Law Resources for Genealogical Research

The books listed are in the print and microforms collections of the Library of Michigan; some, if not all, can also be found in various digital collections. This is a selected list only; other historical case reporters, indexes, and statutory compilations can be discovered through a visit to the State Law Library.

Also included is a selected list of 19th and early 20th century Michigan legal treatises. Consulting a treatise is useful in understanding and interpreting the law of the past. Again, this is not an exhaustive list, nor does it reference every edition of a treatise, but is representative of the range of topics covered by the Library’s collection.

Judicial

Blume, William Wirt, 1893-1982. Transactions of the Supreme Court of the Territory of Michigan, 1805-1836. 1935-1940.
LIB OF MICH LAW MICH 3N  KFM 4245 .A19 1805

Jacobs, Albert Poole, 1853-1909. A Digest of the Decisions of the Supreme Court of Michigan from January 1843 to [1898]… also of the Court of Chancery from 1836 to 1845, and also of the Supreme Court of the United States so Far as They Relate to Michigan Law. 1889-1900.
LIB OF MICH LAW MICH 3N  KFM 4257 .J3 1889

McGrath, John W. (John Wesley), 1842-1905. Mandamus Cases Decided in the Supreme Court of Michigan. 1898.
LIB OF MICH LAW MICH 3N  KFM 4753 .M2 M3 1898

Michigan State Law Library. Index, United States Records & Briefs, 1869-1900. 1900.
LIB OF MICH LAW CLOSED STACKS 3N  KF 101.9 .U83 Index

Michigan. Supreme Court. Records and Briefs. 1874-2012.
LIB OF MICH LAW CLOSED STACKS/STORAGE 3N  KFM 4245.9 .M5

Newberry, John S. (John Stoughton), 1826-1887. Reports of Admiralty Cases. Argued and Adjudged in the District Courts of the United States for the District of Michigan…from 1842-1857. 1857.
LIB OF MICH LAW MICROFICHE 3N  KF 1100 .N49 1857a

Riddell, William Renwick, 1852-1945. Michigan Under British Rule: Law and Law Courts, 1760-1796. 1926.
LIB OF MICH LAW MICH 3N  JK 5881 .R5 1926

United States. Supreme Court. Records and Briefs. 1832-.
LIB OF MICH LAW MICROFILM 3N  KF 101.9 .U83

Legislative

Humphrey, William. Laws of Michigan Relative to Railroad Companies. 1870.
LIB OF MICH MICH DOCS OFFICIAL  KFM 4501 .A2 1870

Michigan. The Cass Code, or Digest of Laws of the Territory of Michigan in Force in 1816. 1816[?].
LIB OF MICH MICH DOCS OFFICIAL  KFM 4230 1816 .A43

Michigan. Index to the Local and Special Acts of the State of Michigan, 1803-1927. 1928.

LIB OF MICH LAW MICH 3N  KFM 4225 .A2525 1928

Michigan. Laws of the Territory of Michigan. 1871.
LIB OF MICH LAW MICH 3N  KFM 4225 .L3

Michigan. Laws, Rules, and Regulations Governing the Militia, National Guard, Naval Brigade. 1902.
LIB OF MICH LAW MICH 3N  KFM 4697 .M5 1902

Michigan. Township Laws of the Territory of Michigan. 1833.
LIB OF MICH RARE MICH 4N  KFM 4632.5 .A9 M53 1833

Michigan. The Woodward Code, or Laws of the Territory of Michigan, Adopted in 1805. 1806.
LIB OF MICH LAW CLOSED STACKS 3N  KFM 4225 .A223 1805

United States. A Synoptical Index to the Laws and Treaties of the United States of America, from March 4, 1789 to March 3, 1851. 1852.
LIB OF MICH LAW CLOSED STACKS 3N  KF 80 .S9 1852

Michigan Historical Legal Treatises—Selective Works

Baker, Fred A. (Fred Abbott) 1846-1908. Duration of Municipal Street Grants. 1910.
LIB OF MICH LAW MICH 3N  KFM 4503 .B337 1910

