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     Michigan is a Midwestern state of the United States of America. It was named after Lake Michigan, whose name is a French adaptation of the Ojibwe term mishigama, meaning "large water" or "large lake".

     Michigan is the eighth most populous state in the United States. It has the longest freshwater shoreline of any political subdivision in the world, being bounded by four of the five Great Lakes, plus Lake Saint Clair.  In 2005, Michigan ranked third for the number of registered recreational boats, behind California and Florida.  Michigan has 64,980 inland lakes.[7] A person in the state is never more than six miles (10 km) from a natural water source, or more than 87.2 miles (140.3 km) from the Great Lakes coastline.

     When Michigan was admitted to the Union on January 26, 1837, as the 26th state, it was primarily a fur-trading territory. Its rich agricultural resources were not developed until later in the century. Its industrial prominence dates from the beginnings of automobile manufacturing in the early 20th century.






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·         State Archives of Michigan, 702 W Kalamazoo St., P.O. Box 30738, Lansing, MI 48909-8238; (517) 373-1408

·         National Archives - Great Lakes Region (Chicago), 7358 South Pulaski Road, Chicago, Illinois 60629-5898; 773-948-9001; E-mail:

·         Archives and Historical Collections, Michigan Technological University  1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931; Phone number (906) 487-2505

·         Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202

·         Michigan Historical Collections, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan,  1150 Beal Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113

·         Archives and Regional History Collections, Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI 49008; Phone number (616) 387-3990

Source: Family History 101 States


·         The Historical Society of Michigan, 1305 Abbott Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823; (517) 324-1828,
Fax: (517) 324-4370, e-mail:

·         Western Michigan Genealogical Society c/o Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503-3268;Email -

·         Library of Michigan, : 702 W. Kalamazoo St, Lansing, MI 48909, See: for more information/services. Online reference services at:

·         Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859,

      Phone number (517) 774-3352 

·         Michigan Historical Collections, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan, 1150 Beal Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2113

·         Michigan Room, Grand Rapids Public Library, 60 Library Plaza, Grand Rapids, MI 49503; Phone number (616) 456-3640

·         Mid-Michigan Genealogical Society, MMGS; P 0 BOX 16033, Lansing, MI 48901-6033

Source: Family History 101 States


Library of Michigan


Mailing address: 702 W. Kalamazoo St., P.O. Box 30007, Lansing, MI 48909-7507,

Phone: (517) 373-1580, Fax: (517) 373-4480

Source: State Library Web Sites




Alcona Alger Allegan Alpena Antrim Arenac Baraga Barry Bay Benzie Berrien Branch Calhoun Cass Charlevoix Cheboygan Chippewa Clare Clinton Crawford Delta Dickinson Eaton Emmet Genesee Gogebic Grand Traverse Gratiot Hillsdale Houghton Huron Ingham Ionia Iosco Iron Isabella Jackson Kalamazoo Kent Keweenaw Lake Lapeer Leelanau Lenawee Livingston Luce Mackinac Macomb Manistee Marquette Mason Mecosta Menominee Midland Missaukee Monroe Montcalm Muskegon Newaygo Oakland Oceana Ontonagon Oscoda Otsego Ottawa Presque Isle Roscommon Saginaw Sanilac Schoolcraft Shiawassee St. Clair St. Joseph Tuscola Van Buren Washtenaw Wayne Wexford

Source: National Register of Historical Places










The following are surnames of persons, found within our databases,

as having been either born, married or died in this location.



McVicker; Moreland; Pinnell; Scruggs and allied families





Bozarth; Peiffer; Quigley; Rhubart and allied families


Dellinger; Knecht; Pfeffer; Silar and allied families



To find out more about each surname listed above click on the corresponding LINK.

Additional information regarding these surnames may also be found at:

  Surname Locator Resources



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Our Ancestral Counties


The following named counties are associated with the history of our DIRECT ancestors.   To select a specific ancestral county, click on the following link. Here you will find additional links to our county pages where you can obtain information about our family gen-sites, images of localities, and surnames of persons, in our database, who have lived in the selected county.










Use this LINK to find out more about the locations listed above.









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Gazetteer of Places

County Research


County Research

(General Info.)

The links below may assist you with your research within the various places of this state.


of Places

The following Link will take you to a gazetteer of this U.S. State that features profiles of cities, towns, neighborhoods and subdivisions.  In addition this site contains maps, data and directions for a wide variety of physical, cultural and historic features.


