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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The Fr. Edward J. Dowling, S.J. Marine Historical collection is housed at the University of Detroit, Mercy. It has photographs, plastic and glass negatives, postcards, color plates, sketches, and paintings. It has detailed information on commercial ships on the Great Lakes.
Downward Bound honors those who worked on the Great Lakes. A photo gallery, biographies, obituaries, resources and online files are part of the website.
This collection is housed at the Milwaukee Public Library. It includes books, photographs, articles, ship files, log books, vessel plans, wreck reports and more.
George N. Fletcher Public Library, Alpena, MI houses this collection. It includes a Vessel Database, the SS City of Alpena logbook transcription project and the Thunder Bay Island and Middle Island Life-Saving Station / Lighthouse Logbooks transcription projects, and more.
Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, KY has ports, people, and vessels databases. Their manuscript collection has books, pamphlets, periodicals, drawings, maps, charts, and photographs.
The Jim Dan Hill Library at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, Superior, Wisconsin has a research collection relating to the Great Lakes.
Michigan has more lighthouses than any other state. Michigan has over 100 lighthouses along it 3200 miles of shoreline. This website has historical pictures, articles, and information on lighthouse keepers.