Genealogical Resources

Biography and Genealogy Master Index

Recommended for: Genealogy. Index only. Biography and Genealogy Master Index (BGMI) indexes current, readily available reference sources, as well as the most important retrospective works that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world. Bibliographic citations only — no full-text. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.

HeritageQuest Online

Recommended for: Genealogy, local history and biography researchers.
HeritageQuest Online includes all of the images, and extensive indexing, from the 1790 – 1930 U.S. federal censuses. It offers more than 22,000 digitized book titles, including early family histories and local histories. Additionally, there are more than 250 primary-source documents such as tax lists, city directories, probate records and more. It also includes Periodical Source Index (PERSI), Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, the Freedman’s Bank Records, and the U.S. Serial Set Private Relief Actions, Memorials and Petitions. Michigan residents or Michigan library access only.

Michigan eLibrary Geneaology Gateway

A collection of databases and links compiled by the Library of Michigan.  Whether you are charting your family tree, researching your ancestry or seeking information on family or social history, the resources you’ll find in this gateway will get you started or move you forward in your quest. Individual databases may be restricted to use by Michigan residents or access from within Michigan libraries.

Michigan eLibrary Michigana Digital Projects Portal

Gathered by the Library of Michigan, this is an ever-growing list of links to a huge array of digital archives, which may include, but are not limited to: photographs, correspondence, diaries, interviews, publications, personal narratives and memoirs, pamphlets, political speeches, sermons, songs, legal treatises, children’s books, maps, films, images, oral histories, and audio files.  Individual collections may be restricted to use by Michigan residents or access from within Michigan libraries.
Other Great Genealogy Resources

AfriGeneas:  African Ancestored Genealogy

American Family Immigration History Center (Ellis Island)’s Free Search Site

Bobbie’s Genealogy Classroom: Advice and Resources

Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet

FamilySearch (Latter-Day Saints)

Genealogical Society of Calhhoun County (Hosts the Obituary Sites of More Than 175 Leading Newspapers)

Michigan Death Records, 1897-1920 (Seeking Michigan)

Michigan Vital Records

Native American Indian Genealogy (Access Genealogy)

National Archives and Records Administration’s Genealogy Page

Obituary Daily Times (Index of Published Obituaries)

Online Searchable Death Indexes & Records (Listed by State and County)

Rootsweb Genealogical Data Cooperative

Social Security Death Index (RootsWeb)

United States Vital Record Information

U.S. GenWeb Project