Michigan Pioneer Records
The first call for Michigan Pioneer Records went out in 1948.
It was initiated by Mrs. Esther Loughin, head of the State library's
local and family history section. The intent was to gather
information on Michigan's early settlers. A questionnaire was developed
by George Hammel, a retired East Lansing newspaperman, and the printed
forms were distributed throughout the State.
Individuals, historical and genealogical societies gathered the data,
completing what we recognize today as a family group sheet. Some
individuals could only complete portions of the form while others added
far more than was asked, attaching pedigree charts, narratives and other
manuscript material. Some of the questionnaires were typed responses
and some were hand written.
As the submissions accumulated over the years, they were bound by the
Library into volumes of one hundred records each until they numbered
thirty-seven, the last submissions occurring in the early 1980s.
The information contained on the questionnaire began with the settler's
name, birth, marriage and death information. The same information was
collected for the parents of the settler, then the spouse, and the
spouseâ€™s parents. On the reverse side of the form, was the place to list
children and their data as well as information about the settler's
occupation, religion and other useful information.
The following individuals compiled an every-name index of the
individual pioneer certificates: Julie Carr, William Carr, Isabelle
Wells, Pat Currigan, Sara Price and Sheri Sleep. That index is now
included here as a searchable on-line tool. The bound volumes are
located at the Library of Michigan in Lansing, Michigan and are located
in the Michigan collection on the second floor, North.
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