Michigan Genealogy Resources
Many of the early settlers in Michigan were transplants from New England and New York who migrated via the Great Lakes. Michigan remained under Canadian martial law until 1787.
Archives of Michigan Circulars. Guides identify records on a
of the Michigan Digital Collections. Three digital
collections are available for searching or browsing: Civil War
images, early photograph collection, and former Michigan
Barry County Clerk's Office Vital Records Indexes. Birth and
death indexes start in 1867; marriage index in 1839.
- Bentley Historical
Library. Part of the University of Michigan.
County Clerk's Office Vital Records. Death index.
Burton Historical Collection. Part of the Detroit Public
Central Adoption Registry. Maintained by the Michigan
Department of Human Services, this site contains former parent
and adult former sibling statements giving consent or denial to
have information about themselves released to an adult adopted
Charlevoix Courier Obituary Database. 1997 to 2005.
Cheboygan County Index to Deaths and Marriages. Deaths, 1867
to 1933; marriages, 1869 to 1925.
- Clarke Historical Library.
Part of Central Michigan University.
Commercial Record has served the Saugatuck-Douglas,
Michigan community since 1868.
Dalby Database. A unique archive of various names indexed in
history books from the Owatonna Public Library, along with
church records, Civil War veteran records, city directories and
DeBoer, Shirley M. Research in Michigan. Arlington, Va:
National Genealogical Society, 2008.
- Deed Records, 1766-1918; Grantee-Grantor Index,
1700-1903, Wayne County, Michigan. Microfilm of original
records in the Wayne County courthouse, Detroit, Michigan. Early
deeds are written in French and English. Additional indexes are
at the front of some volumes. Filmed by the Genealogical Society
of Utah, 1974, 210 rolls, beginning with FHL film #926443.
- Detroit, Michigan Territorial Census, 1827. Microfilm
of typescript. Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1976,
1 roll, FHL film #928180.
Dibean Michigan Marriage Index. Is named for project
coordinators Jack and Marianne Dibean, who've been collecting
Michigan marriages for years. They now have more than 400,000
records in their index.
- Early Land Transfers, Detroit and Wayne County, Michigan:
1703-1869. Michigan Works Progress Administration, Vital
Records Project, Michigan State Library and DAR, Louisa St.
Clair Chapter, microfilm of original records (58 vols.) at the
DAR Library, Washington, D.C. Includes index. Filmed by the
Genealogical Society of Utah, 1971, 13 rolls, beginning with FHL
- "1827 Michigan Territorial Census, Wayne County." Detroit
Society for Genealogical Research Magazine, 19, 2 (Winter
- Family Tree Maker: Marriage Index Michigan and Wisconsin
1830-1900. Novato, California: Learning Co., 1998.
50 Best Michigan Genealogical Resources. Wide range of
resources covering different time periods and groups of people.
Frank S. Rowland Church Register, 1889-1917. Digital images
of a church register kept by Frank S. Rowland (1859-1917),
Methodist (Episcopal) minister. Reverend Rowland served
congregations in Hornellsville, Hartsville, Rochester, Buffalo,
and Olean, New York; Detroit, Michigan; and Winona, Minnesota.
The register contains marriages and burials. FamilySearch.
Heritage Society of Michigan. The French Canadian Heritage
Society of Michigan was founded in 1980 as an educational,
historical, cultural, and genealogical non-profit organization.
It seeks to make people aware of the rich culture and history of
French Canadians in North America, with special emphasis on
those who explored and settled in Michigan.
- Freund, Hanns Egon. Emigration records from the German
Eifel region, 1834-1911. Crystal Lake, Ill. : McHenry County
Illinois Genealogical Society, 1991. Alphabetical list of
emigrants from the Eifel region, "with major emphasis on those
emigrants whose final destinations were Illinois, Wisconsin and
GENDIS (Genealogical Death Indexing System). Michigan
Department of Community Health Death Index, 1867 to 1882.
Genealogy Research at the Library of Michigan
and the Archives of Michigan
Genesee County Clerk's Vital Records Services. Death index
begins in 1930; marriage index in 1963.
Genesee County Death Index. 1867 to 1930.
Genesee County Marriage Index. 1867 to 1934.
- Gorski, J. William. The J. William Gorski Polish
Historical & Genealogical Collection at the Michigan State
Library & Archives. Not for sale. This is an index to a
notable collection of Polish records in the Library of Michigan.
