Michigan Family History Societies(S-Z)

This section lists county associations from Shiawassee to Washtenaw giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

County and other Societies

Shiawassee County Genealogical Society

The association has contributed Genealogical Material to Shiawassee District Library - Owosso Branch.  A link to search the Shiawassee Co. Surname File is available, along with information regarding where you can find Area Archives. 

Many publications are also available, including:

  • Cemetery Locations and Inscriptions
  • Early Land Owners of Shiawassee Co. 1836-1845
  • Marriages from 1862-1867
  • Naturalisation Intent Records 1854-1906
Website:
https://sites.google.com/site/scogensoc

Stockbridge Area Genealogical and Historical Society

Numerous indexes are accessible on the site, which include Death Notices from the Stockbridge Newspaper from 1886-1966 and 1968-1999.  It is possible, for a fee, to obtain a copy of the Actual Death Notice from the Society. 

A Marriage Index from 1838-1867 sorted by Bride's Name and Groom's Name is also accessible,

Links to the four County Courthouses in Ingham, Jackson, Livingston and Washtenaw Counties are accessible.

Many publications are sold by the society, which incorporate:

  • North Stockbridge Cemetery Transcriptions
  • Oaklawn Cemetery Transcriptions
Website:
http://www.stockbridgeareaghs.org/

Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society

Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society of Southwest Michigan was established in 1987. Their aim is to preserve the history of the places of Southwest Michigan.

Many resources are accessible in Van Buren District Library, including Telephone Directories, Southwest Michigan Yearbook Collection and the Plat Book Collection. 

Archives also relate to many Counties in the state, which incorporate:

  • Atlases
  • Birth, Marriage and Death Records
  • Cemetery Books
  • Chancery Records
  • Federal and State Census Returns
  • Land Records
  • Mortality Schedules
  • Naturalisation Papers
  • Newspapers
  • Poorhouse Registers
  • Probate Indexes
  • Soldiers Discharges
  • Wills

Many archives are available on the site, which incorporate:

  • Photographs which include images from Rush Lake Potawatomi Cemetery
  • Rush Lake Potawatomi Cemetery Index
  • Soldier Obituary Collection 1899-1938 (Index)
  • Van Buren Births 1867-1871
  • Van Buren Death Index 1935-1945

In addition, they offer access to the following databases:

  • Pedigree Chart Collection
  • Photograph Collection
  • Southwest Michigan Marriage, Engagement, Anniversary and Divorce Announcements Indexes
  • Southwest Michigan Obituary Indexes

A charge is made by the society to retrieve the Record from these Indexes.

A list of place names in Michigan, along with the county in which they are situated, is on the site.

Website:
http://www.vbrgs.org

Washtenaw County Genealogical Society

The association is currently transcribing Cemetery Headstones for later publication.  Many resources are available in their libray located at the Family History Center, 525 East Woodland Drive, Saline, MI 48176, including How-To Books, Some Genealogies and other archives relating to various States and Countries, but specifically for Michigan and Washtenaw County. 

Information regarding a whole range of resources is available, which incorporate:

  • Bibles
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Census Returns
  • Church Registers
  • City Directories
  • Courthouse Records
  • Land Records
  • Newspapers
  • Obituaries
  • Vital Records

Vital Records include links regarding:

  • Deaths 1867-1897
  • Dibean Marriage Database
  • Seeking Michigan Death Certificates 1897-1920
  • Washtenaw Co. Clerk's Deaths and Marriages Databases 1959-present and 1963-present respectively

In addition, they have details of Bethlehem, St John's Lutheran, Mount Hope or St. John's and Zion Lutheran or Rogers Corners Cemeteries.

Many publications are available for sale, which include: 

  • Back Issues of Family History Capers, the Society's quarterly journal
  • Cemetery Inscriptions of Saline Township
  • Directory of Washtenaw Co. Cemeteries
  • Index to O. W. Stephenson's Ann Arbor: The First Hundred Years
  • Washtenaw Co. 1894 Census Index

A list of surnames currently being researched by Members is also available.

Website:
http://washtenawgenealogy.org

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