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Michigan: Local History & Genealogy Resource Guide

Compiled by reference specialists at the Library of Congress, this guide identifies key print and online resources for pursuing family history, as well as state, county and municipal historical research, for the state of Michigan.


On January 26, 1837, Michigan became the 26th state to join the Union.

This guide offers a selection of resources and strategies for Michigan local history and genealogy research. These include the print and digital collections of the Library of Congress, as well as external repositories and web sites key to finding forebears in the Great Lakes State.

Cram & Stebbins. Official map of Michigan, railroad, township and sectional, prepared under the direction of the commissioner of railroads. 1885. Library of Congress Geography and Map Division.

About Local History & Genealogy Reference Services

The Library of Congress has one of the world's premier collections of U.S. and foreign genealogical and local historical publications, numbering more than 50,000 compiled family histories and over 100,000 U.S. local histories. The Library's genealogy collection began as early as 1815 with the purchase of Thomas Jefferson's library.