The Archives of Michigan is the state archive for Michigan government and other public institutions. Most of their online indexes and records are hosted at Michiganology and some are at their site, Seeking Michigan. All digital collections at Seeking Michigan will eventually be transferred to Michiganology.


At Michiganology you can find:









At Seeking Michigan you can find:

  • State Census, 1827-1874,with the following counties and years:
    • Branch (1857, 1874)
    • Clinton (1864)
    • Eaton (1845, 1854, 1864, 1874)
    • Houghton (1864, 1874)
    • Lenawee (1845)
    • Kalamazoo (1874)
    • St. Joseph (1845)
    • Sanilac (1864)
    • Washtenaw (1827, 1845, 1854)


    • Date of death
    • First and last name of deceased
    • Color
    • Whether married, single, widowed, or divorced
    • Age in years, months and days
    • Place of death
    • Disease or apparent cause of death
    • Nativity of the deceased
    • Occupation, if over 10 years of age
    • If under that age, the names and residence of the parents, if known
    • Date of record
    • If married, age at first marriage
    • Parent of how many children
    • How many children are living
    • Birthplace (state or country if not born in Michigan)
    • Full names of both parents
    • Birthplaces of both parents
    • Proposed place and time of burial
    • Signature and address of reporter certifying above facts
    • Signature and address of undertaker


  • Surveyor Notes
    • Commonly referred to as GLO notes, these handwritten notebooks were done between 1815 and 1918, and encompass the majority of the State of Michigan. The land survey divided all public domain of the State into township parcels, each approximately 36 square miles and divided again into 36 one mile sections. The survey covered 1,400 townships with the State of Michigan, and used over 2,000 notebooks.
  • GLO Plat Map Collection



The Archives of Michigan has onsite collections that have not currently been digitized. You must call or visit the Archives to access these materials, including:

Abrams Foundation Historical Collection
The Abrams Collection emphasizes states east of the Mississippi River, including the Great Lakes region, New England, Mid-Atlantic and Southern states, and the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec. Some examples include:

  • County and local histories, cemetery transcriptions, vital record indexes, and much more from across the U.S.
  • Thousands of collective and individual family genealogies.
  • Birth, death, and marriage records for a number of states across the U.S., as well as and Ontario.
  • A large collection of historical directories for major U.S. cities.
  • Plat maps and Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for many eastern U.S. states.
  • Immigration records consisting of thousands of National Archives microfilms and a large collection of printed resources.

Primary Sources
The Archives of Michigan preserves and provides access to state and local government records, as well as private manuscripts. These primary sources include:

  • Naturalization records for most Michigan counties.
  • State government commission meeting minutes.
  • Committee records from the Michigan State Senate and House of Representatives.
  • Military records from the American Civil War to World War I.
  • Records from the original land surveys that laid out Michigan’s township and range system.
  • Approximately fifty thousand cartographic images and over a million photographs.


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