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It is good to acquaint your self with virtually any repository in Michigan that you simply might explore by getting in contact with to the appropriate archive or library in advance.

Many, if not all, Michigan repositories contain written and published resources that introduce its collections together with research policy.

Michigan archives and historical institutions usually have Internet sites that supply comparable details. Quite a few perhaps include down loadable sources for some or parts within their collections.

List of Michigan Archives

List of Michigan Archives
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  • State Archives of Michigan, 702 W Kalamazoo Str, P.O. Box 30738, Lansing, MI 48909-8238; (517) 373-1408; Original material generated by government offices at the state and/or local level, including census records, tax assessment rolls, military records and photographs are among the extensive holdings. They also have some naturalization files, correctional facility records, school records, and depression era agency files. The archives distribute information circulars on many topics. The circulars act as finding aids to their extensive collection.
  • National Archives – Great Lakes Region (Chicago), 7358 South Pulaski Road, Chicago, Illinois 60629-5898; 773-948-9001; E-mail: chicago.archives@nara.gov (Maintains retired records from Federal agencies and courts in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.); General Information Leaflet
  • Archives and Historical Collections, Michigan Technological University, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931; Phone number (906) 487-2505This depository is responsible for Gogebic, Ontonagon, Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga, and Iron counties; it currently holds vital records for Houghton and Keweenaw counties, but has inventories for and will be acquiring records of the other counties. Special collections include those of the Michigan Technological University and the Copper County Historical Collection, the latter containing records of the mining companies and benevolent societies.
  • Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202; This, the largest collection in Michigan, includes diverse and extensive holdings of original, printed, and micrographic historical and genealogical material. The emphasis of the collection is on Detroit and Michigan beginning with the seventeenth century.
  • Michigan Historical Collections, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan,  1150 Beal Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113; The focus for genealogical work in this collection is original source materials for Michigan history and church records for almost all Protestant denominations, including discontinued churches.
  • Archives and Regional History Collections, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI 49008; Phone number (616) 387-3990; This collection includes township and county records from Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Cass, Calhoun, St. Joseph, Kalamazoo, Kent, Muskegon, Ottawa, and Van Buren counties and 8,000 catalogued photographs.

List of Michigan Libraries & Museums

List of Michigan Library & Museum
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List of Michigan  Periodicals

List of Michigan Periodicals
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Genealogical magazines offer many sources of information and facts, they may be dismissed by genealogy researchers and genealogist in searching for family history. A large number of regional and county genealogical and/or historical societies publish periodicals which have records in relation to the region or vicinity they operate. Frequently these publications carry articles pertaining to records that are not accessible somewhere else.

  • Michigan History ; Published bimonthly by Bureau of History Michigan Department of State this contains state history articles book reviews and information pertinent to historical research.
  • The Detroit Society for Genealogical Research Magazine published by the society with a mailing address at the Burton Historical Collection of the Detroit Public Library has been published since 1937. It is not limited to Detroit but also publishes family histories and source material for the entire state as well as states or areas from which Michigan residents came: New York New England Pennsylvania and Canada particularly Ontario and Quebec.

List of Michigan Historical & Genealogical Societies

List of Michigan Historical & Genealogical Societies
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For almost every state there is a state genealogical society, a state genealogical council, or both. As well as their own work, Michigan groups quite often help synchronize the efforts of area societies around the Michigan. Their particular publications, newsletters and quarterlies, supplement those published through the local societies.

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List of Michigan Newspapers & Publications

List of Michigan Newspapers
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Michigan Genealogical publications (magazines, newsletters, periodicals, books, etc.) contain all sorts of worthwhile facts regarding specific ancestors, entire lineages and families, places in time, and regarding every type of genealogical records and repositories. They enable you to uncover a abundance of information and facts about your ancestors from many historical newspapers, magazines, and other periodicals. These different kinds of sources can frequently bolster public records and give information and facts that is not recorded anywhere else. Here, you can discover a lot more regarding your ancestor’s potential every day activities by setting them in the circumstance of their time.

The first newspaper in Michigan was the Michigan Essay or Impartial Observer. Only one edition of it was ever published. That edition was published on August 31, 1809 in Detroit. The Detroit Gazette began continuous publication in July, 1817. The last page of the Detroit Gazette included printings of important articles in French. Many Michigan newspapers have been placed on microfilm and are available at the Library of Michigan. They are also available through inter-library loan programs. Large collections of newspapers from Michigan can also be found at the Detroit Public Library and in Ann Arbor at the Bentley Historical Library.


Newspapers – Michigan newspapers can offer all types of evidence about historical events, local history, court and legal notices, obituaries, and a lot more.

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