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to Journey to the Past, I'm Brenda (Glover) Leyndyke and I believe researching your family history is a fascinating journey.

Michigan Resources

I am one extremely grateful genealogist because all eight of my great grandparents settled and had children in my home state of Michigan. My ancestors left records in a number of counties in Michigan, some of which I have yet to get to.  I have researched in a number of counties in Michigan, including Benzie, Calhoun, Jackson, Kent, Manistee, Marquette, Oakland, and Washtenaw.  Other counties my ancestors lived and left records in were Alger, Barry, Lenawee, Livingston, Muskegon, Osceola and Wayne.  Additionally, I have lived in six different counties: Berrien, Calhoun, Emmet, Huron, Kalamazoo, and Sanilac.  Overall, I have records to find in twenty of the eighty three Michigan counties.

I do not pretend to know all that there is to know about researching in Michigan, but I have discovered a lot over the past few years in my genealogical journey.  I wrote a series of nine blog posts, Pure Michigan Genealogy, that provided a lot of resources in various categories for researching in Michigan.

Below are the links to those information-filled posts that have more links of resources for those with Pure Michigan ancestry!

  1. Michigan History
  2. Migration and Immigration
  3. Records  
  4. Church Records and Cemeteries
  5. Archives, Libraries, Societies and Organizations
  6. What Else is There?  10 More Resources
  7. Maps
  8. Living History
  9. The End

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