Trace your Michigan ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide!
You’ll love this if:
- You’re getting started tracing your ancestors in Michigan
- You want new ideas and resources to get past a Michigan brick wall
- Your genealogy search is focused mainly on Michigan
Trace your Michigan ancestors with the advice and resources in our State Research Guide! This four-page download includes:
- a how-to article detailing Michigan’s history and records, with helpful advice on tracking your family there
- the best websites, books and other resources for Michigan research, handpicked by our editors and experts
- listings of key libraries, archives and organizations that hold the records you need
- timeline of key events in the state’s history
- full-color map to put your research in geographical context
Here’s a sampling of the helpful tips you’ll get in the Michigan guide:
- Settlers discovered rich copper and iron ore deposits in the UP during the 1840s. After the Civil War, the lumber industry flourished, and railroads transported Michigan’s timber, livestock and food throughout the United States.
- Various colonial (1710-1796), territorial (1810, 1827, 1834) and state censuses (1837-1969) exist for Michigan. You’ll find most of them in the Michigan State Archives.
- More than 90,000 Michigan men—23 percent of the state’s male population in 1860—joined Union forces during the Civil War.
Plus, each guide contains active web links for one-click access to every recommended online resource. You can view this PDF on your computer and print pages for reference.