Michigan Genealogical Council
Michigan Genealogical Council
Michigan Research Tools
Michigan has a deep heritage that starts before 1600. The state is rich in resources for genealogists. Please use the links on this page to research your Michigan ancestors.
There are many genealogy-related websites. Michigan resources will be limited to those rich in Michigan records. We are excluding commercial genealogy sites and massive genealogy site indexes.
If you know of a free web resource that will aid those doing Michigan research or discover a broken, or obsolete, link, please send an email to info@mimgc.org 
NOTE: Due to the Covid pandemic not all repositiories are open in Michigan. Please contact the repository before visiting for hours and guidelines.
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This library is located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. It is the second largest genealogical collection in the U.S.
The J. Robert Van Pelt Library at Michigan Technological University, 1400 Townsend Dr, Houghton, MI 49931 covers Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon counties. This Upper Peninsula library has information on ethnic groups, Great Lakes maritime research, and mining company research. Their "Guide to Genealogical Sources" is a good place to start in this library.
The Archives and Regional History Collection, Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collection Center, 1650 Oakland Dr. Kalamazoo, MI 49008 is home to records from Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, Kent, Muskegon, Ottawa, St. Joseph, and Van Buren counties.
The Archives of Michigan is responsible for preserving the records of Michigan government and other public institutions. In fulfilling this primary mission, it serves as the collective memory of Michigan state government. In addition, after review, the Archives of Michigan also accepts papers from private individuals and organizations. It is located in Lansing, Michigan.
Bentley Historical Library at University of Michigan, 1150 Beal Ave., Ann Arbor, Michigan has manuscripts, maps, and resources for all of Michigan counties. Mirlyn is its online catalog,
This collection is housed at the Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48202. It has more than 4000 collections containing twelve million items including personal papers and records of businesses, churches and organizations.
The Clarke Historical Library is on the campus of Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI. Its collection covers Clare, Gladwin, Gratiot, Isabella, and Midland counties. It has one of the finest collections about Native Americans. The Northwest Territory collection includes books, manuscripts, microfilm, images, and maps. Clarke Historical Library is a closed stacks library. Clark is also home to the Digital Michigan Newspaper collection. See separate link under newspapers.
Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, Michigan is the repository for the Delta County Genealogical Society Collection. Delta county death records, nautical charts, and Canadian resources are available as well. Their collection emphasizes research in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
FamilySearch is a nonprofit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations. It provides records, resources and services to assist users in learning about their family history.
The Flint Public Library, 1026 Kearsley St., Flint MI 48502 has the second largest open stack genealogical collection in Michigan. Holdings include Genesee county, New England, New York, and Canadian resources.
Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library St. N.E. Grand Rapids, MI 49503 has archival and local history materials including maps, books, newspapers, censuses and more.
Local History and Genealogy Collection, Hoyt Library, 505 Janes Ave,. Saginaw, MI 48607 has extensive genealogical resources, materials on Saginaw history and the people who settled in the area. Ledgers, diaries, photographs, and scrapbooks combine with books, microfilms, and periodicals to help family history researchers.
Hope College, Theil Research Center, 9 East Tenth St., Holland, MI 49423 focuses on the history of Dutch American immigration and the Reformed Church. Two libraries, Joint Archives of Holland and A.C. Van Raalte Institute, holds records of importance to Dutch-Americans.
The Kresge Library, 2200 N. Squirrel Rd. Rochester, MI 48309 houses Oakland county collections.
The Library of Michigan, founded in 1828, has many collections of interest to genealogists. Centennial (1976) family certificate questionnaires, Sesquicentennial Pioneer Certificates (1987), territorial and state session laws, and Michigan Supreme Court Records are just a few of the collections held here. Current and historical materials, books, magazines, maps, and newspapers cover Michigan and the Great Lakes region.
Online catalog of the Library of Michigan and Archives of Michigan.
A collection of scanned books from the University of Michigan. This free collection has over 400 titles that were published before 1923.
MEL, hosted by the Library of Michigan.
A directory of Michigan libraries with contact information and website links.
The website of the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC and other locations in the United States. The NARA Chicago location has records of interest to the Great Lakes region.
Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives, 126 Harden Learning Resources Center, 1401 Presque Isle Ave, Marquette, MI includes resources from Alger, Delta, Dickinson, Marquette, Menominee, and Schoolcraft counties. Local government, naturalization, and church records, oral history collections, resource guides, and history of the central Upper Peninsula can be found here.
The Making of Modern Michigan is a collaborative with 52 Michigan libraries. It includes local history information from Michigan communities, including photographs, family papers, oral historiies, genealogical materials and more. A wonderful subject list is included.
The Upper Peninsula Digitization Center is a digital collection of the state's history. It includes historical photographs, Native American artifacts, shipping information, railroad schedules, and oral histories of the region.
Hope College, Theil Research Center, 9 East Tenth St., Holland, MI 49423 focuses on the history of Dutch American immigration and the Reformed Church. Two libraries, Joint Archives of Holland and A.C. Van Raalte Institute, holds records of importance to Dutch-Americans.