Wayne County Naturalization Records

Posted June 25, 2013 by Mark Harvey
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Follow these steps to locate Wayne County naturalization records:

  1. Check the Ancestry database (http://search.ancestryinstitution.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1192). If the records are found here, refer the researcher to the National Archives Great Lakes Region facility in Chicago (chicago.archives@nara.gov or 773-948-9001).
  2. Check the partially competed Access databases, which can be found here: U:\MHC_Public\Archives\Access Naturalization. These citations refer to Archives of Michigan volume and box numbers.
  3. Check the microfilm indexes that came with the records. Reel numbers can be found in the finding aid for RG 85-36. These citations refer to the original Wayne County volume and box numbers. Use the finding aid to translate to our volume and box numbers.
  4. If you or the researcher still can’t find a record, there are a small number of records from the Detroit Recorder’s Court at the Burton (http://www.detroitpubliclibrary.org/sites/default/files/Michigan%20and%20Detroit%20Selected%20Genealogical%20Resources.pdf).

State Agency Budgets

Posted June 25, 2013 by Mark Harvey
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These can be found in the Michigan Public Acts. Look up “appropriations” in the index to find the appropriate PA number. These acts include all revenue sources.

Federal Naturalization Records

Posted June 25, 2013 by Mark Harvey
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The USCIS has naturalization certificates from 1906-1956. Researchers can submit questions/requests by e-mail to genealogy.uscis@dhs.gov. I couldn’t find a phone number on the website.

USCIS also has C-files that include information about people who received derivative citizenship.

Additional genealogy info from USCIS: http://www.uscis.gov/genealogy

Michigan Court System Overview

Posted June 25, 2013 by Mark Harvey
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Here’s a really nice overview of what Michigan courts hear what kinds of cases:

http://courts.michigan.gov/scao/selfhelp/intro/court.htm#circuit

Adoption Records

Posted June 25, 2013 by Mark Harvey
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Pamphlet from DHS about who can access what information from adoption records and where to begin research:

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/FIA-AdoptPub439_12970_7.pdf

Motor Vehicle Registration/Title/Licensing Laws

Posted June 25, 2013 by Mark Harvey
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PA 304 of 1915: first law requiring registration
PA 46 of 1921: first law requiring certificates of title
PA 300 of 1949: current law, revisions listed here: http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?mcl-Act-300-of-1949
PA 217 of 1958: addition of photographs to drivers’ licenses

Court Records: Calendars vs. Journals

Posted June 25, 2013 by Mark Harvey
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Calendars are a record of everything that happened in a given case. Journals are a record of everything that happened in a court on a given day (multiple cases).

Start with the calendars if you don’t have a case number because they usually have indexes in the front.