Research in Michigan (Revised and Updated)

Research in Michigan provides an overview of Michigan’s history and settlement patterns from its first French settlement in 1668 into the twentieth century. This comprehensive guidebook includes information on major research centers as well as locally-focused institutions. Family historians will find an excellent discussion of the court system and how to access the numerous published decisions. An extensive section on ethnicities features information on fourteen groups with ties to Canada and Europe as well as resources on African Americans, Arab Americans, Asians, Chaldean, Hispanics, Native Americans, Other sections cover maritime and township research; documents on orphans, prisons, and schools; and WPA publications.

Published by NGS, Research in Michigan is one volume in the Research in the States series edited by Barbara Vines Little, CG, FNGS, FUGA, FVGS. It is available for purchase in the NGS online store in both PDF and print versions.


The first edition of Research in Michigan was written by Shirley M. DeBoer. It has been updated and revised by Brenda Leyndyke, a board member of the Calhoun County (Michigan) Genealogical Society and the Michigan Genealogical Council. She is the author of an award-winning genealogy blog and lectures at societies in her area.