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Naturalization Index Project


The Archives of Michigan is pleased to announce the launch of a digitization and indexing project to make naturalization records from nearly 70 Michigan counties freely available online. In a partnership with FamilySearch, and with the support of the Michigan Genealogical Council, the Archives of Michigan is asking you to help transcribe key genealogical information from the records. Once completed, the collection – including both the images and index – will be freely available only at Seeking Michigan.


1. Download the Software

Are you ready to start indexing? Your first step will be to download FamilySearch’s indexing software. In the video tutorial to the right, Kris Rzepczynski, from the Archives of Michigan, walks you through how to download FamilySearch’s indexing software in order to transcribe these records. The more individuals, such as yourself, index these records the faster they will be available online.

Download the Software


2. Get a FamilySearch Account

You downloaded the software, but before you can start indexing you will need an account with FamilySearch. This is a free account and will enable you to see how much hard work you have done for the project! In the video tutorial to the left, Kris Rzepczynski, from the Archives of Michigan, walks you through how to set up an account with FamilySearch in order to transcribe these records.

Get an Account


3. Find the Project

You downloaded FamilySearch’s indexing software. You created an account with FamilySearch. Now it’s time to find the Michigan naturalization project in the indexing software. In the video tutorial to the right, Kris Rzepczynski, from the Archives of Michigan, walks you through how to find the Michigan naturalization project in the FamilySearch’s indexing software in order to transcribe these records.

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