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Genealogy Research at the Library of Michigan and the Archives of Michigan

Welcome, researchers!

For those of you able to visit the Library of Michigan, local history materials, including: city and county histories, newspaper clippings, vital records, cemetery transcriptions and plat maps can be accessed during the Library's business hours. A librarian on staff would be happy to show you how to search our catalog for the best results.

Seeking Michigan, a freely available website founded by the Library of Michigan and the Archives of Michigan in 2009, includes:

  • Digital collections, including nearly 1 million Michigan death certificates (1897-1920) from the Library of Michigan's collection, state census records (1827- 1894), Civil War service records, and much more.
  • Research guides, including Getting Started, Immigration & Naturalization, Military Records, Vital Records, and Michigan county guides.
  • Indexes to naturalizations for more than 30 Michigan counties.
  • A Michigan County Clerks directory, complete with contact information and holdings overview.

For questions, please see the Archives of Michigan at

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