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For questions about ancestors and records in the US state of Michigan, including questions pertaining to the period before the state's admission to the US (1837) when it was French, later British, and then American territory.

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Finding Michigan adoption from 1896?

How do I go about finding adoption papers from Michigan in 1896? Trying to find my great grandmother adoption papers I have tried writing to Michigan adoption office and they are unable to help me.
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Identify immigration record for John Kelly, Ireland to Michigan about 1840's?

John Kelly or John W Kelly was born in Ireland about 1833. He likely immigrated prior to 1855 and married Mary Ling (also Irish) after arriving in the US. By 1860 he was a Teamster in Battle Creek, ...
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Spelling of surname Kowesnki/Kowenski

Grandmother's maiden name is listed as Kowesnki. I have not been able to find any such surname. Do you have any idea on the correct spelling?
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Meaning of abbreviation “(O.K.)” on 1939 Michigan death certificate?

I have located my grandfather's Michigan death certificate from 1939. Following his father's name is the abbreviation "(O.K.)". What does that mean?
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Finding Marriage Certificate/License most likely in 1930s Michigan?

My grandparents were apparently married but I cannot find any proof. They lived in Michigan and I've requested marriage information from more than 9 counties and it's getting expensive! My mom was ...
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Making sense of conflicting death dates for Juliet D. (Strong) Wilder?

Julia/Juliet/Juliette D. (Strong) Wilder is known to be the daughter of James A. and Eleanor (Denton) Strong: Michigan census records show James (1850, 1860) and Eleanor Strong (1850) living with ...
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Finding parents of Jacob Drager (b. 1825, Germany; living Michigan, USA 1900)?

Does anyone have any information on the parents of Jacob Drager? Some of his information is below. Birth: June of 1825 Birth Place: Germany Wife: Gustina Rosomfsha Marriage: About 1867 in Wayne, ...
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Understanding marriage certificate (transfer?) in Nordrhein-Westfalen Archive?

This record is in the Nordrhein-Westfalen Archive (www.archive.nrw.de). The players: My GG Grandfather was Karl Theodor Brenner (CT Brenner), born near or in Overath on November 27th, 1811 . His ...
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Learning great-grandmothers maiden name when courthouse burned down?

My great grandmother, who I know only as Jennie Maria, was born in Michigan in 1846 and married my great Grandfather there in Lenawee county about 1867. According to what I have found out, the ...
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Sources for Border Crossings between Toronto and Chicago in early 1890's?

What records might exist for border crossings and travel in early 1890's between Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA, probably via Michigan? The family members involved ...
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Tracing US ancestor back to Germany?

My great great great grandfather came over from Germany, but I don't know how to find when or where. His name is Henry Fischer about 1821-1898, married to Dorothea Holiday Fischer about 1825-unknown. ...
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Birth record for Illinois or Michigan birth in 1881?

I am having trouble locating a reliable birth record for a person in my tree. According to the 1900 census record, a certain Mollie Goetz/Getz was born in Feb 1881 in Illinois. "United States ...