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!
- Bedford Branch Library's Local History page- all things Bedford, many donated by Trudy Urbanian
- Monroe County Library System - links to all Monroe County Library System branches
- Monroe County Historical Museum, 126 S. Monroe St, Monroe, MI 48161
- Old Mill- Dundee, Michigan- Great resource for local history. Be sure to check out their NEW obituary index!
- 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.!
- Detroit Public Library - Check out the Burton Historical Collection and the huge photo collection on-line.
- Riverview Family History Center- open Tuesdays and Wednesdays. See their website for more details
- Mel-Michigana- Lots of resources for Monroe County and Michigan (can access Heritage Quest from this site)
- 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
- History of St. Michael's Catholic Church (PDF)
- 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
- Archdioceses of Toledo- Microfilmed copies of many Catholic records on FamilySearch.org
- 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
- West 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 Estate files 3-2460 (1811-1870) digitized copies are on line - on FamilySearch.org. These films are also available at the Archives of Michigan in Lansing. Copies are 20 cents/page. Ancestry recently added digitized probate records of Michigan to their collection. These include the probate files for Monroe County to about 1878 (the index is in our newsletters in April 1992- Aug 1993 issues).
- Probate Search - The search covers only 1988 to current. The Probate Court has transferred many of the Monroe County probate files to the Archives of Michigan in Lansing. Access to the probate records may be restricted if the material contains references to adoptions which is defined as confidential information by the State Court Administrator’s Office (SCAO). If restricted, researchers will need to make a research request to the Archives of Michigan for a search. In reviewing the records, staff found that indexes, calendars, and journals often contain mention of adoptions. If such references are present, the material will be restricted. The indexes from Monroe County Probate Court are restricted as they include adoptions, but the case files on microfilm will not be restricted as they do not have adoptions in them. In order to cover staff time, the fee for an index search will be $10.00. Researchers will also be able to make a research request for the case file only if they already have the case number for a fee of $30. Researchers can also make a research request for both an index search and case file copy for a fee of $40. The Archives of Michigan has lowered the current price for a probate record request and a-la-carte options to ease the burden on those placing remote requests. List of Probate Records Tranferred to Archives in Lansing.
You might have a soldier in your family and not know it. Here is a list of wars/conflicts with the years they occurred and the time period when your ancestor would have been born to have served:
- Revolutionary War, 1775-1783 -- birth years 1726-1767
- War of 1812, 1812-1815 -- birth years 1762-1799
- Mexican War, 1846-1848 -- birth years 1796-1831
- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- birth years 1811-1848
- Spanish-American War, 1898 -- birth years 1848-1881
- Philippine Insurrection, 1899-1902 -- birth years 1849-1885
- World War I, 1917-1918 -- birth years 1872-1900
- World War II, 1941-1945 -- birth years 1877-1925
- Korean War, 1950-1953 -- birth years 1900-1936
- Vietnam War, 1964-1975 -- birth years 1914-1955
Spanish American War
Miscellaneous Military Info and Sites
- Monroe County Michigan County Clerk
- On-Line Services for Monroe County - search available for deeds and probate (starting in 1988)
- 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 1897-1952. Certificates for 1897 to 1941 are available to search and print. The certificates for 1942 are being loaded this month and should be completed in a few weeks. Some may not be available as they are loading, so please be patient. If you are 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. Use Chrome as your browser rather than Explorer! If you can't find the name you are searching, try switching N and U (e.g. Branchean or Braucheau) or search on the date and place only. Names are NOT required in the search! And many names are misspelled.
- 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- Check here for the early deaths in our county, not all were recorded in the county ledger, some were sent directly to the state! The list can also be found in our August 2015- Feb 2016 newsletters.
- Michigan Death Certificate Index 1921-1952- Information from Michigan death certificates on familysearch.org. Seekingmichigan will be adding images for the 1942 death certificates to their site in the near future!
- 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). Searchable through Ancestry also.
- Washtenaw County Marriage & Death Index- 1959 to present
Cemeteries - Links directly to Find A Grave for each cemetery. Several of these cemeteries have full transcriptions available on our website (for members) under Record Transcriptions. The numbers correspond with the cemetery map of the county.
