Genealogical Society of Monroe County, MI

Where to do research in Monroe County

Monroe County Genealogical Research Resources:

Libraries and Archives
Obituaries & Newspapers
Church Records
  • 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
  • Archdioceses of Detroit- Monroe County Catholic Churches were under their jurisdiction
  • Archdioceses of Toledo- Microfilmed copies of many Catholic records on
  • 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 Court
  • Probate Records Estate files 3-2460 (1811-1870) digitized copies are on line - on  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.
Military Research
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
Revolutionary War
War of 1812
Civil War
Spanish American War
Miscellaneous Military Info and Sites
Vital Records
  • 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
  • Michigan Births 1867-1902 - Births in Michigan from state ledgers on 
  • Michigan Marriages 1868-1925 - Marriages in Michigan from state ledgers on
  • 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 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


Local Histories

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.

27.   Ash Center (aka Campbell Burying Ground)
113. Baker Cemetery (See Carleton Cemetery) - Full transcription available
35.   Bedford Memorial Cemetery - Also known as Blouch-Osgood Cemetery
117. Bedford Memorial Gardens - Full transcription available
62.   Blouch Cemetery (See Neriah Cemetery)
71.   Blue Bush Cemetery (See St. Joseph Cemetery, Leidel-Hoffman Cemetery)
87.   Bound Cemetery  (See Rath Cemetery) 
17.   Brest Cemetery - one known burial, Gideon Badger, a Revolutionary War vet
48.   Brigham Cemetery  Map of Brigham Cemetery showing lot numbers
        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.)
79.   Cone Catholic Cemetery (See Old St. Marys Cemetery in Cone, Milan Twp)
70.   Cooney Irish Catholic Cemetery (See St. John's Catholic Cemetery) 
53.   Coppernoll Cemetery (See Sandy Hill Cemetery) located in Exeter Twp
72.   County Line Cemetery also known as Hack or French Cemetery
80.   Doty Cemetery - Full transcription available
49.   Erie Union Cemetery (aka Union Cemetery)
31.   Evergreen Cemetery (See Port Creek Evergreen Cemetery).  
81.   Gethsemane Cemetery - across the street from Holy Ghost Church in Raisinville Twp.
93.   Head-O-Lake Cemetery (See Lakeview Cemetery, Pleasantview Cemetery)
82.   Holy Ghost Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery (aka Sandy Creek) This cemetery is BEHIND
        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.
104. Immaculate Heart of Mary Cemetery (aka St. Joseph Catholic- IHM Sisters Private
59.   Immanuel Cemetery (aka East Ida) 
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.
93.   Lakeview Cemetery (aka Head-O-Lake Cemetery, Pleasantview Cemetery)
44.   Leib Cemetery Photos of markers in Leib are available here.  Full transcription available.
71.   Leidel-Hoffman Cemetery (See Blue Bush Cemetery, St. Joseph, London Cemetery)
73.   London Township Cemetery - across Plank Road from London Vault Cemetery, next to the
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!
21.   Lutheran Home Cemetery aka Altenheim Cemetery
45.   Maple Grove Cemetery- located in Dundee Twp. ALL known burials are in Find A Grave
        now!  Those without markers are from the twp burial permits.  Full transcription available.
61.   Maplewood Cemetery - all markers are on Find A Grave now, with photos.  New             
        transcription available.
        Marble Park- technically in Washtenaw County, but many Milan Twp residents are buried             there.  DAR reading (from 1930's) available on
        McCormick Cemetery- Located on Doty Road just south of Blue Bush Road in Exeter Twp. 
        Only one tombstone and 2 footstones were found when canvassed in 2000.  It is a private,
        inactive cemetery.
85.   McIntyre Cemetery also known as Sand Pit or Sand Hill, Blue Bush or Coppernoll 
        Cemetery, located in Raisinville Twp.  Full transcription available.
22.   Monroe Potter's Field Cemetery  (See Potter's Field, County Infirmary) There are NO
        markers for anyone in this cemetery! 
62.   Neriah Cemetery (aka Blouch Cemetery)
114. Northside Cemetery (aka Maybee Protestant)- across the street from St. Joseph Catholic in
46.   Oak Grove Cemetery (aka Oakwood Cemetery)
105. Old Burial Ground (aka St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Old St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery)
110. Old Petersburg Cemetery (aka Wing Cemetery)
15.   Old Saint Charles Cemetery (aka Saint Charles Cemetery)
79.   Old St. Marys Cemetery (aka Cone Catholic Cemetery)
39.   Our Lady of Mount Carmel Ressurrection Cemetery (aka Ressurrection Cemetery)-
        Full transcription under Record Transcriptions (members)
93.   Pleasantview Cemetery (See Lakeview Cemetery, Head-O-Lake Cemetery)
90.   Pleasant View Cemetery  Full transcription available.
75.   Pool Townsend Cemetery (aka Raleighville Cemetery)
31.   Port Creek Evergreen Cemetery (aka Evergreen Cemetery)- Full transcription in process!
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)
86.   Prince of Peace Church Cemetery (aka St. Matthews)
87.   Rath Cemetery  - next to Prince of Peace Cemetery, originally owned by the Rath family.  
