Hello Tara, thank you for your message. I have received replies from a dozen"Michel" researchers from several villages and towns in the state of Hesse-Darmstadt. All of these villages very close to each other which makes one think there is some connection between the families. I have also received replies for Michel families from Hesse-Kassel which is just north of Darmstadt. Here in the US the Michel families are in NY, NJ, Chicago, Southern Illinois, Ohio, Missouri and iowa. I have been able to connect with some families in St. Clair and Madison County in illinois. Michel is a very old Swiss-German name, and the families are spread all across the areas of Germany.
Our Michel research is ongoing with hopes of connecting more families. If you wish I can email the file I have for the Ueberau/Reinheim Hesse-Darmstadt Michels for your reference.
I will certainley contact you if I connect with any Iowa Michels.