- Grand Traverse
County Records. Death and marriage indexes.
- Ingham County
Records. Death and marriage indexes.
Irwin I. Cohn Michigan Jewish Cemetery Index. Provides
burial information for over 64,000 Jews who died between the
mid-1800's and 1999.
Isabella County Online Vital Statistics Index. Births, 1867
to 1904; deaths, 1867 to 1924; marriages, 1857 to 1890.
Kalamazoo Public Library Local Indexes & Community Information.
Kalamazoo Gazette, complete subject and name index, 1972
to 2005; Kalamazoo Gazette obituaries, 1857 to 1888, with
more date information available from the
Kalamazoo Public Library. When searching the database,
select Local Indexes & Community Information under the library
drop-down menu and choose a subject search.
Cemetery Database. A listing of the text on every gravestone
in the county. Ongoing project.
Library of Michigan 1870 Census Index. The Michigan 1870
Census Index is an alphabetical list of the family names in
each household residing in every county and township in Michigan
Library of Michigan Genealogy Collection Guides.
Library of Michigan Genealogy Collection virtual tour.
Livingston County Michigan Death Index. 1867 to 1948.
County Cemetery Master Index. A guide to the cemetery
transcription work done by the Mount Clemens Public Library and
the Macomb County Genealogy Group.
- Macomb County Clerk.
Death index, 1867 to 1933.
Macomb County Obituary Index. Complete coverage, 1968 to
2004; some coverage, 1880 to present.
- Making of Modern Michigan.
Digitized local history materials, such as photographs, family
papers, oral histories and genealogical materials, from around
Manistee County Records of Death Index. 1869 to 1973.
- McGinnis, Carol. Michigan Genealogy: Sources & Resources.
2nd edition. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co.,
Michigan Births and Christenings, 1775-1995 – Name index to
birth, baptism and christening records from the state of
Michigan Births, 1867-1902 – Imaged Records – Name index and
images of Michigan statewide birth registration entries.
Michigan Cemetery Sources. Lists published cemetery
transcriptions located at the Library of Michigan. Identifies
the location of more 3,700 cemeteries in Michigan. Links to
online cemetery transcriptions.
Michigan County Clerks Directory. Contact information, hours
and genealogy research procedures.
County Histories. Digitized reproductions of Michigan county
atlases and histories dating from 1866 to 1926. Ongoing project.
Michigan County Marriages, 1820-1935 - Images of marriage
registers and certificates from county records. This collection
does not include the following counties: Alger, Alpena, Barry,
Eaton, Gladwin, Kalkaska, Kent, Lenawee, Missaukee, Monroe,
Montmorency, Oceana, Oscoda, Schoolcraft, and Shiawassee.
Michigan Death Index, 1867-97.
Michigan, Deaths, 1867-1897. Name index and images of
Michigan statewide death registration entries. FamilySearch.
Michigan, Death Index, 1971-1996. Index of deaths from the
Michigan Department of Vital and Health Records in Lansing.
Index provided by Ancestry.com. FamilySearch.
Michigan Death Records, 1897-1920. This Library of Michigan
collection of Michigan death certificates features nearly 1
million records. This statewide collection offers researchers
critical information in tracking Michigan ancestors during this
time period. Information includes the decedent's birth date and
place, parents' names and birthplace, cemetery name and
location, and much more.
Michigan Deaths, 1971-96. Ancestry.com. Fee. With
over 2.75 million records, the Michigan Death Index covers the
years from 1971 to 1996.
Michigan, Deaths and Burials, 1800-1995. Name index to death
and burial records from the state of Michigan. Microfilm copies
of these records are available at the Family History Library and
Family History Centers. This set contains 1,355,265 records. Due
to privacy laws, recent records may not be displayed. The year
range represents most of the records. A few records may be
earlier or later. FamilySearch.
Michigan, Detroit Manifests of Arrivals at the Port of Detroit,
1906-1954. This is an alphabetical card file manifest of
individuals entering the United States through the Port of
Detroit, 1906-1954. Includes a few records of persons entering
at Port Huron, Sault St. Marie, and other Michigan ports.
Corresponds to NARA Publication M1478: Card Manifests
(Alphabetical) of Individuals Entering Through the Port of
Detroit, 1906-1954. FamilySearch.
- Michigan Family
Genealogical Council: Member Organizations. Contact
information for member genealogy societies.
