Pure Michigan Genealogy
Michigan Resources Update: 24 January 2022
As of today, the Pure Michigan Genealogy posts have been updated and broken links fixed. If new information is available since 2018, when I first started this series, I added it. Many websites that I had linked to changed. The biggest change was Seeking Michigan to Michiganology. If you are looking for a Seeking Michigan page, you will need to use the Wayback Machine at Internet Archive. Not all the information that was on Seeking Michigan has been transferred to Michiganology. Some of it will be found on the Archives of Michigan website. I plan a future blog post about how to use, and find items in, Michiganology and the Archives of Michigan websites.
Family Search website links had changed as well. If a link could not be found I deleted the information. I will continue to check for broken links. I will try to do a better job of timely updates. Brenda
This is my ninth and final post on researching in Michigan, my home state. I tried to give you an overview of what is available when researching ancestors in Michigan. The eight posts on Pure Michigan Genealogy is in no way a complete list of everything in Michigan. That would take a book, and there is a good one-Michigan Genealogy, 2nd edition by Carol McGinnis. I could never top what she has written. If you think I could help you with your Michigan research, please email me or leave a comment. I hope you have enjoyed my Pure Michigan Genealogy as much as I have enjoyed sharing it with you.
I have a few general comments about researching Michigan ancestors.
- Don't underestimate the importance of county level records and repositories. County government is central to Michigan genealogy research. Vital records, land, property, probate, etc. are kept at the county level. Many Michigan counties have genweb websites. Check out the Kent County one, to see the variety of records one may find in their research by using Genweb.
- Check the area you are researching for local genealogical societies, historical societies and libraries. Put google to work for you! Many genealogical societies have an online presence and accept queries for their newsletter, some have volunteers to look up information. Historical societies know what is available and where to find it for their locality or can guide you where to go next. Many libraries have a local history section. Check the library's online catalog, if available. Tap into this valuable resource.
- Don't forget about the value of social media. Libraries, Archives, Societies, and Cities have pages or groups on Facebook. Check the Genealogy on Facebook .pdf for thousands of Facebook links. Ask your questions in the area you are researching.
- Come to Michigan. Visit our state library and archives, all in one building. Roam our cemeteries, explore our courthouses, and check out our local libraries. After a day of rewarding research, Michigan has even more to offer. Beautiful sunsets, sandy beaches, clear blue lakes, historic islands, rocky cliffs, and great people are yours to explore in Pure Michigan!
My Michigan Genealogy SourcesI used a variety of sources for the nine Pure Michigan Genealogy posts. A bibliography is listed here for your use.
DeBoer, Shirley, M, NGS Research in the States Series: Michigan, Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2008. Revised and updated 2018 by Brenda Leyndyke
Eichholz, Alice, Editor, Red Book, Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004.
Family Search Wiki, "Research Outline: Michigan",
Holick, Jennifer, Legacy QuickGuide Michigan Genealogy, Surprise, Arizona: Millenia Corportation, 2013.
McGinnis, Carol, Michigan Genealogy: Sources and Resources, Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 2005.
"Michigan Land and Property", Family Search Research Wiki,
https://www.familysearch.org/wiki/en/Michigan_Land_and_Property: (accessed 24 January 2022).
"Scandinavian Immigration", Harvard University Library, Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930.
http://ocp.hul.harvard.edu/immigration/scandinavian.html: (accessed 1 March 2018).
"Using Maps in Genealogy", United States GeographicalSurvey,
https://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2002/0099/report.pdf: (accessed 1 March 2018).
VanderHill, Warren C. Settling the Great Lakes Frontier: Immigration To Michigan, 1837-1924. Lansing, Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission, 1970.
Pure Michigan Genealogy is a series of posts on researching in Michigan. The End concludes the series on Michigan Genealogy. See below for the full list of posts.