Michigan Fast Facts and Key Resources

Michigan Fast Facts and Key Resources

Ready to learn more about your ancestors from the Water Wonderland state? Rely on these essential Web sites, books and archives to trace your Michigan roots.
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Statehood: 1837

First federal census: 1820

Available state censuses: Various colonial (1710-1796), territorial (1810, 1827, 1834) and state censuses (1837-1969)

Statewide birth and death records begin: 1867

Statewide marriage records begin: 1867

Public-land state

Counties: Except minor adjustments, boundaries set in 1897 at 83 counties

Contact for vital records:

Michigan Vital Records Office

333 S. Grand Ave.

1st Floor, Lansing, MI 48933

(517) 335-8666, <michigan.gov/mdch>


Cyndi’s List: Michigan

Michigan Family History Network

Michigan GenWeb Project

Seeking Michigan


  • The Detroit Almanac: 300 Years of Life in the Motor City edited by Peter Gavrilovich and Bill McGraw (Detroit Free Press)
  • Michigan: A History of the Wolverine State, 3rd revised edition, by Willis F. Dunbar and George S. May (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.)
  • Michigan Genealogy: Sources and Resources, 2nd edition, by Carol McGinnis (Genealogical Publishing Co.)
  • Michigan Place Names by Walter Romig (Wayne State University Press)
  • Sourcebook of Michigan Census, County Histories, and Vital Records edited by Carole Callard (Library of Michigan)

Archives & Organizations

Archives of Michigan – 702 W. Kalamazoo St., Box 30740, Lansing, MI 48909, (517) 373-1408

Bentley Historical Library University of Michigan – 1150 Beal Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109, (734) 764-3482

Detroit Public Library – 5201 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48202, (313) 481-1300

French Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan – Box 1900, Royal Oak, MI 48068

Historical Society of Michigan – 5815 Executive Dr., Lansing, MI 48911, (517) 324-1828

Jewish Genealogical Society of Michigan – Box 251693, West Bloomfield, MI 48235

Library of Michigan – 702 W. Kalamazoo St., Box 30007, Lansing, MI 48909, (517) 373-1580

Michigan Genealogical Council Box – 80953, Lansing, MI 48908

National Archives at Chicago  –  7358 S. Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL 60629, (773) 948-9001

For more information about the Great Lake State, head over to our Michigan State Research Guide.

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