113. Baker Cemetery (See Carleton Cemetery) - Full transcription available
17. Brest Cemetery - one known burial, Gideon Badger, a Revolutionary War vet
Campbell Burying Ground- now part of Ash Center Cemetery
113. Carleton Cemetery (aka Baker Cemetery) Full transcription available for cemetery and mausoleum
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.)
the church and ALL stones are now on Find A Grave. Be careful using the information on
some memorials- some people are posting to Holy Ghost when the cemetery should be
Gethsemane. Full transcription available.
37. Hungerford Cemetery - no longer active and no known stones exist, located in Bedford Twp
on Jackman Road.
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! Full transcription available.
44. Leib Cemetery Photos of markers in Leib are available here. Full transcription available.
73. London Vault Cemetery - on SW side of Plank Road across from the church. See London
Twp Cemetery in Find-A-Grave listings.
58. Lulu Cemetery (aka Ida Twp Cemetery) All known markers are photographed and on
Find A Grave. Transcription in process to be posted on website soon!
now! Those without markers are from the twp burial permits. Full transcription available.
Marble Park- technically in Washtenaw County, but many Milan Twp residents are buried there. DAR reading (from 1930's) available on FamilySearch.org
Only one tombstone and 2 footstones were found when canvassed in 2000. It is a private,
Cemetery, located in Raisinville Twp. Full transcription available.
markers for anyone in this cemetery!
114. Northside Cemetery (aka Maybee Protestant)- across the street from St. Joseph Catholic in
105. Old Burial Ground (aka St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Old St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery)
Full transcription under Record Transcriptions (members)
32. Potter Cemetery (aka Swan Creek Cemetery) formerly land locked cemetery, see Potter
Cemetery page on left menu.
22. Potter's Field (aka Monroe Potter's Field Cemetery, County Infirmary)
87. Rath Cemetery - next to Prince of Peace Cemetery, originally owned by the Rath family.
Full transcription available.
Full transcription available.
in members only.
Rupert Cemetery- Located near Newburg and Briar Hill Roads on private property in
Ash Twp. No record of any burials has been found and in 2003 the cemetery was
searched using a cadaver sniffing dog. No remains were found.
New transcription available
merged with St. Marks in Ida)
Twp on Exeter Road) (aka Stoney Creek Cemetery)- Full transcription available
on the corner of Exeter & Stoney Creek Rds )- Full transcription available
on W. Labo Road and has the most recent burials)- Full transcription available
41. Weeks Cemetery (located in Samaria- only 2 known burials, Sam and Sammy Weeks)
thanks to Grace & Joy. Church records available on our website under Record
16. White Cemetery (aka LaDuc, located on the east side of North Dixie Hwy near South Street
in Section 7 of Berlin Twp)
Transcription in process!
Jane & Lo for the many corrections and memorials. Burial records for Woodland to be
Note: you must now log in to view records on FamilySearch!
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.
Toledo's Attic- has some information about early Monroe County (thanks to Rick Grassley for this link!)
Historical & Genealogical Societies
Neighboring Historical Societies
Neighboring Genealogical Societies
Neighborhood Names and their locations (just a start!)
- Alexandria- now part of Newport, from Liber Z, inside front cover, dated 1837
- Brest- Frenchtown
- Bullockville - in Bedford
- Clark's Corners -a school in Newport area
- Federman- around section 32 of Dundee Twp
- Geneseo- NE1/4 of Section 19, T5S, R7E (London Twp) dated ca 1837
- Huron Station -post office =Rockwood
- Kelley's Crossing -Lasalle
- Little Lake- 4 miles west of Vienna
- Logan Valley
- Maple Avenue
- Monroetown -meaning Monroe Twp
- Mooreville &/or Tulanville -Milan
- Reighley- section 20 London Twp from Liber Y, Page 388
- Sand Pit -by McIntyre Cemetery
- Scrabble Hollow -a school in Frenchtown
- South Raisin
- Taylor Town (from an 1817 map)
- Vienna -Erie
- West Zion -Dundee area
- Whiteford Center
- Winchester -Lasalle
- Yargerville- the former post office is located on the corner of Minx and Wood Roads on the border of LaSalle & Ida Twps.