Baldwin, Willis, 1860-. The Law of Personal Injuries in Michigan. Publication Year.
LIB OF MICH LAW MICH 3N  KFM 4397 .P3 B34 1902

Beecher, Franklin A. Michigan Law and Procedure in Probate Courts in Two Volumes. 1914-1916.
LIB OF MICH LAW MICH 3N  KFM 4342 .B33 1914 v.1-2

Cheever, Noah W. (Noah Wood), 1839-1905. The Law and Practice of Probate Courts in the State of Michigan. 1876.
LIB OF MICH LAW CLOSED STACKS 3N  KFM 4344 .A3 1876

Donovan, Joseph W., 1847-1933. The Michigan Justice’s Guide and Criminal Law: Being the Civil Laws, With Forms for Justice’s Courts, and the Criminal Statutes and Proceedings of Justice, Circuit and Recorder’s Courts…. 1888.
LIB OF MICH LAW MICH 3N  KFM 4730 .D66 1888

Dooling, John Charles, 1868-1908. Equitable Remedies of Creditors in Michigan. 1908.
LIB OF MICH LAW MICH 3N  KFM 4747 .D6 1908

Green, Sanford M. (Sanford Moon), 1807-1901. A Treatise on the Practice of the Circuit Courts of the State of Michigan; Embracing Practical Forms of Proceedings Therein. 1860.
LIB OF MICH LAW MICH 3N  KFM 4730 .G74 1860

Hamilton, Burritt, 1869-. The Modern Law of General Business Corporations in Michigan. 1909.
LIB OF MICH LAW MICH 3N  KFM 4413 .H34 1909

Hammon, Louis, L. (Louis Lougee). A Treatise on Chattel Mortgages for Michigan. 1901.
LIB OF MICH LAW MICH 3N  KFM 4376 .C4 H3 1901

McGregor, Malcolm, 1869-. Michigan Corporation Law and Limited Partnership Associations. 1909.
LIB OF MICH LAW MICH 3N  KFM 4410 .M5 1909

Michigan. The School Laws of Michigan, with Explanatory Notes. 1873.
LIB OF MICH MICH DOCS 2S  LB 2529 .M53 1873

Perkins, Willis Barnes. Evidence by Survivor: The Statutes and Decisions of Michigan Relating to Matters Equally Within the Knowledge of the Deceased. 1915.
LIB OF MICH LAW MICH 3N  KFM 4741 .P4 1915

Powers, James M. (James Mellen), 1847-. The Michigan Law of Marriage and Divorce. 1917.
LIB OF MICH LAW MICH 3N  KFM 4295 .P69 1917

Puterbaugh, Sabin D. (Sabin Don), 1834-1892. Puterbaugh’s Chancery Pleading and Practice. 1882.
LIB OF MICH RARE MICH 4N  KFM 4731 .A65 P88 1882

Straker, D. Augustus (David Augustus), --1908. Circuit Court Commissioner’s Guide: Law and Practice State of Michigan. 1897.
LIB OF MICH LAW MICH 3N  KFM 4715.5 .S7 1897

Straker, D. Augustus (David Augustus), --1908. Compendium of Evidence. 1899.
LIB OF MICH LAW MICH 3N  KFM 4740 .S87 1899

Tiffany, Alexander Ralston, 1786-1868. A Treatise on the Criminal Law of the State of Michigan. 1870.
LIB OF MICH LAW MICH 3N  KFM 4761 .T53 1870

Tiffany, Alexander Ralston, 1796-1868. A Treatise on the Powers and Duties of Justices of the Peace in the State of Michigan. 1905.
LIB OF MICH LAW MICH 3N  KFM 4725 .T54 1905

Trask, Albert, 1839-1913. Notes on Michigan’s Laws of Evidence. 1903.
LIB OF MICH LAW MICH 3N  KFM 4740 .T73 1903

Workmen’s Compensation Law of Michigan With Supreme Court Decisions and References Thereto. 1925.
LIB OF MICH LAW MICH 3N  KFM 4542 .W67 1925

Updated 1/16/2019