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Military Sources Page

Generals Phillip Sheridan, James N. Forsyth, Wesley Merritt, Thomas C. Devin, George A. Custer

From left to right: Generals Phillip H. Sheridan, James N. Forsyth, Wesley Merritt, Thomas C. Devin, George A. Custer

The Archives of Michigan contains primary material on Michigan's wars - from territorial days to World War II and beyond. Sources include records of the Michigan Executive Office and Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, as well as county and municipal government records and private papers. Genealogists, scholars, military history buffs and casual researchers can all discover useful information.


Abrams Foundation Grant Project

Thanks to the support of the Talbert and Leota Abrams Foundation, the Archives of Michigan can make Michigan military information more accessible than ever before. The Foundation has awarded the Archives a $33,000 grant. With this funding, the Archives has created and uploaded database name indexes to the web. These have greatly improved access to military collections of genealogical value.

A list of Archives of Michigan database resources appears below. All these were made possible by support of the Talbert and Leota Abrams Foundation.

The Foundation also funded the Civil War graves database, a project completed by a partnership of the Archives of Michigan and the Michigan Department, Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War. To access this index, scroll down to the "Michigan Department, Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War" section below.


Archives of Michigan Database Resources:

These were all made possible by the support of the Talbert and Leota Abrams Foundation.

Civil War Principals and Substitutes Index for Michigan

Michigan Civil War Soldier Images Database

Index of Spanish American War Medal Recipients: State of Michigan

Guest Register of World War I Michigan Clubroom (located in New York City)

World War II Honor List of Dead and Missing: State of Michigan


Michigan Department, Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War

The Archives of Michigan and the Michigan Department, Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) have been working together to create these Civil War name database indexes.

SUVCW Graves Database website.

Search for the final resting places of Michigan Civil War soldiers. Funding by the Talbert and Leota Abrams Foundation made this database possible.

Grand Army of the Republic Records Project - Michigan

Search for members of Michigan GAR Posts. Note that this is a work in progress, and for some posts, data is not yet available.


Archives of Michigan Military Records Search:

ANSWER Catalog Search

Click here to access the results of an ANSWER online catalog search for "military records." The search is limited to items housed within the Archives of Michigan.

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Resources Outside the Archives of Michigan

Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs - Veterans Information

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Database, National Park Service

National Archives Military Records Request Forms:

Federal Military Service Records (Pre-1913)

Federal Pension and Bounty-Land Application Files (Pre-1913)

Federal Military Service Records (Post-1912)


Click Archives of Michigan to visit the Archives of Michigan home page.

Archives of Michigan
Michigan Library and Historical Center
702 W. Kalamazoo Street
Lansing, MI 48913
Phone: (517) 373-3559 (Select option "3" from the voice menu)
E-mail: archives@michigan.gov

Updated 01/09/2013

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