List of cities, villages, and townships in Michigan

Michigan Cities - profiles of 3,174 Michigan cities, towns & neighborhoods

Michigan Physical Features such as lakes, islands & steams

Michigan Cultural Features such as schools, parks, hospitals & airports

Michigan Civil Features such as Native Areas and Political Subdivisions

Search by Name, County, ZIP Code or Area Code

Source: US Cities & State Gazetteers


County Research



Clicking on a Link (below) will take you to the County’s website.  Here you will find additional links to more information specific to that location.    The USGenWeb Project also sponsors important Special Projects, at the national level, that were created to collect and disseminate data that goes beyond county and state lines.





Alcona;   Alger;   Allegan;   Alpena;   Antrim;   Arenac;   Baraga;   Barry;   Bay;   Benzie;   Berrien;   Branch;   Calhoun;   Cass;   Charlevoix;   Cheboygan;   Chippewa;   Clare;   Clinton;   Crawford;   Delta;   Dickinson;   Eaton;   Emmet;   Genesee;   Gladwin;   Gogebic;   Grand Traverse;   Gratiot;   Hillsdale;   Houghton;   Huron;   Ingham;   Ionia;   Iosco;   Iron;   Isabella;   Jackson;   Kalamazoo;   Kalkaska;   Kent;   Keweenaw;   Lake;   Lapeer;   Leelanau;   Lenawee;   Livingston;   Luce;   Mackinac;   Macomb;   Manistee;   Marquette;   Mason;   Mecosta;   Menominee;   Midland;   Missaukee;   Monroe;   Montcalm;   Montmorency;   Muskegon;   Newaygo;   Oakland;   Oceana;   Ogemaw;   Ontonagon;   Osceola;   Oscoda;   Otsego;   Ottawa;   Presque Isle;   Roscommon;   Saginaw;   Saint Clair;   Saint Joseph;   Sanilac;   Schoolcraft;   Shiawassee;   Tuscola;   Van Buren;   Washtenaw;   Wayne;   Wexford



County Research



Wikipedia is a multilingual, Web-based, free-content encyclopedia project based mostly on anonymous contributions. Clicking on a Link (below) will take you to the Wikipedia article about the county.  Here you will find additional links to guide the user to related pages with additional information.





Alcona · Alger · Allegan · Alpena · Antrim · Arenac · Baraga · Barry · Bay · Benzie · Berrien · Branch · Calhoun · Cass · Charlevoix · Cheboygan · Chippewa · Clare · Clinton · Crawford · Delta · Dickinson · Eaton · Emmet · Genesee · Gladwin · Gogebic · Grand Traverse · Gratiot · Hillsdale · Houghton · Huron · Ingham · Ionia · Iosco · Iron · Isabella · Jackson · Kalamazoo · Kalkaska · Kent · Keweenaw · Lake · Lapeer · Leelanau · Lenawee · Livingston · Luce · Mackinac · Macomb · Manistee · Marquette · Mason · Mecosta · Menominee · Midland · Missaukee · Monroe · Montcalm · Montmorency · Muskegon · Newaygo · Oakland · Oceana · Ogemaw · Ontonagon · Osceola · Oscoda · Otsego · Ottawa · Presque Isle · Roscommon · Saginaw · Sanilac · Schoolcraft · Shiawassee · St. Clair · St. Joseph · Tuscola · Van Buren · Washtenaw · Wayne · Wexford












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to assist with your research

about   this   U. S.   State. 






·           Website & Webpages We Like

·           Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

·           Free Genealogy Search Help For Google

·           Linkpendium > Genealogy > USA

·           Genealogy Gateway

·  (Reference Materials & Finding Aids)

·  - Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers


·        Cyndi's List - United States Index

·        IGI Batch Numbers - British Isles & North America

·        Libweb - Libraries on the Web

· - States and Capitals

·        RootsWeb Town Search 1.0

·        USA Resources at RootsWeb

·        StateGenSites - U.S. Genealogy Sites by State

·        The USGenWeb Project









·Michigan - Wikipedia

·Michigan (historical societies)

·Michigan GenWeb Project

·Michigan State Information (50

·Cyndi’s List (Michigan)

·Michigan State Facts and Information








The following Link will take you to our library of genealogy reference books that pertain to this U.S. State.   Here you will find books about the history and records of this State, as well as its counties and other localities such as towns and churches.   The collection also contains research works about State military units and personnel during America’s wars.  In addition, there are resource texts about the ethnic and religious groups who settled in this State.


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