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1870 Michigan Census Index
This Library of Michigan publication has gone online, offering full search capabilities to the index of the Michigan portion of the 1870 federal census. Search by last name and modify your search by first name, county, or township. An invaluable tool for researchers with Michigan ancestors.
Charlevoix Obituaries
Currently including 1998-2004, this project digitizes obituaries from local newspapers.
Cheboygan and Mackinac County Newspaper Surname Index
Though not comprehensive, this is a good starting point for searching for death notices in newspapers of Cheboygan, Mackinaw City, and Saint Ignace.
Crawford County Avalanche Newspaper Surname Index
A surname listing from this newspaper, currently covering 14 May 1879 through 17 Feb 1910.
Emmet County Genealogical Society
In addition to membership functions, the society is undertaking a cemetery transcription project for Emmet County, Michigan.
Macomb County Cemetery Master Index
Though not complete, this index covers many Macomb County Cemeteries. It is compiled from a variety of transcription projects. See the listing of included and excluded cemeteries for an idea of scope.
Macomb County Obituary Index
Covers obituaries from 1880 to present. This is a work in progress and thus is not complete in scope.
Michigan Cemeteries
A guide to the location of cemeteries in Michigan. It does NOT have any transcriptions or personal name information.
Michigan County Histories
Includes digitized historical publications centering on Michigan's counties. The goal is to digitize 192 histories dating from 1866 to 1926.
Michigan Genealogical Death Indexing System: 1867-1875
Over 80,000 Michigan death certificates have been abstracted and mounted on this website. This index covers from 1867 through 1874 with a portion of 1875.
Michigan GenWeb
A great starting point for Michigan research. Find resources by county.
Michigan Regimental Rosters from the Civil War
A compilation of names from the Michigan Soldiers and Sailors... set of 46 volumes. Search by regiment.
Michigan Vital Records
Information on how to get copies of vital records. Online ordering available.
Mount Clemens City Directory Index
A work in progress, this site gives access to names and addresses from the early 1900s in the city of Mount Clemens, Michigan.
Otsego County Library Newspaper Index
When you get to the site, click on the Newspaper Index link on the left, then enter the surname or name for a listing of results. Choose appropriate entries and click on the details button to get the full indexing information.
Saginaw Obituary Index
The Public Libraries of Saginaw maintains this index of obituaries from the Saginaw (Michigan) News.


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National & International

Ancestry.com
This site offers some free access to databases, including the Social Security Death Index, and some fee-based searching.
Canada GenWeb
Similar to the U.S. project, search for resources by province or territory.
Censuses from 1790 to 2000
This U.S. Census Bureau publication gives information about the decennial censuses, such as what questions were asked and the history of each census. Requires Acrobat Reader.
Cyndi's List
This huge collection of links is frequently updated and a great place to start.
Ellis Island Records
Search immigration records from one of the largest entry ports in the United States. Original ships' manifests are even available digitally.
FamilySearch
Search for your ancestors in this database from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. This is a beta test site, so it may be unavailable from time to time.
Family Tree Searcher
A site that formulates your search for multiple family tree web sites.
Free BMD
Free access to a database of Birth, Marriage, and Death records in England and Wales since 1837.
Freedmen's Bureau
A reference source for people with slave ancestors. These records have been difficult for most African Americans to trace in researching their genealogy. This site offers help with this challenging research.
Genealogy Mailing Lists
A special feature of this site is its links to genealogy mailing lists.
Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild
Browsable lists of transcribed passenger lists. Browse by name of ship, date, port of departure, port of arrival, captain's name, or surname.
Land Patents
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management now has a database of land patents available on the web. Search by name of purchaser or legal land description. There is no cost for basic information, but fees may be involved for copies of documents or the image viewer to see an image of the document. The database includes more than two million records from 1820 to 1908, but is not comprehensive.
Making of America
Full-text of over 1600 books and ten journals from the 19th century is available here. Search by name to find historical references to persons, then view the text from the book or journal.
National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Learn what's available at the NARA and how to access the records.
Panoramic Maps
View panoramic maps of U.S. and Canadian cities and towns from the period of 1847-1929. The site allows you to zoom in on sections of the maps.
ROOTS-L Library
Read articles on research techniques. Locate a local Family History Center. Link to other genealogy resources.
RootsWeb
Access a huge surname list, other search engines, and family trees submitted by other researchers.
Tombstone Transcription Project
Locate transcriptions from cemeteries around the United States.
USGenWeb
Search for records by U.S. state and then by county.
World GenWeb
Just like USGenWeb but for the rest of the world.
Yourfamily.com
Check this website to see if your family has its own webpage.


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Research Tips

Family Tree Maker
Find articles on doing research here.
Genealogy HomePage
Locate "how-to" articles here. Link to resources. Check the event schedule, or check out genealogy software.
Genealogy Toolbox
Many "how-to" articles on topics ranging from Handwriting help to gravestone rubbing.
Library of Michigan Genealogy and Local History Collection
Find help in how to get started with your research plus links to helpful resources and bibliographies.
NARA Getting Started
Learn helpful tips from the National Archives on how to start your genealogical research.
ROOTS-L Library
Read articles on research techniques. Locate a local Family History Center. Link to other genealogy resources.
U.S. Vital Records
Where to write to obtain vital records from states and counties in the United States.


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