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Michigan and Detroit Selected Genealogical Resources

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U.S. Census Records, 1790-1830

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Michigan Census Records

Michigan censuses 1710-1830 under the French, British and AmericansReference Desk, 977.4  929.3  M582
1884 Michigan census, Schedule I, Inhabitants of Wayne County (excluding Detroit).Originals in MS/Mich. Archives—Census
BHC microfilm #439
State censuses of Michigan: a tragedy of lost treasures.  In Family Trails, v. 6, no. 1, pp. 1-29929  F208a

Detroit and Wayne County

Vital Records

Births

Birth records from the Archives of Wayne County, ca. 1867-70, 4 vols.977.4w4  929.3  D2Lb

Marriages

Marriage records from the archives of Wayne County, 1832-1869, 11 vols.977.4w4  929.3  D2Lm
Wayne County marriage returns, 1803-1867BHC microfilm #1508
Wayne County marriage returns, 1868-1893BHC microfilm #1567

Deaths

Death records of the Detroit Board of Health, 1835-70977.4D4  929.3  D2LD
Detroit death index, 1920-currentMicrofiche
Burial transit permits, 1941-1953Manuscript (finding aid includes name index)
Wayne County coroners' files, 1865-1906Manuscript (finding aid includes name index)
Wayne County death record index, 1934-1939: An index to original records held at the Burton Historical Collection, 4 vols.929.37743  W367
Wayne County death record index, 1940-1944: An index to original records held at the Burton Historical Collection, 2 vols.929.37743  W368
Wayne County death record index, 1945-1949: An index to original records held at the Burton Historical Collection929.37743  W369
Wayne County death record index, 1950-1953: An index to original records held at the Burton Historical Collection929.37743  W370

General

Detroit and Michigan biography indexCard catalog
Marriage and death newspaper notices, Wayne County, Michigan, 1809-1868929.37743  L174m
Vital records from the Detroit Free Press, 1831-68977.4D4  929.3  D2Lv
Vital records from the Detroit Gazette, 1817-1830977.4D4  929.3  D42vK
Vital records of Wayne County, Michigan (includes Elmwood Cemetery inscriptions, Michigan  marriage records, 1818-1840), 2 vols. 977.4w4  929.3  D2Lv


Detroit City Directories

1837
1845-1846
1850-1941
1953 (West side)
1954 (East side)
1956 (West side)
1957 (East side)
1958 (West side)
1963 (East side)
1964 (East and West side)
1965 (West side)
1967 (East side)
1968 (East and West side)
1969 (West side)
1970 (East and West side)
1973 (West side)
1974 (East side)

Yearbooks

Many, but not all, Detroit high school yearbooks.

Catholic Church Records

Vital records of Wayne County, Michigan (includes Elmwood Cemetery inscriptions, Michigan  marriage records, 1818-1840), 2 vols. Microfilm
Registre de Ste. Anne Church, 1704-1848, 7 vols.977.4D4  282  S134r
Marriage records, Ste. Anne Church, Detroit, 1701-1850.929.37743  M349
Registre des paroisses exterieures (exterior parishes), 1810-33.977.4D4  282 S134rE
Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, v. 18-19 (Catholic parish at Mackinac, 1695-1821)977.5 W7hc
Registre de la Paroisse de l'Assumption, 31 Aug 1752-31 Dec 1824, 3 vols. (Assumption Parish in Sandwich, present day Windsor)971.3S22 282 A8r VAULT

Protestant Church Records

All Saints Episcopal, 1837-1958 (formerly Zion Episcopal, Pontiac, Michigan)BHC microfilm #1619
Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Detroit, 1911-1969BHC microfilm #1167
Central Methodist Church, 1820-1970Manuscript
Christ Church, 1846-1906BHC microfilm #904
First Presbyterian Church, 1833-1963Manuscript
St. John Evangelical and ReformedBHC microfilm #1490, #1578
St. Matthew's and St. Joseph's Episcopal Church, Detroit, 1894-1975BHC microfilm #1068
Second Baptist Church, Detroit, 1935-1979BHC microfilm #1069

 Cemetery Records

Detroit City Cemetery burial records, 1854-1861: Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan (Original records at Burton Historical Collection)929.37743  D912d
Elmwood Cemetery records, 1853-1865977.4D4  929.3  E4D2Lc
Elmwood Cemetery record of interments, 1846-1992BHC microfilm #1583
Elmwood Cemetery register, 1862-1874 (Original records at Burton Historical Collection)929.37743  I12e
Mt. Elliott Cemetery burial records, 1845-1861 (Original records at Burton Historical Collection)977.4D4  929.3  M8D9
Mt. Elliott Cemetery record of interments, ca. 1865-1997BHC microfilm #1593
Woodmere Cemetery: the first twenty years, August 1868- September 1888, 3 vols.929.5  W859

