Michigan Archives and Libraries

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The following archives, libraries, and societies have collections or services helpful to genealogical researchers.

State Archives of Michigan

Department of State
717 West Allegan
Lansing, MI 48918-1837
Telephone: 517-373-1408

National Archives

National Archives Great Lake Region (Chicago)
7358 South Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL 60629
Telephone: 312-581-7816
National Archives at Chicago and Dayton

Libraries and Archives

Library of Michigan
702 W. Kalamazoo St.
P.O. Box 30007
Lansing, MI 48909-7507
Telephone: 517-373-1300
Email: librarian@michigan.gov
Hours: Monday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm

Archives of Michigan
702 W. kalamazoo Street
Lansing, Michigan 48913
Telephone: 517-373-1408
Email: archives@michigan.gov
Hours: Monday - Friday 1 - 5 pm

The Michigan Genealogical Council has published Guide to the Michigan Genealogical and Historical Collections at the Library of Michigan and the State Archives of Michigan. This book is organized by county and then by towns within the county. It lists county and church histories, atlases, censuses, newspapers, vital records, indexes to transcribed cemetery records, land records, probate records, naturalization records, church records, genealogical and historical society newsletters, and various other genealogical materials located at the two facilities. The book is also available at the FHL film 2055576 item 9; book 977.4 A3g both in book and microfilm. (See the "Societies" section for the address of the Michigan Genealogical Council.)

Bentley Historical Library
University of Michigan
1150 Beal Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113
Telephone: 313-764-3482

Burton Historical Collection
Detroit Public Library
5201 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
Telephone: 313-833-1480

An inventory of this collection is:

Sprenger, Bernice Cox. Guide to the Manuscripts in the Burton Historical Collection. Detroit, Michigan: Detroit Public Library, Detroit, Michigan1985. (Family History Library FHL book 977.4 A3sb.)


A useful guide to other collections of Michigan is
Stevens, Wystan. Directory of Historical Collections and Societies in Michigan. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Historical Society of Michigan, 1973. (Family History Library FHL book 977.4 H24s; film 924606 item 13.)

The Family History Library has other guides to archives with genealogical collections. For example, the library has numerous state and local inventories compiled by the Historical Records Survey and indexes to the manuscript holdings at the Library of Michigan.

Web Sites

You can find computerized research tips and information about ancestors from Michigan in a variety of sources at local, state, national, and international levels. The list of sources is growing rapidly. Most of the information is available at no cost.

Addresses on the Internet change frequently. The following sites are important gateways linking you to many more sites:


A cooperative effort by many volunteers to list genealogical databases, libraries, bulletin boards, and other resources available on the Internet for each county, state, and country.


A useful list of sites and resources. Includes a large, regularly-updated research coordination list.

[www.genealogytoolbox.com Helm's Genealogical Toolbox]: Michigan

Lists genealogical societies, mailing lists, and publications.

Cyndi Howell's List

Extensive links to other Internet sites touching on Michigan family history.


The Family History Library and some Family History Centers have computers with FamilySearch™. FamilySearch is a collection of computer files containing several million names. FamilySearch is a good place to begin your research. Some of the records come from compiled sources; some have been automated from original sources.

Computers with FamilySearch do not have access to computer on-line services, networks, or bulletin boards. However, those services are available at many public libraries, college libraries, and private locations.