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Genealogy Outside the Library of Michigan
Abrams Collection Genealogy Highlights
It doesn't take long for genealogists to realize that when it comes to family history research, there's no such thing as one-stop shopping. Perhaps you're looking for a vital record available only in another county or state. Or maybe you're ready to trace an ancestor back to a different part of the world. Whatever the reason, the Library of Michigan has genealogy directories and other materials to help you take the next step in your research.
For a complete list of Library resources, check ANSWER, the Library's online catalog. The following keyword searches will return helpful resources; clicking on the links in this publication will take you to the ANSWER catalog search results or the catalog record for a particular item:
You may want to contact or visit another institution, as you often will find that clues to your family history are scattered across different types of organizations and even different regions. Useful sources for genealogical information are:
Before you visit an institution you're unfamiliar with, call ahead or check its Web site for information to help maximize your research time there. You may want to:
If you are unable to visit a particular location, you may want to contact a researcher for assistance. A list of researchers in Michigan is available on the Web or at the Library. Whether you request assistance from a professional researcher, a genealogy society volunteer or the staff of an institution, it is usually wise to:
As always, start by asking for help at the Library of Michigan. The staff members are available to help you find the information you're seeking at the Library, or they can direct you to the next step in your research.
Directories include contact information for worthwhile resources. Handbooks offer an overview of a particular aspect of genealogy research.
Bentley, Elizabeth Petty. County Courthouse Book. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1995.
---. Directory of Family Associations. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1991-.
---. The Genealogist's Address Book. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1991-.
Birth, Marriage, Divorce, Death-On the Record: A Directory of 288 Primary Sources for Personal and Family Records in the 50 States and Overseas Areas Where the U.S. Has Jurisdiction. Rye, NY: Reymont Associates, 1977.
Bremer, Ronald A. Compendium of Historical Sources: The How and Where of American Genealogy. Bountiful, UT: AGLL Inc., 1997.
Cemeteries of the U.S.: A Guide to Contact Information for U.S. Cemeteries and Their Records. Detroit: Gale Research, 1994-.
Croom, Emily Anne. The Unpuzzling Your Past Workbook: Essential Forms and Letters for All Genealogists. Cincinnati: Betterway Books, 1996.
Directory of Historical Organizations in the United States and Canada. Nashville, TN: AASLH Press, 2002.
Everton, George B. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America. Draper, UT: Everton Publishers, 2002.
The Family Roots Workbook: The Names and Addresses of 848 American Genealogical and Historical Libraries, Societies and Organizations, Sorted by State. Denver: The Family News, 1990.
Federation of Genealogical Societies. Membership Directory. Salt Lake City: The Federation, 1995-.
Guide to Genealogical Research in the United States: Individual States. Salt Lake City: The Genealogical Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Inc., 1980.
Johnson, Keith A. and Malcolm R. Sainty, eds. Genealogical Research Directory: National & International. Sydney, NSW: K.A. Johnson & M.R. Sainty, 1988-.
Kemp, Thomas Jay. International Vital Records Handbook. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2000.
List of Some Ethnic and Religious Genealogical and Historical Societies and Archives. Munroe Falls, OH: Summit Publications, 1988.
Rising, Marsha Hoffman. The Family Tree Problem Solver: Proven Methods for Scaling the Inevitable Brick Wall. Cincinnati: Family Tree Books, 2005.
Sankey, Michael L., James R. Flowers Jr. and Peter J. Weber, ed. The Librarian's Guide to Public Records: The Complete State, County & Courthouse Locator. Tempe, AZ: BRB Publications,
--- and Carl R. Ernst, eds. The Sourcebook of County Court Records: A National Guide to Civil, Criminal, and Probate Records at the County and Municipal Levels within the State Court Systems. Tempe, AZ: BRB Publications, 1997.
Smith, Juliana Szucs. The Ancestry Family Historian's Address Book: A Comprehensive List of Local, State and Federal Agencies and Institutions and Ethnic and Genealogical Organizations.
Orem, UT: Ancestry, 2003.
These libraries have strong genealogy or local history collections, while state and federal archives typically serve as official record keepers.
Allen County Public Library, Fred J. Reynolds Genealogy Department
Archives and Regional History Collections
Bentley Historical Library
Burton Historical Collection
Clarke Historical Library
LDS Family History Centers
National Archives and Records Administration
Be critical of genealogy information you find on the Internet. Is the source you're using an authoritative one?
Cyndi's List: Libraries, Archives and Museums
Daughters of the American Revolution Library
Library of Congress Local History and Genealogy Reading Room
PublicLibraries.com: State Library Web Listing
Making of Modern Michigan
MeL Genealogy Internet Resources
Michigan County Clerk's Database
Michigan Genealogical Council
New England Historic Genealogical Society
Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness
Repositories of Primary Sources
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