MANISTEE COUNTY
Databases and Links

ARCHIVES

Manistee County Archives

State Archives of Michigan

USGenWeb Michigan Archives Search Engine
Search all Michigan counties for a surname or keyword

BIBLE RECORDS

GenConnect Bible Records Board

BIOGRAPHIES
From Published Books

Manistee County GenConnect Biographies

GenConnect Biographies Full Text Page

Michigan Biographies Project

BIRTH, MARRIAGE & DEATH CERTIFICATES
Where to write for Birth, Marriage & Death certificates

Manistee County Clerk - BMD Records
By mail

Vital Chek -BMD Records
Credit cards accepted for Michigan Certificates
Some other states, and their individual counties, will not accept a credit card order for genealogy related certificates - even though they are listed in this system. I've run into this in Wisconsin, Cook County Illinois, and Pennsylvania. You'll have to write for those, and possibly others.

BOOKS

Bibliography - Manistee County Book Titles

Books: Higginson Book Company

CENSUS

 Search the 1820 MI Territorial Census  

Search the 1830 MI Territory Census

1850 Michilimackinac Census Index
Grand Traverse USGenWeb
This census includes the Manistee area before the county was formed.

1860 Manistee County Census
Online

1870 Manistee County Census
Online
1870 MI Census Index

1880 Manistee County Census Lookups
There is no index of names available for this 1880 census. So, you must have some idea of WHERE in the county they lived. For example, Arcadia, Bear Lake, Brown Twp, Manistee City, Manistee 1st Ward, Stronach, etc. This is a huge census, so searching for a needle in a haystack is not an option. Also, do not ask the volunteer to send you all of the "Smith's", etc. I truly appreciate her volunteer efforts, so please lets not overload her with requests that are impossible.

1880 Census Lookup

Example: Christian Hanson, Manistee 3rd Ward
Tip: Use Census, birth, marriage and death certificates for locality reference

1890 Manistee County Census
This census was destroyed by fire

1900 Manistee County Census - Partial Transcription
USGenWeb Census Project
Transcribed by Jim Ellefson for the USGenWeb Census Project
1900 Census Lookup
Conditions: No more than three names per e-mail
must include given names,
and have some idea of township or vicinity

1910 Manistee County Census
1910 Census Lookup
Conditions: No more than three names per e-mail
must include given names,
and have some idea of township or vicinity

1920 Manistee County Census
1920 Census Lookup
Conditions: No more than three names per e-mail
must include given names,
and have some idea of township or vicinity

1930 Manistee County Census
Now available
Check with your local library or LDS center for film rental,
or at Ancestry.com if you have a paid subscription.

Census Links.Com

Printable Abstract Census Forms

USGenWeb Census Project

US Historical Census Data Browser

CEMETERIES & FUNERAL HOMES

Cemeteries and Funeral Homes

Cemetery Photos

Cleon Township Cemetery Surname List

Harland / Dunkard Cemetery Surname List
Cleon Township

Misc. Catholic Records from St. Mary's, Manistee

1870 & 1880 Census Mortality Schedules

CHURCH RECORDS

Cyndi's List - Religion and Churches
Links to Religion & Churches

Diocese of Gaylord Archives
Catholic Sacramental Records OVER 100 years old
Includes Manistee Parishes

Manistee County Church Addresses

Manistee Church Histories

DATE CALCULATING and CALENDARS

Birthdate Calculator

10,000 Year Calendar

DEATH RECORDS

GenConnect Obituaries Board

GENDIS Quick Reference
by Year of Death - Manistee County

1867, 1869, 1870, 1871, 1872, 1873, 1874
1875, 1876, 1877, 1878, 1880
1882
Search GENDIS for further information

1870 & 1880 Census Mortality Schedules

Manistee County Death Records - Vol. 1
More Extracts of Records

Manistee County Register of Deaths, 1897 - 1909  NEW!

Manistee County Death Index
1969 - 1973

Manistee County Family Obituaries 1924 - 2000 NEW!

Manistee Co. Funeral Homes & Cemeteries

Misc. Catholic Interment Records

Search the Social Security Death Index 

Obituary Daily Times

FOREIGN RECORDS

Jewish Records Indexing - Poland
19th century Jewish Vital Records of Poland

Joint Archives of Holland Collections

HISTORY

Business Directory
1875-1877-1879-1881 Manistee County

Partial listings from these directories

 Civil War Soldiers of Manistee County

History of Manistee County, Published 1882
Lengthy transcriptions of historical nature

Historical Manistee Area Newspaper Clippings

History of Manistee 1899

Making Of America: Digital Library

 Manistee DAR Lineages

Manistee School History

Manistee in the Spanish-American War

 Manistee Timeline

The Matanuska Colony: The New Deal in Alaska

Pioneer Reminiscences

1895 Portrait And Biographical Record Of Northern Michigan

River Street Businesses, 1882 - City of Manistee

 S.C. Overpack's Big Wheels

Surname, Business History and Biography Index - 1882

The Great Fire of 1871

Township Histories

Tugs and Fleets

Yearbooks - 1929 and 1938
Manistee High School

HISTORICAL SOCIETIES
(Usually charge a nominal fee for research or membership)

