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Most archives, historical societies, and genealogical societies have special collections and indexes of genealogical value.

Centennial Celebrations Collections. Beginning in 1976, Michigan issued certificates to applicants who could prove direct descent from an ancestor living in Michigan a century earlier. The records are in:

Centennial Family Certificate Application Files: A Project of the Michigan Genealogical Council. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1983. (On 81 Family History Library films. Not available at Family History Centers.) Michigan settlers by 1876 and their descendants. The questionnaires, applications, vital statistics, and documentation are alphabetical by ancestor.

Centennial Family Certificate Applications: A Project of the Michigan Genealogical Council. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1983. (On 12 Family History Library films and fiche beginning with FHL Fiche 6334362. Not available at Family History Centers.) Same as above but questionnaires only. Questionnaires show name and address of applicant and lineage chart. Alphabetical by ancestor.

Michigan Centennial File Index. Lansing, Michigan: Microform System, Inc., [198-?]. FHL Fiche 6334362–64. Not available at Family History Centers. Indexes to the previous two collections by ancestor, applicant, and certificate number.

Michigan Sesquicentennial Pioneer Files and Indexes, ca. 1986–1988. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1994. (On 129 Family History Library films. Not available at Family History Centers.) Michigan settlers prior to 1837 and their descendants. Four indexes by applicants, pioneers, certificate number, and participants who did not qualify. Applications, certificates, and indexes from the Library of Michigan and State Archives of Michigan.

The originals are at the Library of Michigan.

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Collection. The DAR has collected transcripts of Bible records, cemetery records, church records, marriages, deaths, obituaries, and wills:

  • Daughters of the American Revolution (Michigan). Genealogical Records. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1973. (On 9 Family History Library films.) Includes index.
  • Daughters of the American Revolution (Michigan). Genealogical Collection. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1971. (On 40 Family History Library films.) Many volumes are individually indexed. Most are arranged by county or town name.

These volumes are also available at the DAR Library, in the Burton Historical Collection, and at the Library of Michigan.

Pioneer Records. For families in early Michigan see:

  • Michigan Pioneer Records, 1800–1900. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1973, 1974, 1976. (On 13 Family History Library films.) Birth, marriage, death, burial, and previous residence information. Indexed.
  • Michigan. State Library. Pioneer Family Collection. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1973. FHL Films 927650–67. Includes folders (alphabetically arranged) of correspondence, newspaper clippings, and other materials for various surnames. The collection is also at the Library of Michigan.
  • Michigan. State Library. Link Collection. Lansing, Michigan: State Library, 1973. (On 12 Family History Library films.) A collection (alphabetically arranged) of research notebooks, folders, and newspaper clippings. The collection is also at the Library of Michigan.

Surname Indexes. For alphabetical surname indexes see:

  • Western Michigan Genealogical Society (Grand Rapids, Michigan). Surname Index, 1600s–1900s. Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1976. FHL Films 1002371–72. A card index containing genealogical information from lineage charts, family Bibles, and other sources. The index is also at the Grand Rapids Public Library.
  • DeZeeuw, Donald J., ed. The Michigan Surname Index. Lansing, Michigan: Michigan Genealogical Council, 1984. FHL Book 977.4 D22m. Contains information on more than 100,000 Michigan ancestors. Lists the names and often the birth, marriage, and death dates, localities, and spouse or other relatives.
  • Vernon, Hazel.  The Quest for Emilyn.  Emilyn Phillips, 1904-1947 emigrated to the United States after WW1. but returned to Wales.  Illustrated with a photograph taken in Birmingham Michigan 1929,Those in the photograph are: Eddie Edwards, Thomas charles, Llewelyn Edwards, William Allan Williams, Tom Edwards, Bobby Jones, Mrs. Lynda Bennett, Mr & Mrs. Zeigler, Emily Pritchard, Mrs Lizzie Edwards, ?unknown, Oswarld Charles, Tommy Williams, Bill Richards, Emaniwel Pritchard, Wilfred Phillips, Charles Victor Bennett, Bob Richards, David Charles, Idris Wyn, Ivor Davies, W. T. Roberts, David Edwards, Johnny Pritchard, Roberts Daniel Jones, Ivor Edwards, Geroge Williams, Watkin Edwards, Christ Bennett, Howell Davies, Eric Stephen Jones, David Arthur Dunn, Ted Phillips, George Hughes, Emily Phillips. Article in Magazine, Hel Achau, 942.93 D25h #104, March 2010 pages 36-38. Family History Library Ref. 942.93 D25h

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