Our Current Projects
GSMC members have always been very active in transcribing the county's vital records for our many publications. We can use assistance transcribing at the courthouse (Wednesdays 9-12 and 1-4), proofreading records, or creating indexes. Or just come in to help us make copies!
We have several other projects being worked on if you can't go to our archives or the courthouse. If you are interested in helping out with any of these projects, please let us know.
- 1812 Soldier Database - Lucy Pitcher is compiling a list of 1812 soldiers from Monroe County from various sources. The database will be similar to that created for our Civil War soldiers. If you have information about a Monroe County 1812 soldier, please contact Lucy to ensure his information is added to our database. Records being checked include probate, pension, and church records. Copies of all records will be on file in the archives when this project is completed.
- Cemetery Transcriptions- it has been quite some time since the county's cemeteries have been transcribed. If you are interested in tackling a cemetery, please let us know! Some have already been done (Oakgrove and Pleasantview, thanks to Barb Roe! and Holy Ghost, Memorial Place, Trinity & Zion) and others are in progress (London, and St. Paul in Maybee). If you are willing to spend a few hours walking a cemetery in the county or if you have access to sexton records, let us know! We'd love to add to our list of transcriptions.
- Obit Index Additions- approximately 320 entries in the obituary index do not have death dates or publication dates. We've been checking for these in the county death records to fill in the unknown dates. Take a look at the List of Unknown Dates and if you know what the death date should be send a note to Chris Kull along with your source of the information.
- Marriage Index- The state limits the records that researchers can access for privacy concerns. Marriage and death records must be 75 years old before we can transcribe them at the courthouse, so we are copying and indexing the marriages that appear in the Monroe Evening News starting with January 1939. This index includes the marriages, marriage licenses, anniversaries, and births that appeared on the social pages of the Monroe Evening News. If you would like to help with this project, we can use folks willing to copy the articles from the microfilmed copies of newspapers at the library, type the records into Excel, or proofread the index from the typed sheets. Copies of the entries from the newspaper will be on file in GSMC's archives once the indexed records are completed and uploaded to our website. So far our index covers from Jan 1939 through Jun 1944. Thanks to Ray Dushane & Margo Zieske for spending the time copying the pages from the newspapers on microfilm, and to Barb Roe, Dave Rekuc, Mary Vergowven, and Marcia Nowland for typing the indexes. The indexes can be found under the Monroe Indexes page of our website- you are required to log in to access the files. A book containing the over 15,000 names found in the Monroe Evening News marriages, anniversaries and births from Jan 1940 through Dec 1944 is being published. It is 499 pages and contains a cross-referenced index of the marriages, marriage licenses, anniversary and births from the social page of the Monroe Evening News. The book will be $27. If you are interested in purchasing a copy, please contact GSMC to reserve a copy.
- Master Cemetery Index- the indexes for the cemetery transcriptions done by Frieda Kellie and Shirley Keehn in the late 1970's and early 1980's are completed now with almost 50,000 entries. We have sexton records for a handful of cemeteries (including Roselawn!) and would like to obtain others for local cemeteries to find burials for those without markers. If you know someone who has the records of a local cemetery, we'd appreciate getting copies of the records so we can include those buried without markers. The Master Cemetery Index is NOW ON OUR WEBSITE, under Cemetery Records!!! This index is of the transcriptions done in the 1970's and 1980's.... except for Roselawn, Bedford Memorial Gardens, and Zion Lutheran in Monroe which are from the sexton records and contain entries through 2014.
- Burials with No Names- We need help identifying burials in the county cemeteries for those having markers with just "mother" or "father" or some variation thereof. Check out the list here and let us know if you know what the name should be so it can be updated in our master index!
- King's Notes Update- in 1979 the Museum published the notes of Jason King who had amassed a huge collection of information about the Civil War soldiers who lived in Monroe County. Jason died before he could finish his project, so the museum published his NOTES, hence the name of the book. Much more information is available to researchers (especially on the internet) so we are updating the book in conjuction with the Friends of the Museum as a fund raiser for the Monroe County Historical Museum. There are approximately 2500 listings in the database and we now have folders for all of them in the Monroe County Historical Museum!!.
The book has been sent to the printers and is expected to arrive in early April. Reserve your copy of the Civil War Veterans of Monroe County, Michigan by contacting Chris Kull!! Each hard bound book contains information on 2493 Monroe County Civil War veterans, including a short biography of his life and details on his military service. Most have death dates, location and burial sites. The book is 470 pages and contains photographs of over 20 of our county's soldiers. Thanks to Emily Phillips for the artwork on the cover and inside the book and to the many members of GSMC (especially Lucienne Pitcher and Loretta Dunham) for assisting the Friends of the Museum in compiling this volume. To purchase a copy contact Chris. See the flyer for more details.
We are still collecting information about these soldiers to add to their files in the museum. Hard copies of the information we have found on these soldiers can be found in the files in the Monroe County Historical Museum. Be sure to stop by the museum to see the collection we have amassed on the men from Monroe County that served our country during the Civil War!!! Most have death and burial information, and many have actual pension files in the folder thanks to our generous members.
Several of our county soldiers do not have markers on their graves. See attached list for those without markers. Eventually we'd like to place markers on all these graves, but currently the restrictions on obtaining government markers has made that difficult to accomplish.