Pure Michigan Genealogy-The End

26 May 2013 8:15 AM Posted by Brenda L.

Pure Michigan Genealogy

Michigan Week has come and gone and I am at the end of my posts about 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.  Look at County GenWeb websites, too.  Most counties in Michigan have one.  The good ones have a wealth of information on them.  One great example is the Kent County Michigan GenWeb page. Looking at the Kent County page will give you an example of what kind of records and information are available in Michigan.
  • Check in 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.
  • 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!    
I used a variety of sources for the nine Pure Michigan Genealogy posts.  A bibliography is listed here for your use.

Bentley Historical Library, "Religion Subject Guide", University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library 

DeBoer, Shirley, M, NGS Research in the States Series:  Michigan, Arlington, Virginia:  National Genealogical Society, 2008.

Eichholz, Alice, Editor, Red Book, Provo, Utah:  Ancestry, 2004.

Family Search, "Research Outline:  Michigan", Harold B. Lee Library Brigham Young University.  BYU Family History Library 

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, 

"Scandinavian  Immigration", Harvard University Library, Immigration to the United States, 1789-1930.  

"Using Maps in Genealogy", United States GeographicalSurvey,

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.  I am posting a blog article every day this week as Michigan celebrates Michigan Week.  Michigan Week is a time when Michigan celebrates its' heritage.  The End concludes the series on Michigan Genealogy.  See below for the full list of posts.

  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

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