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Genealogy By the States – Week 26 – Michigan


Michigan is very near and dear to my heart.  Some of my favorite ancestors are associated with Michigan.  In fact, two of my fifth great-grandfathers were early settlers in Oakland County, arriving while Michigan was still a territory in the early 1820s.  While a lot of my research is in Oakland County, my family is actually all over the state; they can be found in 64 of the current 83 counties in Michigan.  Looking at the map, that’s a lot of places to research for a single state!

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Surname Saturday – Mulligan (Ireland / Michigan / Illinois / Canada / Ohio

James MULLIGAN is third great-grandfather. He was born on 7 December 1812 in Dublin, Ireland. By 1850, he is living in the United States. According to a genealogy compiled by my family, his daughter, Sarah Jane, was named Jane after James’ sister. He may also have had a brother, Joseph, who was listed as living with James in the 1850 census, born in Ireland, and the right age to be a sibling. Also, according to the compiled genealogy, there is a note that reads: “James Mulligan’s father kept a tavern a couple of miles from Dublin, at the cross-roads.” Beyond these few clues, I have no idea who James’ parents were, or if there are other siblings.

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Resources for Genealogy Research in Michigan

In September, I wrote about my Link Collection to Various Genealogy & History Resources Online. This collection is my Diigo bookmark library targeted at genealogy. I created a list for each state, as well as a few countries and various topics. There is also a list for general genealogy resources. Over the next week or so, I will highlight some of these lists.

michigan Michigan Genealogy

Michigan is one of my favorites states to research in.  Here are some of the resources is use most frequently.

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