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The "United States Emigration and Immigration" Wiki article lists several important sources for finding information about immigrants. These nationwide sources include many references to people who settled in Michigan. Tracing Immigrant Origins introduces the principles, search strategies, and additional record types you can use to identify an immigrant ancestor's hometown.

  • Pre-statehood settlers of Michigan generally came from New York, Ohio, the New England states, and Ontario. Many immigrants from Germany and the Netherlands arrived by 1850. Later arrivals were Scandinavian, Irish, Cornish, Italian, and Polish. A helpful source on Michigan immigrants is:
Vander Hill, C. Warren. Settling the Great Lakes Frontier: Immigration to Michigan, 1837–1924. Lansing, Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission, 1970. FHL book 977.4 W2v.)
  • The United States made records of the individuals who came into Michigan from Canada. The library has a film copy of these records in:
United States Immigration and Naturalization Services. Detroit District Manifest Records of Aliens Arriving from Foreign Contiguous Territory: Arrivals at Detroit, Michigan, 1906–1954 (Washington, D.C.: Immigration and Naturalization Services, [195?]) Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Detroit 1906-1954 images only–Free. FHL firm 1490449 (first of 117 films
A Wiki article describing this online resource is Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Individuals Entering Through the Port of Detroit (FamilySearch Historical Records)
  • Records of ethnic groups are listed in the Place Search of the FamilySearch Catalog under MICHIGAN - MINORITIES. A few sources for the Chippewa, Potawatomi, and Ottawa Indians in Michigan are listed under MICHIGAN - NATIVE RACES.

A wiki article describing an online collection is found at:

Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Individuals Entering Through the Port of Detroit (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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