for records.
  4. Explore Michigan birth, marriage, and death records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Explore Michigan birth certificate records on the Birth-Certificates.net site.
  6. Get help with adoption topics on the Michigan Adoptees / Birth Parents Facebook page.
  7. Explore additional links for Michigan vital records on the Linkpendium site.
  8. Explore additional links for Michigan birth records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Explore Michigan marriage and death records.

Summary
  1. Explore links for Michigan marriage records.
  2. Explore additional links for Michigan marriage records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  3. Explore the Ancestors at Rest site for Michigan death records.
  4. Explore the ObituariesHelp site for Michigan obituaries.
  5. Find additional resources for Michigan obituaries on the Linkpendium site.
  6. Explore Michigan death records, indexes, and obituaries.
  7. Explore additional links for Michigan death records on the LDSGenealogy site.

C. Explore Michigan census and voter records.

  1. Get an overview of Michigan censuses in this article.
    FS—Michigan Census
  2. Learn about Michigan census records.
    Census Records for Michigan
  3. Explore the MyFreeCensus site for Michigan state and county census records.
  4. Explore additional links for Michigan census records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  5. Explore Michigan census records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  6. Learn about Michigan voting registers in this article.
    FS—Michigan Voting Registers


Goal 4: Learn about Michigan church and cemetery records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Michigan church records.

Summary
  1. Get an overview of Michigan church records in this article.
    FS—Michigan Church Records
  2. Learn about Michigan church records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Michigan Church Records
  3. Explore additional links for Michigan church records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Explore Michigan cemetery records.

Summary
  1. Explore Michigan cemetery records in this article.
    FS—Michigan Cemetery Records
  2. Browse the Interment.net site for Michigan cemetery records.
  3. Search for Michigan cemetery records online.
  4. Explore Michigan cemetery records on the AccessGenealogy site.
  5. Explore additional links for Michigan cemetery records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  6. Explore the Tombstone Transcription Project on the U.S. GenWeb site.
  7. Search the FindaGrave site for cemetery records.
  8. Search the BillionGraves site for cemetery records.
  9. See additional cemetery resources on the Michigan Linkpendium site.



Goal 5: Learn about Michigan emigration and immigration.


Choices:

A. Learn about Michigan emigration and immigration.

Summary
  1. Learn about Michigan emigration and immigration in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Michigan Emigration and Immigration
  2. Learn about Michigan migration routes in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Michigan Migration
  3. Explore additional links for Michigan immigration records on the LDSGenealogy site.


Goal 6: Learn about Michigan military records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Michigan military records.

Summary
  1. Get an introduction to Michigan military records.
    Michigan Military Records
  2. Learn about Michigan military records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Michigan Military Records
  3. Explore Michigan military records on the AccessGenealogy site (scroll down).
  4. Explore Michigan military records on the Linkpendium site.
  5. Explore additional links for Michigan military records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  6. Explore Michigan military resources on Cyndi's List.


Goal 7: Learn about Michigan probate, land, and court records.


Choices:

A. Learn about Michigan probate, land and court records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Michigan probate records in these articles.
    FS—Wiki: Michigan Probate Records
    | AC—Wiki: Michigan Probate Records
  2. Learn about Michigan land and property records.
    FS—Michigan Land and Property Records
  3. Learn about Michigan land records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Michigan Land Records
  4. Explore additional links for Michigan probate records on the LDSGenealogy site.
  5. Explore additional links for Michigan land records on the LDSGenealogy site.

B. Learn about Michigan court records.

Summary
  1. Learn about Michigan court records in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Michigan Court Records
  2. Learn about Michigan court records in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: Michigan Court Records


Goal 8: Learn about Michigan maps and gazetteers.


Choices:

A. Learn about Michigan maps and gazetteers.

Summary
  1. Learn about Michigan maps in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Michigan Maps
  2. Learn about Michigan maps in this Ancestry Wiki article.
    AC—Wiki: Michigan Maps
  3. Learn about Michigan gazetteers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Michigan Gazetteers

B. Explore Michigan maps and gazetteers.

  1. Explore the David Rumsey collection of Michigan maps.
  2. Explore the Perry-Castaneda site for maps of Michigan.
  3. Explore historical Michigan maps on the Historic Map Works site.
  4. Explore the Old Maps Online site for Michigan maps.



Goal 9: Learn about Michigan newspapers.


