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

    For those of you able to visit the Library of Michigan, local history materials, including: city and county histories, newspaper clippings, vital records, cemetery transcripts, 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.

    Our County Guides provide a list of selected resources from our collections covering each Michigan county.

    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 contact the Archives of Michigan at