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Michigan Colonial Records

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Many records from the colonial era in New England were kept at the town or county level. Search the catalog at the town or county level to locate those records.

History

In 1668, the Canadian French founded Sault Sainte Marie which became the first permanent settlement in Michigan. French Canadians built several subsequent forts in Michigan until the area was ceded to Great Britain in 1763. In 1787, the Northwest Territory was created and covered most of Michigan. In 1800, Michigan became part of the Indiana Territory, until the Michigan Territory was created in 1805. Questions regarding the boundary of Michigan were not fully resolved between Great Britain and the United States until after the War of 1812.[1]

Resources

Civil Records

  • Records from the U.S. Land office at Detroit contain land grants and claims in the Detroit area, 1707-1825. The French land grants begin in 1707; British grants begin in 1781. These records are in the Bureau of Land Management record group (RG 49.13) at the National Archives in Washington, DC.[2]

Ecclesiastical Records

Copies of original records are held at the National Archives of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario.

References

  1. Christina K. Schaefer, Genealogical encyclopedia of the colonial Americas : a complete digest of the records of all the countries of the Western Hemisphere (Baltimore, Maryland : Genealogical Publishing Company, c1998), 599-600. WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 929.11812 D26 1998
  2. Christina K. Schaefer, Genealogical encyclopedia of the colonial Americas : a complete digest of the records of all the countries of the Western Hemisphere (Baltimore, Maryland : Genealogical Publishing Company, c1998), 599-600. WorldCat (Other Libraries); FHL book 929.11812 D26 1998