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This guide is a step-by-step outline for those who are beginning their genealogy research. Begin with what you know and build your family tree with details from the census. Once you have basic facts in place, start looking for vital records to corroborate information from the census. Dates and locations gathered from vital records can help you trace family stories.
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These guides give an overview of material at the Archives of Michigan by subject. They typically contain a record group number or manuscript number, date range, and brief description of the content.
Architectural Plans and Drawings
Associations & Organizations Records
Bounties, Premiums, & Subsidies
Census Records I: State
Census Records II: Special
Circuit Court Records
Civil War Manuscripts
Depression Era Agencies
Diaries & Personal Journals
Election Records: State and Local
Fairs and Expositions
Game and Wildlife Records
Handicapped, Records about the
Infirmaries, Sanatoria, & Poor Homes
Legislative I: Special Committees
Legislative II: Standing House
Legislative III: Standing Senate
Libraries, Records on
Lumbering, Logging, and Forestry
Military I: War Records
Military II: Post War Records
Military III: Local Records
Minority I: African Americans
Minority II: Native Americans
Minority III: Asians and Hispanics
Pardons, Paroles, & Extraditions
Pollution, Records about
Probate Court Records
Public Land Grants/Private Claims
Public Officials: Civil-Military
Roads and Bridges
Rural Property Inventories
Scrapbooks and Albums
Shipping and Navigation
Swamp Lands Records
Task Forces, Councils and Boards
Women, Records relating to
Youths, Records relating to
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