To say that Michigan has a rich and varied history would be an understatement. Long a home to several Native American tribes, it attracted the attention of French explorers and missionaries in the early 1600s.
In the 18th century, Michigan’s position on the Great Lakes made it strategically attractive to both France and England, who battled over control for it.
After the opening of the Erie Canal, Michigan’s population began to explode with settlers from New England and New York.
Michigan was also attractive to immigrants from Germany, the Netherlands, and the Scandinavian countries.
Copper and iron ore mining in the Upper Peninsula brought in miners from England.
The Michigan State Guide is a handy reference to Michigan history and records and resources that are important to genealogy in the Wolverine State.
You can also check out the rest of our state guides on this page.