Michigan Genealogical Death Indexing System. The current
system contains information on 170,000 Michigan death records
from 1867-1884. Additional records for 1883 and 1884 have been
newly added to the system during the week of June 18, 2001.
GENDIS is updated regularly and reflects the most current
efforts of the genealogists and data entry staff.
Michigan Genealogist Newsletter. Genealogy newsletter
from the Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries.
- Michigan GenWeb
- Michigan Grand
Army of the Republic Records. List of known Michigan G.A.R.
records and location.
- Michigan -
Grand Traverse County Marriages Index.
Michigan Marriages 1822-1995. Name index to marriage records
from the state of Michigan. Microfilm copies of these records
are available at the Family History Library and Family History
Centers. Due to privacy laws, recent records may not be
displayed. The year range represents most of the records. A few
records may be earlier or later. FamilySearch.
Michigan, Marriages, 1868-1925. Name index and images of
marriages recorded in the State of Michigan between 1868 and
1925. In some instances, marriages were celebrated and recorded
in a county different from the county where the marriage license
was issued. FamilySearch.
Michigan Naturalization Record Indexes.
Michigan Newspaper Holdings at the Library of Michigan. List
of Michigan newspapers on microfilm, organized by county.
Michigan Obituary Project. Links to Michigan counties with
user-contributed, transcribed obituaries.
- Michigan Polonia.
Michigan, Probate Records, 1797-1973. Probate records from
county courthouses in Michigan. Most of the collection contains
estate files. The content and time period varies by county. Some
of the records date before 1837 when Michigan became a state.
Michigan State Census 1894. Name index of
the Michigan state census taken in June 1894. Due to destroyed
and missing records, in addition to a partial acquisition of
records, this collection includes the following counties: Barry,
Benzie, Bay, Dickinson, Emmet, Gratiot, Ingham, Iosco,
Kalamazoo, Kent, Keweenaw, Lapeer, Leelanau, Menominee,
Montcalm, and Washtenaw. FamilySearch.
Technological University Archives & Copper Country Historical
- Michigan Territorial Census, Detroit, 1827. compiled
by F.F.H. Witherell, microfilm of original published by the
Michigan State Library, 1960. Filmed by the Genealogical Society
of Utah, 1973, FHL film #927477.
Michigan Vital Records. Michigan birth, death and marriage
records since 1867; Michigan divorce records since 1897.
Michigan Vital Records: Adoptees Requesting a Birth Record.
Mount Clemens City Directory Master Index. Business and
personal names, 1896 to 1897, 1899 to 1906, 1911 to 1920.
Muskegon County Death Index. 1867 to 1965; in progress.
Newaygo County Local Records Database. Obituaries,
marriages, births, anniversaries and military service.
Michigan Death Records & Indexes. Guide to Web sites.
- Prins, Edward. Dutch and German ships : passenger lists,
1846-1856. [Holland, Mich.?] : E. Prins, 1972.ca. 300
leaves. Many of those on the passenger lists settled in
Holland, Michigan; no name index.
- Public Libraries
of Saginaw Obituary Index. The Public Libraries of Saginaw
maintains an index of over 200,000 obituaries from the
- Russell, Donna Valley, editor. Michigan Censuses,
1710-1830, Under the French, British and Americans. Detroit,
Michigan: Detroit Society for Genealogical Research, 1982.
Joseph County Death Index. 1867 to 1929; 1997 to 1998.
St. Joseph, Michigan Marriage Index, 1889-1925
Saginaw County Death and Marriage Indexes. 1995 to present.
- Saginaw News
Obituary Index. More than 200,000 obituaries. Project is
- Sault Ste. Marie
Evening News Index. Evening News, 1888 to present;
other Sault Ste. Marie papers, 1887 to 1903. Ongoing.
Southwest Michigan Obituary Index. More than 70,000 entries
through 2000. Includes newspapers from Allegan, Berrien, Cass,
Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties. Project is ongoing.
Statewide Search for Subdivision Plats. Includes all plats
in the State of Michigan beginning with the plats created under
the 1821 territorial act for recording town plats. From the
Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth.
Tuscola County Death Index. About 1872 to 1902
Washtenaw County Clerk/Register's Office. Death index, 1960
to present; marriage index, 1965 to present.
- Western Michigan
Genealogical Society Online Databases. Indexes to marriages,
obituaries and more.
- Western Michigan University Archives and Regional History.