Where to do research in Monroe County
Monroe County Genealogical Research Resources:
- Ellis Library and Reference Center , 3700 South Custer Rd, Monroe, MI 48161-9716- Ellis is now an LDS affiliate. LDS films can be ordered through their website and viewed in the library.
- Local History Indexes on Ellis Library website- includes a new index to service men and women in WW2. Lots of great resources for Monroe history and genealogy!an
- Monroe County Library System - links to all Monroe County Library System branches
- Monroe County Historical Museum, 126 S. Monroe St, Monroe, MI 48161
- Archives of Michigan, 702 W. Kalamazoo Street, Lansing, MI- now has Saturday hours!!
- Library of Michigan, 702 W. Kalamazoo Street, Lansing, MI- Beginning January 9, 2016, the main library will be open every Saturday (excluding certain state holidays) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.!
- Mel- City Directory Link- goes right to the pick list of states for city directories available (includes Monroe city directories for 1916, 1946, 1948, 1950, 1952, 1954, 1956, 1958 & 1959!)
- HeritageQuest Online- for State of Michigan residents only!
- Mel-Michigana- Lots of resources for Monroe County and Michigan
- Naturalization Indexes at the Archives of Michigan (records to be digitized!)
- Allen County Public Library, second largest genealogical collection in the United States
- WorldCat, World's Largest Library Catalog!
- St. Mary's Baptism Index - 1830-1839
- Catholic Church Records on microfilm at Monroe County Public Library- Ellis
- Christian Church Records (non Catholic) on microfilm at Monroe County Public Library- Ellis
- Lucas County, Ohio Church Records on microfilm at Monroe County Public Library- Ellis
- Lucas County, Ohio Church Records available on-line at FamilySearch.org
- Archdioceses of Detroit- Monroe County Catholic Churches were under their jurisdiction
- Transcribed church records of Monroe County- available in book form at Ellis, Monroe Historical Museum and GSMC's archives. Several Monroe County Church ledgers have been transcribed/translated and are available for research in Ellis Library, some are also available in the Monroe Historical Museum, and GSMC's archives.
- Trinity Lutheran Church (1830's-1921)- transcribed and translated from original German by Margarette Miller.
- Zion/St. Paul Lutheran Church (1848 - 1910)- transcribed and translated from original German by L. Dunham.
- St. John Lutheran, Dundee (1850-1886)- transcribed and translated from original German by L. Dunham
- St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran (1860-1913)- now Prince of Peace- transcribed and translated from original German by L Dunham
- Evangelical Lutheran Emmanuel Church aka Pear Tree Church (1856-1878)- transcribed and translated from original German by L. Dunham.
- St. Paul Lutheran Church, Maybee (1860-1930)-transcribed and translated from original German.
- Holy Ghost Lutheran (1846-1939)- transcribed and translated from original German.
- St. Charles Catholic Church, Newport -transcribed by Lynn Reaume
- St. Joseph Catholic Church, Erie -transcribed by Lynn Reaume
- St. Patrick Catholic Church, Carleton -transcribed by Lynn Reaume
- East Ida Immanuel Lutheran records- copies of original baptism, marriage & burial ledgers on file at the museum, copies of some transcriptions on file in our archives (thanks to Joy Engel!)
- Probate Records on microfilm - Estate files 3-2460 (1811-1870) LDS. These films are also available at the Archives of Michigan in Lansing. Copies are 20 cents/page.
- Probate Search - The search covers only 1988 to current. The Probate Court has all Monroe County probate files on record beginning in 1811. To view or copy any probate records, you must make an appointment with the probate court (734) 240-7346 . Copies are $1/page.
- Monroe County Michigan County Clerk
- Courthouse directory - Great resource for all things Monroe County Courthouse, including a history of the building, when the courthouse burned, and what records were affected.
- Birth, Marriage & Death Records have been transcribed by GSMC from the Monroe County Courthouse records and copies of our books containing these transcriptions are available for purchase from GSMC or can be viewed in our archives, the Monroe Historical Museum, Ellis Reference Library, and Bedford Library. Births and deaths begin in 1867, Marriages in 1818. Researchers can visit the County Clerk's office in the Monroe County Courthouse M, T, Th, or F from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm (Closed from 12:00-1:00 pm.) See the County's website for details on cost of copies and any record limitations.
- seekingmichigan- Death certificates for entire State of Michigan 1897-1920. Certificates for 1921 to 1939 are available to search and print. Certificates from 1940-1952 are being added!! If having troubles printing a death certificate, try downloading it and printing it from a paint program. You can also crop out the black border, saving some ink/toner. Or use Chrome as your browser! Chrome works better for FamilySearch.org too! If you can't find your Cousino ancestors in seekingmichigan, try searching on Cousins.... most seem to be indexed incorrectly as Cousins rather than Cousino.
