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 Mossey Library, Hillsdale College 33 East College St., Hillsdale, MI 49242 has some records.
Some Baptist records are available at the college archives at Kalamaoo College, 1200 Academy St., Kalamazoo, MI 49006. Genealogy resources are limited, but they do have an obituary collection.
The Roman Catholic church records for the Archidioese of Detroit is housed on microfilm at the Burton Historical Collection at Detroit Public Library. A partial .pdf index is available online. Date ranges are 1704-1903.
The Diocese of Gaylord was established in 1971 and covers the northern part of Lower Michigan.
The Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids was established in 1883 and covers the counties of Ionia, Kent, Lake, Mason, Mecosta, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo, Oceana, Osceola, and Ottawa. They have an archivist at this diocese that will answer reasonable requests. Also included are all the student records of St, Joseph's Seminary in Grand Rapids from its opening in 1909 to its closure in 1981
This diocese was established in 1971 and covers the counties of Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren.
It was officially established in 1937 and covers the south-central counties of Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Hillsdale, Ingham, Jackson, Livingston, Lenawee, Shiawassee, and Washtenaw.
This diocese was established in 1857 and covers all the Upper Peninsula counties.
Christian Reformed Church of North America records are found at Heritage Hall, Hekman Library at Calvin College, 1855 Knollcrest Circle SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
The Burrage Library at Olivet College, 320 S. Main St., Olivet,MI 49076 is home to a few records of the Congregational church.
The Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan has information on this religion.
The Archives of the Episcopal Church has a general website.
A list of current Episcopal churches is available online.
A number of Episcopal church records are on file at the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
The Rabbi Leo M. Franklin Archives is one of the most comprehensive archives and the largest in Michigan.
The Lutheran Church in America Michigan Synod records 1914-1987 are available at the Bentley Library at the University of Michigan.
Many transcribed Lutheran records can be found in the Answer card catalog of the Library of Michigan. Check local genealogical societies in the area your ancestor lived for transcribed church records.
The Shipman Library, Adrian College, 110 S. Madison, Adrian,MI 49221 covers Detroit, Eastern Lower Peninsula, and Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Stockwell-Mudd Library, Albion College, 611 E. Porter St., Albion MI 49224 is the repository for United Methodist Church in Western Michigan.
Michigan Presbyterian records can be found at active churches in Michigan. Inactive churches are found at Presbyterian Historical Society, Philadelphia, Pa.
Vital records from seven Michigan locations can be found in Michigan Quakers: Abstracts of Fifteen Meetings of the Society of friends, 1831-1960 which is available at Michigan State University Library and Library of Michigan as well as other libraries and for purchase.
The Joint Archives of Holland at Hope College, 9 East 10th St., Holland, MI 49423 has a "Guide to Local Church Records in the Archives of the Reformed Church in America: Michigan." Other genealogy research is available here.
Andrews University houses the Center for Adventist Research at the James White library in Berrien Springs, MI. Holdings include Ellen G White writings, manuscripts relevant to the church, digital library, and periodical index.