Genealogy: Michigan, Library and society resource list

Michigan, Library and society resource listBy Barry J. Ewell

As this article was being researched it became very clear that links to genealogy and historical societies, libraries, and archives are scattered throughout the web.  None of the resources are complete, yet all must reviewed to make sure you have not overlooked a possible source.  Many of the resources are compiled on lists of varying names while others are buried on page 50 of Google search. Rather than give you a few links and say “Go Fish” I chose to research and compile links to online state resources in the following categories:

  • State-wide Resources
  • University Archives and Collections
  • Public Library and Community Resources and Archives
  • Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives
  • Finding State Digital Resources and Collections
  • Digital Library Collections
  • Historical and Genealogical Society Online Web Pages

While I have sought to provide you a detailed compilation, I know that I have missed some resources.  If you don’t find you seek, I suggest you contact the library or society nearest your place of interest and see if they can help you locate resources that may not be not be online but can be contacted via other means.

**Important note about links:  The links that are presented below represent what was available during the research of this article.  If the link you seek is broken, simple copy the name of the library, society, archive, etc. and paste it into the Google search engine and you will be lead to the new link or copy and paste the name of institution in Google and find the URL.

State-wide Resources (3)

  1. Archives of Michigan:
  2. Library of Michigan:
  3. Michigan Genealogical Council:

University Archives and Collections (21)

  1. Andrews University. Greek Manuscript Research Center:
  2. Central Michigan University. Clarke Historical Library:
  3. Kettering University:
  4. Lake Superior State University:
  5. Michigan State University. Special Collections:
  6. Michigan State University. University Archives and Historical Collections:
  7. Michigan State University. Vincent Voice Library:
  8. Michigan Technological University:
  9. Northern Michigan University:   ttp://
  10. Saginaw Valley State University:
  11. University of Detroit Mercy:
  12. University of Michigan, Dearborn:
  13. University of Michigan, Flint:
  14. University of Michigan. Bentley Historical Library:
  15. University of Michigan. Clements Library:
  16. University of Michigan. Special Collections
  17. University of Michigan. Taubman Medical Library:
  18. Wayne State University. Purdy/Kresge Library:
  19. Wayne State University. Reuther Library:
  20. Western Michigan University. Archives and Regional History Collections:
  21. Western Michigan University. Special Collections:

Public Library and Community Resources and Archives (15)

  1. Albion–Albion Public Library:
  2. Berrien Springs–Andrews University, Center for Adventist Research:
  3. Deckerville–Deckerville Public Library:
  4. Detroit–Detroit Public Library:
  5. Flint–Flint Public Library:
  6. Grand Rapids–Grand Rapids Public Library:
  7. Jackson–Jackson District Library:
  8. Kalamazoo–City of Kalamazoo:
  9. Kalamazoo–Kalamazoo Public Library:
  10. Lansing–Library of Michigan:,1607,7-160-17449_18635—,00.html
  11. Milford–Milford Public Library:
  12. Monroe–Monroe County Library System:
  13. New Baltimore–MacDonald Public Library:
  14. Petoskey–Petoskey Public Library:
  15. Southfield–Southfield Public Library:

Historical Society and Special Interest Resources and Archives (12)

  1. American Museum of Photography:
  2. Archdiocese of Detroit:
  3. Archives of Michigan:
  4. Calvin College. Heritage Hall:
  5. Central Michigan University. Clarke Historical Library:
  6. Cranbrook Educational Community. Archives:
  7. Detroit Institute of Arts:
  8. Diocese of Gaylord:
  9. Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society:
  10. Plymouth Historical Museum:
  11. Sacred Heart Major Seminary. Rare Book Room:
  12. Saginaw Valley Railroad Historical Society:

Finding State Digital Resources and Collections (1)

  1. MeL – Michigan eLibrary:

This site contains a statewide library catalog and librarian-recommended web sites to all users. It also provides electronic databases and advanced search services to Michigan residents.

Digital Library Collections (8)

  1. Library of Michigan, The Making of Modern Michigan: Digitizing Michigan’s Hidden Past:
  2. Michigan State University, Matrix:
  3. African Digital Library:
  4. Michigan State University Libraries, Digital Sources Center:
  5. University of Michigan, Digital Library Production Service:
  6. Digital Library Collections and Publications:
  7. UMDL Text Collections:
  8. Digital General Collection:
  9. Humanities Text Initiative: