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Michigan Lookups


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Michigan State Reference Books and Lookup Volunteers

WE NEED YOUR HELP!!
As you can see, we don't have a lot of information available for you.  If you have access to census records, or any other records that would be statewide in scope such as, military or shipping records, would you be willing to do lookups for us? If you are willing or have questions about volunteering, write the MIGenWeb State Coordinator: Jan Cortez.

Feel free to request a look-up from the following books. Please limit your request to one name per request. Please put Michigan State LOOKUP in the subject line of your request to insure the message is not overlooked or accidentally deleted. In the first line of the message please put the name of the book you are requesting the lookup in.

If you request a lookup, don't forget to thank your volunteer for their time.

Categories of Lookups

 

Census Lookups
State of Michigan & US
 


Reference Lookup Volunteer Comments
U.S. census index 1607-1880 Gwen Woods I'd also be willing to go to the FHC and do census look ups
Michigan Censuses 1710-1830 Under the French, British, and Americans Donna Mihal The book was printed for the "Detroit Society for Genealogical Research Inc." Detroit 1982.
1850 Michigan Census Index Marc Archer Let's be clear:
an INDEX only lists head of household,
One surname per request, please!
1850 Michigan Census Gwen Woods Marquette, Macomb, Mackinac and Midland Counties only if you have the County and Township, please.
1850 to 1910 Michigan Census Bunny I could do look-ups for Palmatier & variant spellings in the Michigan Federal Census 1850 through 1910.
1870 Michigan Census Index 1870 Census Index for the State of Michigan:  This is a searchable site, utilizing the 10 volume index for the state.  Courtesy of the Library of Michigan

 

General Michigan State Lookups


Reference Lookup Volunteer Comments
Pioneering Michigan by former Detroit News writer Eric Freedman. Pam Groleau Leonard Willing to send chapters from the book. Each short chapter describes a couple who settled in Michigan. The couples are listed here. (No longer listed.)

Michigan Ghost Towns (of the Lower Peninsula), by R. L. Dodge

Michigan Place Names by Walter Romig

Mary Jean Baker I have these three books which are important to people researching in Michigan.  Please keep requests specific.
Michigan Place Names
by Larry B. Massie
Michele Wingerter  
General Land Office CD Jeannine Cascadden  Please put "GLO-look up"
be put in the subject line so Jeannine does not overlook it. 
Northwestern University, Years of 1927,28, 29 JoAnn Romine Have pictures and literature. even some advertising.

 

 Kent County Records Lookups  

Reference Lookup Volunteer Comments
 A Collection of Portrait Pen Sketches (about 220 of them) Chi Benedict  These are from 'We Have With Us Today' from Razzing the Rapids Page by Ray Barnes, G. R. Sunday Herald
150 Years Alpine
Township History
Janice Ringold Alpine Tp., Kent County, MI
Holy Trinity Parish Alpine-Sesquicentennial Janice Ringold Alpine Tp., Kent County, MI
Grandville Cemetery
Wyoming Tp., Kent County, MI 
Karen Anderson Willing to do lookups in the cemetery records.
Grand Rapids City Directories
1912, 1917, 1923, 1928, 1932, 1937, 1957 and 1965
Karen Blumenshine
 

 

I will look up information in these directories and will email the information to you.
 Central High School Yearbooks
1918, 1919, 1921, 1940
Dougdebarry@comcast.net  I am willing to scan photos and autographs and will send them via .jpg or Bitmap format

 

Other Lower Peninsula
Counties Than Kent 

Records Lookups

 

