Michigan Periodicals

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The major genealogical periodicals for Michigan are:

  • Detroit Society for Genealogical Research Magazine. 1937–. Published by the Detroit Society for Genealogical Research, 5201 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202. (Family History Library book 977.4 C4de.) Volumes 1 through 30 are indexed.
  • Family Trails. 1967–. Published by the State Department of Education, Michigan State Library, Box 30007, Lansing, MI 48909. (Family History Library book 977.4 D25f.)
  • Michigana. 1955–. Published by the Western Michigan Genealogical Society, Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. (Family History Library book 977.4 B2m.) Some volumes are indexed.
  • Michigan Heritage. 1959–73. Formerly published by the Kalamazoo Valley Genealogical Society, Kalamazoo, MI. (Family History Library book 977.4 B2mh.)
  • Michigan Historical Collections. 1877–1929. Formerly published by the Michigan Historical Commission, Lansing, MI. (Family History Library book 977.4 H2m; films 844864–84; fiche 6051338.) Volumes 1 through 30 have printed indexes. The collection is commonly called Michigan Pioneer and Historical Collections, although it never actually had that title. The publication history is
    • Pioneer Collections. Vols. 1-9. Lansing: Pioneer Society of the State of Michigan & Pioneer and Historical Society of the State of Michigan (PHSSM), 1876-1886.
    • Historical Collections. Vols. 10-38. Lansing: PHSSM & Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society, 1886-1912.
    • Michigan Historical Collections. Vols. 39-40. Lansing: Michigan Historical Commission, 1915-1929.
    • 2nd ed. Vols. 1-21. 1900-13.
    • Collections of the Pioneer Society of the State of Michigan... 2nd ed. Vol. 6-8. 1907.
    • Collections: Report of the Pioneer Society of the State of Michigan... 2nd ed. Vol. 9. 1908.
  • Every volume of the former has had at least the 1st or 2nd editions digitized, but at present nowhere online is a complete digital collection available. Portions are available at

For nationwide indexes to some of these and other family history periodicals, see the "Periodicals" section of the United States Research Outline.

Some Michigan periodicals are also indexed in:

  • Quigley, Maud. Index to Family Names in Genealogical Periodicals. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Western Michigan Genealogical Society, 1981. (Family History Library book 977.4 A1 no. 307.)

Another useful source by the same author is:

  • Quigley, Maud. Index to Michigan Research Found in Genealogical Periodicals. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Western Michigan Genealogical Society, 1979. (Family History Library book 977.4 D22qa.)

For more family history periodicals, look in the Place Search of the Family History Library Catalog under:

MICHIGAN - PERIODICALS

MICHIGAN, [COUNTY] - PERIODICALS

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