        Full transcription available.
75.   Raleighville Cemetery (See Pool Townsend Cemetery) 
58.   Red Maple Cemetery- Newest section of Lulu/Ida Twp Cem. (west of road into cemetery)
39.   Ressurrection Cemetery (aka Our Lady of Mount Carmel Ressurrection Cemetery)- 
        Full transcription available.
63.   Richardson Cemetery - Full transcription available.  All markers on Find A Grave.
69.   Roselawn Memorial Park - Listing of burials as of 2014 under Record Transcriptions
        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.
15.   Saint Charles Cemetery (aka Old Saint Charles Cemetery)- Full transcripton available
91.   St. Alphonsus Cemetery located in Monroe County, but is associated with the Catholic Church in Deerfield
40.   St. Anthony's Catholic Cemetery (Bedford Twp, on Erie Road between Douglas & Secor)-
        New transcription available
70.   St. John's Catholic Cemetery (aka Cooney Irish Catholic Cemetery)
71.   St. Joseph Cemetery (aka Blue Bush Cemetery, Leidel-Hoffman Cemetery)
115. St. Joseph Cemetery - Maybee- Full transcription available
86.   St. Matthews Cemetery- aka Prince of Peace (was St. Matthews until 1960 when the church
       merged with St. Marks in Ida)
34.   St. Patrick's Catholic #1 (this cemetery is in 3 sections, Cemetery # 1 is located in Exeter
        Twp on Exeter Road) (aka Stoney Creek Cemetery)- Full transcription available
34.   St. Patrick's Catholic #2 (this cemetery is in 3 sections, Cemetery # 2 is located in Ash Twp
        on the corner of Exeter & Stoney Creek Rds )- Full transcription available 
34.   St. Patrick's Catholic #3 (this cemetery is in 3 sections, Cemetery # 3 is located in Ash Twp
        on W. Labo Road and has the most recent burials)- Full transcription available  
56.   St. Paul's Lutheran - on Stone Road in Maybee.  Full transcription available.
24.   St. Paul's Lutheran- in Monroe Twp (aka Zoar).  Listing of stones in this cemetery on
53.   Sandy Hill Cemetery (aka Coppernoll Cemetery)
32.   Swan Creek Cemetery (See Potter Cemetery)
106. Trinity Lutheran Cemetery - full transcription of this cemetery available 
49.   Union Cemetery (aka Erie Union Cemetery)
42.   Van Auken Cemetery (See also Whiteford Union or Union Cemetery)
41.   Weeks Cemetery (located in Samaria- only 2 known burials, Sam and Sammy Weeks)
60.   West Ida Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery - All burials for this cemetery on Find A Grave
        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)
96.   Whiteford Union Cemetery (aka Whiteford Cemetery) Lambertville, MI.  
        Transcription in process!
108. Woodland Cemetery (aka Woodland Historic or Grove Cemetery) Special thanks to
        Jane & Lo for the many corrections and memorials.  Burial records for Woodland to be        
        posted on our website soon!   Map of Woodland  Map of Woodland from 1842
65.   Zion Lutheran Cemetery - in Ida
107. Zion Lutheran Cemetery- in Monroe 
Land Records
Monroe County Deed Search- for records AFTER 1976
Index to deeds and deeds digitized on FamilySearch.  All books are digitized now!! 
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.
Census Records
1940 Census- The official site for the 1940 census!  FREE
1940 Census form -blank form with all questions asked in 1940 census
Heritage Quest (via Ellis Library):  1790-1820 & 1860-1930 (partial) census.   FREE for Monroe County residents
LDS Familysearch - 1790-1940 census records, miscellaneous state census records too!    FREE
1820 Monroe County census- transcribed copy
Miscellaneous Records
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.
‚ÄčMonroe County Wikipedia Page- lots of great info and links to other info.
Michigan Historical Society Centennial Farm Program- the place to go for information on how to apply for a centennial farm in the State of Michigan.
Monroe Memories- Information on the history of Monroe County, MI.
Toledo's Attic- has some information about early Monroe County (thanks to Rick Grassley for this link!)
Northwest Ohio History- including some items on Monroe County, MI (thanks to Rick Grassley for this link!)
 GSMC Member Pages
Historical & Genealogical Societies
Neighboring Historical Societies
Neighboring Genealogical Societies
Bedford Berlin
Ida LaSalle
Milan Monroe
Summerfield Whiteford
   Neighborhood Names  and their locations (just a start!) 
  • Alexandria- now part of Newport, from Liber Z, inside front cover, dated 1837
  • Bateman
  • Belden
  • Brest- Frenchtown
  • Bullockville - in Bedford
  • Clark's Corners -a school in Newport area
  • Dundee
  • Federman- around section 32 of Dundee Twp
  • Geneseo- NE1/4 of Section 19, T5S, R7E (London Twp) dated ca 1837
  • Gert
  • Grafton
  • Grape
  • Huron Station -post office =Rockwood
  • Kelley's Crossing -Lasalle
  • Lambertville
  • Little Lake- 4 miles west of Vienna
  • Logan Valley
  • Lulu
  • Maple Avenue
  • Maybee
  • Meyers
  • Meyers
  • Milwaukee
  • Monroetown -meaning Monroe Twp
  • Mooreville &/or Tulanville -Milan
  • Newport
  • Oldport
  • Reighley- section 20 London Twp from Liber Y, Page 388
  • Samaria
  • Sand Pit -by McIntyre Cemetery
  • Scofield
  • Scrabble Hollow -a school in Frenchtown
  • South Raisin
  • Steiner
  • 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.