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The Michigan State Archives house the government records for the state. The cool stuff is over at Seeking Michigan, a rich collection for history buffs and a pretty good resource for genealogists.  
Your best bet is to immediately click the Advanced Search at the top of the page in order to explore the site's many collections. These include: 

  • Death Records, 1897-1920
  • Death Records, 1921-1947
  • Death Records, 1948-1952
  • Architecture
  • Archives of Michigan Finding Aids
  • Civil War Battle Flags
  • Civil War Manuscripts
  • Civil War Photographs
  • Civil War Service Records
  • Civil War Volunteer Registries
  • Early Documents
  • Early Photography
  • GLO Plat Maps
  • GLO Survey Notes
  • Governors of Michigan
  • Lighthouses and Life-Saving Stations
  • Main Streets
  • Maps
  • Music of Michigan
  • Oral Histories
  • Rural Property Inventories
  • State Census Records, 1827-1874
  • State Census Records, 1884-1894
Also check out the important list of Indexes, including:

  • The Detroit News Indexes
  • Naturalization Indexes
  • Military Indexes
  • Photograph Indexes

Lastly, if you like your historical images in the form of jigsaw puzzles, keychains, coffee mugs and the like, visit the Seeking Michigan giftshop with the clever name, Michiganology. 


More historical archives and research materials can be found at these excellent resources:

 Historical Newspaper Archives          Ancestry.com       
 Genealogy Tools                                US Historical Newspapers      
 European Historical Newspapers        International Historical Newspapers
Court Record Searches                        Public Records Searches 

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