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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A book, "A Fluid Frontier" by Karolyn Smardz Frost and Veta Smith Tucker describes experiences of the Underground Railroad and Detroit.
The Michigan Manual of Freedmen's Progress includes information on ancestry, children, education, marital status, occupation, and value of their property from a survey of African Americans, conducted in 1915.
Due to the close proximity of Ontario, Canada to Michigan there were close ties between the two. The Archives of Ontario is a valuable resource. Be sure to check out the Land Record Index, 1780-1920.
PDF list compiled by Joanne Harvey in 1990. This aid will help you locate the county a township is located in. The list is in alphabetical order by township.
The Finnish American Heritage Center and Historical Archives houses the largest collection of Finnish-North American materials in the world, including genealogical resources. it is also home to the Finnish American Folk School. It is located on the campus of Finlandia University, Hancock, MI.
The Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids, MI has .pdf guides for the following ethnicities: African American, Dutch, German, Irish, Latinx, Native American, and Polish.
The Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, MI covers the history of the Holocaust. Subject specialities are listed on their website. The Gayle Sweetwine Saini Memorial Library is housed here. It is the library of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Michigan.
A resource showing the diverse population of Michigan. Although no longer updated it still provides information of value.
A map showing the tribes of the Great Lakes, including Michigan.
Michigan State University has a Native Americans Research Study Guide with multiple tabs of information.
A Native American research guide by Patricia Wazny-Hamp is available.
The counties of Emmet, Isabella, Leelanau, Mackinac, and Oceana had large Native American populations. The Clarke Historical Library at Central Michigan University has many records.