Lake County, originally named Aishum after a well known Potawatomi Indian Chief was set off in 1840 and attached to Oceana County. In 1843 it was renamed to Lake for the numerous lakes in the county. For the next 30 years , it was attached to neighboring counties until organization in 1871. Chase, first settled in 1867, was the first county seat. Baldwin became the county seat in 1875. Baldwin was settled in 1872 and is named after Henry P. Baldwin, Governor of Michigan 1868-1872.
White pine forests covered Lake County in the 1870’s and helped make Michigan a leading lumbering state. Today the Manistee National Forest and the Pere Marquette State Forest covers much of Lake County.
In 2000 Lake County had a population of 11,333 and Baldwin, the largest village in Lake County, had a population of 1,107.
Chase First Congregational Church Records, 1873-1914, transcribed by Shanna Avery.
County Plat Maps A 1930's farm ownership plat map of Lake County. Maps of each of the 16 townships show the land owner's name, location, shape, and acreage of the property.
Baldwin Schools Alumni lists, old school photos from 1920’s to present.Baldwin Mail Route #1 Images of Kenneth U. Blass mail route book with names and addresses from 1953-1960. Contributed by Jim Blass.
Cemetery Transcriptions Cemetery transcripts of Lake County of Pleasant Plains Township and Webber Township. Includes AVERY, BRADFORD, DRILLING, GIBSON, KAMINSKI, ROUSE, and THIEMAN families Contributed by Chi Benedict.
Lake County Families Links to web pages of Lake County researchers.
Query Archive Queries from 1996-1999
1895 Map A old map of Lake County showing villages, railroads, and population. Many villages today are ghost towns.
Historic Places Places in Lake County on the National Register of Historic Places.
GENDIS Genealogical Death Indexing System (GENDIS) provided by the Division of Vital Records and Health Statistics of the Michigan Department of Community Health. Contains information on 150,000 Michigan death records from 1867-1882.
SSDI for Lake County Ancestry’s Social Security Death Index for Lake County.
Just Beginning Your Family Tree?? Handy links to other genealogy resources, methods, and sources.
1880 Census 1880 U.S. Census extract now available on on-line at FamilySearch.org!
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