MICHIGAN GENEALOGY TRAILS
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I am your Host, Nancy Bliven. I am always looking for new information to add to our website. Please free to email me with your information for Michigan in general or any of the 83 Michigan counties. Interested in volunteering to be a County Host? Check below for the link to the Volunteer Information page.

We hope you have a great time visiting us at Genealogy Michigan Trails. Lets all explore the places and areas of Michigan that our ancestors chose to settle in. This should prove to be an exciting journey, it will be fun, and along the way we will all get a better understanding of Michigan. It will be a step back in time as we get to know the people that created Michigan and formed it into the beautiful state it now is. We want to encourage anyone who has Michigan ties & connections to get in touch with us to share your contributions and especially the old history, the information that you can find about all the pioneer families, and naturally -- some of the Indian History that is so important to this State. We're also looking for Obituaries, Biographies and County History, just about everything is helpful.

WE REGRET THAT WE ARE UNABLE TO DO PERSONAL RESEARCH FOR YOU.
We don't have the time required to do a good job for you.

 


MICHIGAN INFORMATION

The State of Michigan was admitted to the Union on January 26, 1837.

The name "Michigan" is derived from a Chippewa Indian word "meicigama" meaning "great water" and refers to the Great Lakes  which hug the shores of the State. Michigan is said to have been first discovered around 1610 and inhabited by the Indians. In the mid 1700's it was claimed by the French -- but was ceded to the British until the Revolution when it became part of the United States but we didn't take full possession of it until 1796 and shortly thereafter it became part of the Northwest Territory. Then from 1800 to 1805 it was connected with the Ohio and the Indian Territories. The first American settlers began settling in Michigan about 1796, coming from England but it was not until about 1818 that an appreciable amount of settlers was noticed. 1919 was the first public sales and the work on the Eric Canal attracted many. The completion of the Canal in 1825 added stimuli to the immigrants. Its about this timed that many came to work on the road construction heading toward Chicago. By 1840 the immigration increased to such an extent that about half of the southern peninsula was cultivated. From 1840 - 1890 there were tens of thousand of workers who came to work in the lumber and mining camps.



 

 

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COUNTY LIST
NAME (COUNTY HOST) DATE FORMED COUNTY SEAT
ALCONA
originally named Negwegon
1840 Harrisville
ALGER 1885 Munising
ALLEGAN 1835 Allegan
ALPENA
originally named Anamickee
(HOST - Jessica Lentine)
1840 Alpena
ANTRIM
originally named Meguzee
1840 Elk Rapids
ARENAC 1883 Standish
BARAGA 1875 L'Anse
BARRY 1839 Hastings
BAY
(HOST - Brenda Wiesner)
1857 Bay City
BENZIE 1869 Beulah
BERRIEN 1831 St. Joseph
BRANCH 1833 Coldwater
CALHOUN 1833 Marshall
CASS 1829 Cassopolis
CHARLEVOIX
originally named Kesk-kauko
1843 Charlevoix
CHEBOYGAN 1840 Cheboygan
CHIPPEWA 1826 Sault Ste. Marie
CLARE 1840 Harrison
CLINTON 1831 St. Johns
CRAWFORD
originally named Shawono
1840 Grayling
DELTA 1861 Escanaba
DICKINSON 1891 Iron Mountain
EATON 1837 Charlotte
EMMET
originally named Tonedagana
1840 Petoskey
GENESEE 1835 Flint
GLADWIN 1831 Gladwin
GOGEBIC 1887 Bessemer
GRAND TRAVERSE
(HOST - Alanna Fitzgerald)
1851 Traverse City
GRATIOT
(HOST - Jamie Freed)
1831 Ithaca
HILLSDALE 1829 Hillsdale
HOUGHTON 1843 Houghton
HURON 1840 Bad Axe
INGHAM
(HOST - Nancy Bliven)
1829 Mason
IONIA 1831 Ionia
IOSCO
originally named Kanotin
1840 Tawas City
IRON 1885 Crystal Falls
ISABELLA
originally named Ojibiway Besse
(HOST - Nancy Bliven)
1831 Mount Pleasant
JACKSON
(HOST - Jan Stypula)
1829 Jackson
KALAMAZOO
originally named Kikalamazoo
1830 Kalamazoo
KALKASKA 1840 Kalkaska
KENT 1831 Grand Rapids
KEWEENAW 1861 Kagle River
LAKE
originally named Aishcum
1840 Baldwin
LAPEER 1822 Lapeer
LEELANAU 1840 Suttons Bay
LENAWEE 1822 Adrian
LIVINGSTON
(HOST - Nancy Bliven)
1833 Howell
LUCE 1887 Newberry
MACKINAC 1849 St. Ignace
MACOMB 1818 Mt. Clemens
MANISTEE 1840 Manistee
MARQUETTE 1851 Marquette
MASON 1840 Ludington
MECOSTA 1851 Big Rapids
MENOMINEE 1863 Menominee
MIDLAND 1855 Midland
MISSAUKEE 1840 Lake City
MONROE 1817 Monroe
MONTCALM 1831 Stanton
MONTMORENCY
originally named Cheonoquet
1840 Atlanta
MUSKEGON
(HOST - Courtney Birkes)
1859 Muskegon
NEWAYGO 1840 White Cloud
OAKLAND
(HOST - Nancy Bliven)
1822 Pontiac
OCEANA 1855 Hart
OGEMAW 1840 West Branch
ONTONAGON 1843 Ontonagon
OSCEOLA 1840 Reed City
OSCODA 1840 Mio
OTSEGO
originally named Okkuddo
1840 Gaylord
OTTAWA
(HOST - Brenda Wiesner)
1837 Grand Haven
PRESQUE ISLE 1871 Rogers City
ROSCOMMON 1840 Roscommon
SAGINAW
(HOST - Brenda Wiesner)
1835 Saginaw
SAINT CLAIR 1820 Port Huron
ST. JOSEPH 1829 Centreville
SANILAC 1822 Sandusky
SCHOOLCRAFT 1843 Manistique
SHIAWASSEE
(HOST - Nancy Bliven))
1822 Corunna
TUSCOLA 1840 Caro
VAN BUREN 1829 Paw Paw
WASHTENAW 1822 Ann Arbor
WAYNE 1815 Detroit
WEXFORD 1840 Cadillac

 

 
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