Choices:

A. Learn about Michigan newspapers.

Summary
  1. Learn about Michigan newspapers in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Michigan Newspapers
  2. Learn about Michigan newspapers, periodicals, and manuscript collections.
    AC—Wiki: Michigan Periodicals, Newspapers, and Manuscripts

B. Explore Michigan newspapers.

Summary
  1. Search for Michigan historical newspapers in the Library of Congress collection.
  2. Search Michigan newspapers in the onlinenewspapers.com site.
  3. Search Michigan newspapers in the world-newspapers.com site.
  4. Search Michigan newspapers in the ABYZ News Link site.
  5. Explore Michigan newspaper resources on the Ancestor Hunt site.
  6. See additional Michigan newspaper resources on the Linkpendium site.
  7. Explore additional links for Michigan newspapers and obituaries on the LDSGenealogy site.


Goal 10: Explore additional websites for research.


Choices:

A. There are a number of websites with valuable resources for Michigan research.

  1. Explore links in Cyndi's List.
  2. Explore links in Linkpendium.
  3. Explore links in Kindred Trails.
  4. Explore links in GenealogyLinks.net.
  5. Explore links in LDSGenealogy.com.


Goal 11: Search records from Michigan.


Choices:

A Use the QUIKLinks (top of page) or Michigan County links (bottom) to quickly search common record collections for Michigan.

Note: To search records on these sites, you must be registered on the site or be at a FamilySearch Center.

  1. In the QUIKLinks, click the link for FamilySearch, Ancestry, Findmypast, or MyHeritage to view the corresponding record collection.
  2. Scroll down near the bottom of this page to see available county records. Click the name of the county for FamilySearch, or A for Ancestry, or L for Linkpendium.

B Explore additional record collections.

  1. In FamilySearch, explore the Michigan Online Genealogy Records page for a variety of record collections.
  2. In each program (FamilySearch, Ancestry, or Findmypast), explore additional record collections besides the ones listed in QUIKLinks on this page.


Goal 12: Get help with your Michigan research.


Choices:

A. Use Facebook pages to get answers to your questions.

  1. Visit the Michigan Genealogy Network page on Facebook.
  2. Visit the Michigan Genealogy page on Facebook.
  3. Visit the U.S. Midwest Genealogy Research page on Facebook.
  4. See the Genealogy on Facebook list of Facebook groups dedicated to helping with research for Michigan.

B. Join a mailing list or message board for Michigan research.

  1. Join the RootsChat forum and post questions about Michigan research.
  2. Search the RootsWeb site for Michigan research mailing lists.
  3. Explore the Michigan research mailing lists on Cyndi's List.
  4. Use the RootsWeb message boards to read or post questions about Michigan research.

C. Learn about Michigan genealogy societies.

  1. Learn about genealogy societies in Michigan in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Michigan Societies
  2. Learn about genealogy societies in Michigan in this FamilySearch Wiki article.
    FS—Wiki: Michigan Societies
  3. Explore Michigan genealogy society sites on Cyndi's list.




Michigan Counties

Name = FamilySearch; A = Ancestry; L = Linkpendium

Alcona    L Alger    L Allegan    A    L Alpena    A    L Antrim    L Arenac    L
Baraga    A    L Barry    A    L Bay    A    L Benzie    L Berrien    A    L Branch    A    L
Calhoun    A    L Cass    A    L Charlevoix    A    L Cheboygan    A    L Chippewa    A    L Clare    L
Clinton    A    L Crawford    L Delta    A    L Dickinson    L Eaton    A    L Emmett    A    L
Genesee    A    L Gladwin    L Gogebic    A    L Grand Trav.  A    L Gratiot    A    L Hillsdale    A    L
Houghton    A    L Huron    A    L Ingham    A    L Ionia    A    L Iosco    A    L Iron    L
Isabella    A    L Jackson    A    L Kalamazoo    A    L Kalkaska    L Kent    A    L Keweenaw    L
Lake    L Lapeer    A    L Leelanau    A    L Lenawee    A    L Livingston    A    L Luce    L
Mackinac    A    L Macomb    A    L Manastee    L Marquette    A    L Mecosta    A    L Menominee    A    L
Midland    A    L Missaukee    L Monroe    A    L Montcalm    Ancestry    L Montmorency    L Muskegon    A    L
Newaygo    A    L Oakland    A    L Oceana    L Ontonagon    L Osceola    A    L Oscoda    L
Ogemaw    L Otsego    L Ottawa    A    L Presque Isle    L Roscommon    L Saginaw    A    L
Sanilac    A    L Schoolcraft    A    L Shiawassee    A    L St. Clair    A    L St. Joseph    A    L Tuscola    A    L
Van Buren    A    L Washtenaw    A    L Wayne    A    L Wexford    A    L