Michigan Ghost Towns (of the Lower Peninsula), by R. L. Dodge

Michigan Place Names by Walter Romig

Mary Jean Baker I have these three books which are important to people researching in Michigan.  Please keep requests specific.
Michigan Place Names
by Larry B. Massie
Michele Wingerter  
150Years- St.Mary's Church
Westphalia, MI
Janice Ringold Cordes Family of Alpine Tp. originally from here.
Tuscola Co., Old Arbela Cemetery a.k.a. Newton Cemetery records  Elise Anderson I was recently sent the listing for people buried in the old Arbela Cemetery known as Newton Cemetery. This list includes names of people buried there without headstones. I think I also have a fairly current list of Cemetery Sextons and their address's that might be of help. 
Southeastern Michigan Pioneer Families Especially Livingston County and New York Origins Compiled by Helen F. Lewis 1995 Sara Bacon  This is mostly about Livingston Co. 
"Southeastern Michigan Pioneer Families (Especially Livingston
County and New York Origins)" Compiled by Helen F. Lewis.
Anita Lyte Williams
This book features LIVINGSTON CO. MICHIGAN Pioneers...many of whom came from NY. It is NOT a book about New York. Happy to do look-ups on specific Given/Surname. Limit two to a request, please. Please state book title in Subject Line.
THE FARM JOURNAL ILLUSTRATED RURAL DIRECTORY OF GENESEE COUNTY 1919 - 1924; MICHIGAN OFFICIAL DIRECTORY 1901 - 1902; MICHIGAN OFFICIAL DIRECTORY 1903- 1904. Judy Sedlacek The rural directory has a listing (I believe) of all the rural residents of Genesee County during the years of 1919 - 1924.  The entries contain the name, location of residence, spouses' name, number of children, etc.

 

Upper Peninsula 
Records Lookups


 

Michigan Ghost Towns (of the Lower Peninsula), by R. L. Dodge

Michigan Place Names by Walter Romig

Mary Jean Baker I have these three books which are important to people researching in Michigan.  Please keep requests specific.
Michigan Place Names
by Larry B. Massie
Michele Wingerter  
Vital Records for all Eastern U.P. (MI) Counties  "Alex" aka Florence "Alex" Meron
These lookups are only valid for a fairly unpopulated portion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. They are NOT for the whole state. 
I have a very extensive library ranging from from Census to Vital Records on microfilm, filmed by myself, for local county court clerks, from indexes to actual original vital records. Collections contain cemetery, tombstone, immigration, birth, death, marriage, land, obits 1880 to present day. All indexed. 
"Biographical Record" copyright 1903. Biographical Sketches of LEADING Citizens of  Houghton, Baraga and Marquette Counties (ONLY)
Joan K. LeVeque
Please note the counties listed and request for ONLY those counties in the Upper Peninsula.
"Memorial Record of the Northern Peninsula of Michigan" copyright 1895.  Again this is indexed and has only early settlers and prominent men
Joan K. LeVeque
Please note the counties listed and request for ONLY those counties in the Upper Peninsula.
"History of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan" copyright 1883, including Baraga, Chippewa, Delta, Houghton, Keweenaw, Mackinaw, Marquette, Menominee, Ontonagon, Schoolcraft. 
 
Joan K. LeVeque
It includes Biographical sketches, portraits of prominent men and early settlers. Please note the counties listed and request for ONLY those counties in the Upper Peninsula.

 

 Other States or Countries
Records Lookups

 

Ontario marriages for Lafontaine (1856), Penetanguishene ( 1835) and Perkinsfield (1908)
Cathy Obeshaw
The migration of voyageurs from Drummond Island to Penetanguishene in 1828.
Cathy Obeshaw
Northwestern University, Years of 1927,28, 29 JoAnn Romine  


Michigan State War 
Records Lookups

 

Reference Lookup Volunteer Comments
8th Michigan Infantry service records Mila Powell This is a book that lists all of the service records for those in the 8th MI Infantry in the Civil War Indexed.
Michigan Soldiers in the Civil War - all volumes Mr. Kim Leese I have access to all the volumes of the Michigan Soldiers in the Civil War and I can do index searches and I also have a large extensive Civil War library here in my home. I'm listed on the Saginaw county page. I have a lot of experience in the Civil War era and can answer many questions if you need someone to look up names in the indexes.

 


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