Immigration and Naturalization


Card manifests of entries through the Port of Detroit, 1906-1954BHC microfilm #1511
Naturalizations from Detroit Recorders Court, 1854-1906BHC microfilm #1257
Declarations of intent from Detroit Recorders Court, 1860-1906MS/Detroit Recorders Court
Passage to America, 1851-1869: the records of Richard Elliott, Passenger Agent, Detroit, Michigan (Original records at Burton Historical Collection)929.37743  E46p

Land Records

Early land transfers, Detroit and Wayne County, 1703-1869, 53 vols.977.4w4  929.3  D2L1

Probate Records

Index to Probate Court (Wayne County) estate packets, 1797-1901BHC microfilm #1571
Probate records from the Archives of Wayne County, Michigan, (prior to 1870), 5 vols.977.4w4  929.3 D2Lp

Manuscripts


Charles I. Kanter papers (German American Bank), 1868-1885
Children's Aid Society, Detroit, 1860-1942 (Note: Children's Aid Society admissions and departures, October 1862-1868, have been transcribed and published in Record of the Juvenile Inmates of the Home for the Friendless)977.4D4  929.3  I12r2
Children's Home of Detroit, 1836-1969
Detroit House of Corrections register of prisoners, 1861-1983
Detroit notarial records, 1737-1795

Michigan

Vital Records

Marriages

Michigan index to marriages, 1872-1921  BHC microfilm #936
Michigan marriages to 1850Ancestry.com
Michigan marriages, 1851-1875  Ancestry.com

Deaths

Michigan index to deaths, 1867-1914BHC microfilm #935
Burial transit permits, 1941-1953Manuscript (finding aid includes index)
Michigan death index, 1971-1996Ancestry.com

General

Daughters of the American Revolution Bible and pioneer records977.4  929.3  D2
Detroit and Michigan biography indexCard catalog

Magazines

Michigan History977.4  M5hm
Flint Genealogical Quarterly977.4F64 929 F6
Michigan Heritage977.4F64 929 F6
Historical Collections of the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society977.4  M58pc

City Directories

The collection has directories for some communities outside Detroit, in particular, Flint and Grand Rapids.  Flint directories include 1885 and scattered years 1868-1954.  Grand Rapids directories include scattered years from 1868-1954, but complete from 1888-1922.

Telephone Directories

The Burton Historical Collection has an extensive collection covering virtually every town in the state. The most complete set is for Detroit beginning in 1878.  Telephone books for other towns generally begin about 1939 and run through the 1980s.

Military Records

Michigan's early military forces: a roster and history of troops activated prior to the American Civil War355.57
M825
Reference Desk 

Civil War

Index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the State of MichiganBHC microfilm #1407
Index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served with U.S. colored troopsBHC microfilm #783
Records of service of Michigan volunteers in the Civil War, 1861-1865977.4  355.07  M5r
General index to pension files, 1861-1934BHC microfilm #1324
List of Pensioners on the roll, January 1, 1883, 5 vols.351.507  U5p

World War I

World War I selective service system draft registration cardsBHC microfilm #1623
World War I census card index for MichiganBHC microfilm #1582

World War II

Michigan casualties of World War II977.4  355.091  D48
Michigan World War II service awardsCard catalog

Korean War

Michigan Korean War casualtiesCard catalog

Biography

Michigan biography index977.4  920  D4pL

Ships Passenger Lists

Crew lists of vessels arriving at Algonac, Marine City, Marysville and Roberts Landing, Michigan, May 1937- January 1957BHC microfilm #1645
Crew lists of vessels arriving at Escanaba, Michigan, May 1946-November 1956BHC microfilm #1646
Crew lists of vessels arriving at DeTour, Michigan 1946-1956BHC microfilm #1647
Copies of lists of passengers arriving at Atlantic and Gulf Coasts and on the Great Lakes, 1820-1873BHC microfilm #1329
Passenger and immigration lists index: a guide to published records of more than 4,444,000 immigrants who came to the new world between the sixteenth and the mid-twentieth centuries.  Includes cumulated supplements.929.3  P262

Territorial Michigan

Territorial papers of the United States, Northwest Territory,  1796-1803, v. 2-3 973.03  U5t 
Territorial papers of the United States, Michigan Territory, 1805-1837, v. 10-12973.03  U5t


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