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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 Mitchell Research Center 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 indexing and compiling research materials for Hillsdale County and beyond.


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


Genealogy Research: A quick check of our records can be made of our extensive birth and obituary index card catalog.  Requests may be made by phone or email and are $3.00 each (includes copy and mailing fee).

For a more extensive search, the volunteer genealogy staff at the Mitchell Research Center will research your request at $10.00 per hour.  Copies of documents are 25 cents per page and 50 cents per page from the microfilm reader/printer.  Postage will be added.  A retainer of $20.00 will be required for each search completed by the research staff.  Any monies not used will be returned to you.  All fees for research are donated to the Mitchell Research Center, as our staff are volunteers.  Donations over and above costs are gratefully accepted.

If an original copy is requested from the Hillsdale County Court House, the current fees will apply plus a $3.00 fee for the research staff to obtain the documents(s).

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More information is available on our web site at: http://www.mitchellresearchcenter.org

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.

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.

Phone: 517-437-6488
Email: mrc@hillsdale-library.orghillsdaleresearchcenter@gmail.com