Michigan is very near and dear to my heart. Some of my favorite ancestors are associated with Michigan. In fact, two of my fifth great-grandfathers were early settlers in Oakland County, arriving while Michigan was still a territory in the early 1820s. While a lot of my research is in Oakland County, my family is actually all over the state; they can be found in 64 of the current 83 counties in Michigan. Looking at the map, that’s a lot of places to research for a single state!