Michigan, United States Genealogy
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the Wolverine State
- Detroit Public Library has a worldwide scope genealogy collection.
- Michigan Censuses 1710-1830 indexes 16 pre-statehood censuses.
- Michigan's county and township governments were patterned after New England and New York.
For published works see:
- A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF AMERICAN COUNTY HISTORIES by P. William Filby.
- MICHIGAN COUNTY HISTORIES: A BIBLIOGRAPHY by the Michigan Department of Education, State Library Services.
Extinct or Renamed Counties: Aishcum · Anamickee · Bleeker · Brown · Cheonoquet · Des Moines · Dubuque · Forest · Iowa · Isle Royal · Kanotin · Kautawaubet · Kaykakee · Keskkauko · Manitou · Meegisee · Michilimackinac · Mikenauk · Neewago · Notipekago · Okkuddo · Omeena · Shawano · Tonedagana · Unwattin · Wabassee · Washington · Wyandot
Legal Materials -
Probate records such as wills often provide useful information, see: SEARCHING AMERICAN PROBATE RECORDS, by Fran Carter. Other records, such as various legal cases might be of use - see "HOW TO FIND SERIES #12: FINDING MICHIGAN LAWS & CASES IN THE MSU LIBRARIES", published by MSU Libraries, 1983.
Erie Canal · Lake Erie · Lake Huron · Lake Michigan · Lake Superior · Soo Locks · Detroit-Chicago Road · Detroit-Vincennes Road · Ft. Gratiot Road · Grand River Road · Great Trail or Great Path · La Plaissance Bay Road · Lake Shore Path or Lake Trail · Maumee-Jonesville Road · Monroe Road · Saginaw Road · Sauk Trail · Tennessee, Ohio and Great Lakes Trail · Vincennes-Indianapolis-Detroit Road · Erie-Kalamazoo Railroad
- MEN OF MICHIGAN: A COLLECTION OF THE PORTRAITS OF MEN PROMINENT IN BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL LIFE IN MICHIGAN, pub. By Michigan Art Co., 1904
Featured Content1894 Michigan State Census This Internet site lists soldiers by name with their ward, township, and county as shown on the census of United States Soldiers of the Civil War Residing in Michigan, June 1, 1894, part of a state census. Since the 1890 federal census was partially destroyed in a fire, researchers can use this list of names as an additional tool beyond the census, to document their ancestor's whereabouts during the 1890's. There are approximately 50,000 names listed. For further details, see the Michigan Census Wiki page.
- The The Michigan GenWeb Project provides county information about formation date, parent county, county seat, bibliography, cemeteries, census, churches, towns, history, look ups, obituaries, queries, repositories, surname registry, and many Internet links.
- Family History 101 - My Michigan Genealogy contains Michigan state history, links to counties and county histories, where to find records in each county and online links.
- Michigan, My Michigan is a new course on FamilySearch.org.
- Looking 4 Kin Genealogy & Family History Network - Michigan
Did You Know?
- Michigan is comprised of an Upper Peninsula and Lower Peninsula, with shoreline longer than every other state except Alaska. The peninsulas are surrounded by the Great Lakes: Lake Michigan, Lake Superior, Lake Erie, Lake Huron and Lake Ontario, the largest freshwater lakes in the world.
- Many famous and interesting people grew up in Michigan. Henry Ford grew up there. He was the inventor of the automobile. The first automobile was driven in Michigan. President Gerald Ford and Thomas Edison grew up in Michigan. Charles Lindburgh lived in Michigan.
Wiki articles describing online collections are found at:
- Michigan 1894 State Census (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- Michigan Births and Christenings (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- Michigan Birth Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- Michigan, County Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- Michigan Deaths and Burials (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- Michigan Death Records (FamilySearch Histoical Records)
- Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Individuals Entering Through the Port of Detroit (FamilySearch HistoricalRecords)
- Michigan Marriages (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- Michigan Marriage Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
- Michigan Probate Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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