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The Mitchell Research Center is located on the first floor of the Mitchell Building at 22 North Manning Street in Hillsdale. The purpose of the MRC is to "make collected and donated research records and materials relative to genealogical, historical and archival subjects available; to provide needed or requested assistance to the public; and to continue doing needed indexing and compiling of research material.

Resources available at the MRC include:
  • Birth Index -- 1866-1902
  • Cemetery Records
  • Census Indexes
  • Church Records
  • City Directories
  • County Histories
  • DAR Records
  • Death Index -- 1867-2002
  • Family Histories
  • Maps
  • Marriage Index -- 1835-2000
  • Michigan Pioneer Records
  • Military Records
  • Newspapers
  • Periodicals and Newsletters
  • Surname Card Files
Mitchell Building

If an individual cannot come to the Research Center, research can be done by a member of the Mitchell Research Center for a fee of $10.00 per hour, plus cost of copies and mailing. Further, we ask a retainer of $20.00 as much material is not indexed or only available on microfilm. Any monies not used will be returned to you. All fees go into a fund to purchase additional materials for the Center as no member receives compensation for the time involved. Donations over and above costs are gratefully accepted.

Directories available for purchase:

Hillsdale/Jonesville

  • 1956
  • 1958
  • 1965-66
  • 1968
  • 1972
  • 1974
  • 1976
  • 1978
  • 1980
  • 1982
  • 1984
  • 1986
  • 1988
  • 1990
  • 1992
  • 1994
  • 1996-97
  • 1998

Rural

  • 1970
  • 1973
  • 1975
  • 1977
  • 1979
  • 1981
  • 1983
  • 1987-88
  • 1989-90
  • 1991-92
  • 1993-94
  • 1996
  • 1998

For pricing and information contact the MRC at 517-437-6488

The MRC Hours are: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Winter Hours: Closed on Fridays after Thanksgiving through the last Friday in March.

Other hours by appointment only
phone: 517-437-6488
e-mail: mrc@hillsdale-library.org
Please note that we will be closed if schools in the county are closed due to inclement weather. Call ahead to make sure we are open.