Michigan Genealogy

This guide contains a sample of The Newberry's resources on this topic. To locate additional resources, please check our catalog or consult a reference librarian.


McGinnis, Carol. Michigan Genealogy: Sources and Resources. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1987 Call # Local History Ref F565 M34 1987 (2nd floor open shelf)

Wilson, Victoria.
Genealogist's Guide to the Capitol Region of Michigan
. Call # folio F565 W57 1987
Genealogist's Guide to the Middle of Michigan. Call # F564 W572 1987
Genealogist’s Guide to Northeastern Michigan. Call # folio F564 W57 1987
Genealogist's Guide to Northwest Michigan. Call # folio F564 W575 1986
Genealogist's Guide to Southwestern Michigan. Call # folio F565 W55 1987
Genealogist's Guide to the Thumb Area of Michigan. Call # folio F564 W573 1987
Genealogist's Guide to Upper Peninsula Michigan. Call # folio F572 N8 W55 1987

Atlases and Gazetteers

Atlas of Historical County Boundaries. Michigan. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1996. Call # Local History Ref G1201 .F7 A8 1993, Mich. (2nd floor open shelf).

Romig, Walter. Michigan Place Names. Grosse Pointe, Mich: 1973. Call # F901.757


Cyclopedia of Michigan. Detroit: Western Publishing and Engraving Co., 1890. Includes biographical sketches of prominent individuals in late-19th Century Michigan. Call# E4901.206


Michigan Cemetery Source Book. Lansing: Library of Michigan, 1994. Call # folio G1411 E6225 L53 1994. This book describes the locations of cemeteries in Michigan and also includes a bibliography of published cemetery transcriptions.


Federal census microfilm holdings for 1820-1880, and published statewide indexes for 1820-1870. All available on 2nd floor; ask at the 2nd floor reference desk.

Land Records

Land records [computer file]: AL, AR, FL, LA, MI, MN, OH, WI 1790-1907. Novato, CA: Brøderbund Software, 1996. Call # Local History Ref CD ROM 15 Local History (see CD ROM station next to genealogy reference desk). This database on CD ROM indexes records of lands sold by the Federal Government through the Government Land Office, Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior. It covers the period from the late-1700s to the early-1900s. Also available online.


Michigan Adjutant General's Department. Record of Service of Michigan volunteers in the Civil War, 1861-1865. Kalamazoo: Ihling Bros. 190-. 47 Volumes. Michigan Civil War records, indexed by Alphabetical General Index described below. Call # Local History Ref E514.3.M62 (2nd floor open shelf)

Michigan Secretary of State. Alphabetical General Index ...of Michigan Soldiers and Sailors. Okemos, Mich: M.A. Hogle, 1984. Reprint of 1915 edition. Indexes the Adjutant General's report. Call # Local History Ref E514.A46 (2nd floor open shelf).

Miller, Alice. Soldiers of the War of 1812 Buried in Michigan. (Ithaca, Michigan: 1962) Call # folio F901.899


Michigan Heritage. Vol. 1-14 (1959-1973). Ceased publication in 1973. Call # Local History Ref F561.M53 (2nd floor open shelf)

Vital Records

Michigan Death Records (1867-1882) are online. The Michigan Department of Public Health created this database and periodically updates it.