- Michigan Deaths 1867-1897 - Deaths in Michigan from state ledgers on familysearch.org
- Michigan Births 1867-1902 - Births in Michigan from state ledgers on familysearch.org
- Michigan Marriages 1868-1925 - Marriages in Michigan from state ledgers on familysearch.org
- Michigan Death Records- Gendis- Judy noticed that our first death book had only 1 death in 1869... check here for the early deaths in our county, not all were recorded in the county ledger, some were sent directly to the state!
- Michigan Death Certificate Index 1921-1952- Information from Michigan death certificates on familysearch.org
- Ida Deaths 1924- Several of the deaths that occurred in Ida Twp in 1924 were not recorded in the county courthouse, but were sent directly to Lansing. See attached list for the records missing from the Monroe County Courthouse for Ida Twp.
- Wayne County Death Indexes- 1934-1953 (not City of Detroit)
- Washtenaw County Marriage & Death Index- 1959 to present
- Outline Map of Monroe County showing approximate locations of cities and villages
- Ward Map of City of Monroe 1870-1920
- Map of Monroe County Cemeteries - Numbers on cemeteries below correlate to this map.
- Early Land Patents in Monroe County
- Michigan County Histories and Atlases - The Michigan County Histories and Atlases Digitization Project is comprised of 428 digitized titles (many composed of multiple volumes) published before 1923. The collection offers all members of the community free keyword searching and page-by-page access to digitized reproductions of Michigan county histories and atlases as a resource for historical and genealogical research.
- Map of Langensteinbach, Baden 1758- Many Monroe County German families originated from this town in Baden, Germany.
17. Brest Cemetery - one known burial in this cemetery, Gideon Badger, a Revolutionary War vet
29. Clark Cemetery (located at the intersection of Will-Carleton Road & I-275. It is on
private property and permission must be granted for entry from the property owner.)
82. Holy Ghost Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery (aka Sandy Creek) ALL stones are now on FAG. Be careful using the information on some memorials- some people are posting to Holy Ghost when the cemetery should be Gethsemane.
37. Hungerford Cemetery - no longer active and no known stones exist, located in Bedford Twp on
54. Johnson Cemetery - located in Exeter Twp on Oakville-Waltz Rd. No longer used, last known
burial in 1915.
84. King Cemetery aka Sackett Cemetery- most graves in this cemetery are on Find A Grave!
73. London Vault Cemetery - on SW side of Plank Road across from the church. See London
Twp Cemetery in Find-A-Grave listings.
85. McIntyre Cemetery also known as Sand Pit or Sand Hill, Blue Bush or Coppernoll Cemetery, located in Raisinville Twp
105. Old Burial Ground (aka St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Old St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery)
22. Potter's Field (aka Monroe Potter's Field Cemetery, County Infirmary)
86. St. Matthews Cemetery- aka Prince of Peace (was St. Matthews until 1960 when the church merged with St. Marks in Ida)
Exeter Road) (aka Stoney Creek Cemetery)
corner of Exeter & Stoney Creek Rds )
W. Labo Road)
41. Weeks Cemetery (located in Samaria- only 2 known burials, Sam and Sammy Weeks)
16. White Cemetery (aka LaDuc, located on the east side of North Dixie Hwy near South Street in
Section 7 of Berlin Twp)
108. Woodland Cemetery (aka Woodland Historic or Grove Cemetery) Special thanks to Jane & Lo for the many memorials.
Bureau of Land Office Records -live access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States, including image access to more than five million Federal land title records issued between 1820 and the present.
Land Record Definitions- thanks to Don Adams (and Dave Rekuc for scanning) for providing the definitions and explanations of land records for Monroe County and Michigan.
1940 Census- The official site for the 1940 census! FREE
LDS Familysearch - 1790-1940 census records, miscellaneous state census records too! FREE
Navarre Lime Book Index - compiled by Cliff Venier- Joseph G Navarre (1803-1862) was a member of a prominent early Monroe family. His “lime” book is an account book for his business transaction for the periods 1835-1838 and 1846-1853. His business in 1835 involved calcining limestone to make lime, which was used to neutralize soil to increase yields in agriculture.
Although the original purpose was to record lime “burns”, the book quickly became both a business account book and a journal of significant events. One interesting historical note: the amounts of accounts were often calculated in “bits”, one-eighth of a dollar (hence, a quarter is two bits). The symbol for bit was /.
The database records about 1000 entries, many of which are multiple entries for the same person. For example, there are five entries for George Custer in early 1849, and 55 for Abraham Chenever in the 1850s.
Historical & Genealogical Societies
Neighboring Historical Societies
Dearborn Museum -has some local church records on microfilm. Open Tuesdays 10-4 or by appointment.
Neighboring Genealogical Societies