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Michigan State University

Detailed Land and Property Information in Michigan: Other Places to Visit

Various resources are available for researching a particular property or building in Michigan.

MSU Aerial Image Archive

MSU Aerial Image Archive

The main repository of aerial photography at MSU is located in the Geography Building (formerly the Psychology Research Building) on Auditorium Road at the corner of Bogue.  The Archive contains photos back into the 1920's, some in black-and-white and some in color.  The Archive is entirely scanned and available online.  You must create an online profile for yourself in order to see the inventory and place an order.  Please contact them with any questions at (517) 355-3771

Detail from 1938 photo near Gull Lake.

Archives of Michigan

Local Government

County Register of Deeds 
(Click above for a list of Michigan counties and links to the Register of Deeds)

Go straight to the horse's mouth.  Barring any fires or other catastrophes, the County Register of Deeds will have a complete history of the ownership of any given parcel.  It will give little or no historical information about structures on the parcel.

Cities and Townships in Michigan
(Click above to find an A-Z list of City and Township webapges)  

Lansing Region Historical Resources
Lansing's public library system, Capital Area District Library, has this list of regional map resources including CADL card-holder access to the Sanborn Fire Insurance maps.

Subject Guide

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Kathleen Weessies
Geosciences Librarian; Social Sciences Coordinator; Head, Map Library
MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive E240
Social: Twitter Page
Subjects: Geography, Geology
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