Genealogical Research

The Petersen Center library houses a limited amount of resources that may be helpful to individuals researching their ancestors who lived at Mackinac.  These include:

• Microfilm copies of the Ste. Anne’s Parish register (1695-1821)

• Microfilm copies of U. S. Army Muster Roles for Fort Mackinac from the National Archives (1796-1895)

• Microfilm copies of City of Mackinac Island Records, including borough, township, village and city records (1817-1939), assessment rolls (1889-1920), Tax Rolls (1900-1939), Ordinance and License Information (1875-1899)

• Microfilm copies of Mackinac County Tax Records (1884-1888)

• Biography Files: This is not a comprehensive collection, but includes information on important Mackinac individuals and families for whom we or someone else has completed research.

We do not have vital records data (birth, marriage, divorce, death).  Individuals must consult the relevant county, state or federal agency.  These include the Mackinac County Clerk’s Office in St. Ignace, The Library of Michigan, The Michigan State Archives and The Michigan Department of Community Health.  Many local libraries also offer genealogical resources, including access to federal census records.

We strongly recommend all beginning genealogists consult The Library of Michigan website which provides a wealth of information including tips on starting your research and online resources.  It also provides links and information on what information is available at the State Archives and the Michigan Department of Community Health.

Researchers interested in data on an ancestor who served at Fort Mackinac are welcome to review our copies of muster roles by setting up a visit to the Petersen Center.  We do not have records of service, however.  Such information can be obtained from the National Archives in Washington.

Researchers interested in baptism, marriage or burial records for Ste. Anne’s parish after 1821 must contact the parish.

Genealogy Links:
Library of Michigan Genealogy Page
Mackinac County Clerk’s Office Information (Library of Michigan Web Site)
National Archives and Records Administration, Access to Military Service and Pension Records