State Archives Circular No. Tax records can be difficult and time consuming to research. So, researchers should be prepared to travel to the State Archives and look up the records of interest in person. Tax Records Research. Eastern and northern European immigrants came to Michigan in large groups between the s and the turn of the 20th century. They were looking for freedom of religion, as well as employment opportunities.
Records of naturalizations of those immigrants are organized according to the counties where the naturalizations took place. Indexes are available for 25 counties. Citizenship documents are arranged chronologically, except for declarations of intentions, which are typically organized according to the last name of the applicant.
The State Archives of Michigan has records on file for more than 20 counties and records for 13 of those counties can be found on its website as well. A current list of holdings can be found on their website or in State Archives Circular No. Immigration Records Research. Michigan contains 83 counties.
Each county is the local level of government within its borders. The links in the table below link to county and city government offices and is limited to government-maintained websites. If you know of a Michigan county that has an official government web site but is not linked, or if the link is in error, please contact us so we may edit our database.
Michigan State Government is located in Lansing. Michigan Probate Records The probate court office holds Michigan probate records. Michigan Tax Records Around the time that each county started recording its first land records, they each also started recording their first records of property taxes.
Learn how to request and access public records from Berrien County, MI. the Circuit Court, the clerk opens, maintains, tracks and stores the records for all cases filed in the Circuit Court. Read a summary of the marriage laws of Michigan. As Clerk of the Circuit Court, the clerk opens, maintains, tracks and stores the records for all cases filed in the Circuit Court. Court files are public records and.
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With the changes in the U. Remember, too, that not all immigrants chose to become U. The Archives of Michigan holds naturalization records from the Michigan counties listed below. Counties with online indexes are indicated in the table and can be view on our website on our Index page.
Indexes for other counties may be available in the Archives of Michigan reading room. Note that an ancestor could have filed papers in different federal, county, or local courts through the process of naturalization. District Courts in Michigan. Citations from the ancestry. Prior to , information listed on declarations of intention was limited to date, name of individual, and country of origin. After , the forms give much more information, including age, occupation, race, complexion, height, weight, color of hair and eyes, distinctive marks, date of birth, residence, date and place of departure, means of transportation to the U.
Alphabetical name indexes are at the front of each volume. Petitions from aspiring citizens are formal requests to be granted citizenship after all requirements have been met. Before , the petition and record offers only date, name of individual, country of origin, names of witnesses, and oath. After , the forms also provide residence, occupation, date and place of birth, date and place of emigration, means of travel to the U. Court Orders The court orders are documents prepared twice a year that identify those persons who have qualified for U.
Certificates of Naturalization Certificates of naturalization give number, name, age, date of transaction, place and date where the declaration of intention was filed, date and place where the petition was filed, date and place where the order was filed, and residence of each. The Archives of Michigan holds few certificates of naturalization.
The Abrams Foundation Historical Collection also has an impressive collection of naturalization records, indexes, and abstracts from across the United States.
Here are a few additional resources of note:. Index to New England Naturalization Petitions, Washington, DC: National Archives, Circuit Court 37 th Circuit. Newman, John J. American Naturalization Processes and Procedures, Schaefer, Christina K. Guide to Naturalization Records of the United States. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing, Szucs, Loretto Dennis.
Emigration records from the German Eifel region, Crystal Lake, Ill. Alphabetical list of emigrants from the Eifel region, "with major emphasis on those emigrants whose final destinations were Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan. Death index begins in ; marriage index in Genesee County Death Index.
Genesee County Marriage Index. Gorski, J. The J.
Not for sale. This is an index to a notable collection of Polish records in the Library of Michigan. Grand Traverse County Records. Death and marriage indexes. Ingham County Records. Irwin I. Cohn Michigan Jewish Cemetery Index. Provides burial information for over 64, Jews who died between the mid's and Births, to ; deaths, to ; marriages, to Kalamazoo Gazette, complete subject and name index, to ; Kalamazoo Gazette obituaries, to , with more date information available from the Kalamazoo Public Library. Leelanau Cemetery Database. A listing of the text on every gravestone in the county.