Manistee County Historical Society & Museum

Arcadia Area Historical Society

Kaleva Historical Society
14551 Wuoski Ave.,
Kaleva, MI  49645
616-362-2080

Afro-American Historical & Genealogy Society

FEEFHS (Eastern European)

Finnish Institute of Migration

French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan

 Jewish Records Indexing - Poland

 Jewish Genealogical Society of Michigan

   Joint Archives of Holland

Michigan Genealogical Council

MMGS Michigan Society List

People of the Three Fires

 Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan

 Polish Genealogy Society of America

 Tribes and Villages of Michigan

Western Michigan Genealogical Society
Grand Rapids, Michigan

HOMEPAGES

Researcher Homepages and Surname Directory

IMMIGRATION LINKS

Cyndi's List - Immigration & Naturalization

Cyndi's List - Ships & Passenger Lists

Ellis Island

Finnish Institute of Migration

Hollandnet
Dutch Emigration on the Internet

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild

Immigration and Naturalization Service

Immigration and Ships Passenger Research Guide

The Immigration Experience
by Louis S. Alfano

Naturalization Records - NARA

Naturalization Records - State Archives of Michigan

The inGeneas Database
Canadian passenger and immigration records from the
18th, 19th and early 20th centuries

The Olive Tree Genealogy
Index to Passenger Lists

Port of New York, New York, 1820-1957
NARA Microfilm Publications & Where to Find these Records

Selected Images of Ellis Island and Immigration, ca. 1880-1920
From the Collections of the Library of Congress Photograph Division

LAND RECORDS & MAPS

Bureau of Land Management Records

Manistee County Land Records 1807 - 1907
This lists only the FIRST property owner

Manistee County Register of Deeds
(616) 723-2146

Manistee County Map - 1882

Michigan County Map - Lower MI

Place Names in Manistee County

Geographic Names Information Server
Enter town name, receive the county its located in

LIBRARY (Manistee County)

Manistee County Library
Attn: Genealogy research
95 Maple St.
Manistee, MI 49660

Offers a search and copy service. Fees for the service are $5.00 per hour of searching and $.25 per page copy fee.
Requires a written request, as specific as possible... Resources available: Past and present newspapers on film
(a good source for obituaries)

LOGGING INDUSTRY

Big Wheels

Lumbering, Logging & Forestry Records
State Archives of Michigan

The Sawmill

LOOKUPS

Cemetery: Cleon Township or Harland / Dunkard Cemetery

Census: See Census category above

Michigan Lookups - State Level

Random Acts of Genealogy Kindness Lookups

Lori Hoffman's CD Lookups

Yearbooks: 1929 and 1938 Manistee High School

MAIL LISTS

  MIMANIST (Manistee Co.)
 NISHNAWBE Native American (MI-WI)  
MI-WI ROOTS

MIMANIST
Type  MIMANIST in box to search Manistee County messages

MI-WI-Roots Mail List Archives

MANISTEE COUNTY RESEARCH

Research Resources
Which films you should rent for Manistee County Research

MARRIAGE

 Manistee County Marriage Index
Index to Marriages v. 1, 3-4 1855- # 945506
This is only one of several 'Index' films for Manistee County

Dibean Marriage Index

Manistee Co. Marriage Registry

NEIGHBORING COUNTIES & STATES

Benzie County

Grand Traverse County

Lake County

Mason County

Wexford County

Illinois GenWeb

Indiana GenWeb

Minnesota GenWeb

Wisconsin GenWeb

OBITUARIES
Where to obtain, and where to share

Manistee County Historical Museum
Old Manistee County obituaries

Manistee County Family Obituaries 1924 - 2000
NEW!

Manistee County Library
See "Library" above

Manistee News Advocate Obits
Current obituaries

Newspaper Obituary Index
Compiled Index - Recent years

Obituary Daily Times
National obituary references by surname & date

GenConnect Obituaries Board
Share your family obituaries here

PHOTOS, POETRY and SONG

Manistee Scenes, Then and Now

Manistee Ancestor Photo Album

 Manistee Poetry and Song  

Michigan Historic Sites Online - Photos

Yearbooks - 1929 and 1938 from Manistee High School

Winter of 1924 Photo Album

Detroit Publishing Co. Photographs Search

PROBATE COURT RECORDS

Probate Court Records from Manistee County

SHIPPING INDUSTRY

USGenWeb's Downward Bound

Grand Trunk Western Historical Society

Great Lakes Ships

Great Lakes and Seaway Shipping List of Links

Lake Michigan Shipwrecks - The Milwaukee

Manistee and Frankfort Lights

The Milwaukee

Tugs and Fleets

SOCIAL SECURITY DEATH INDEX

Search the SSDI

STATE & NATIONAL LINKS

MIGenWeb Michigan County Links

MIGenWeb Statewide

Rootsweb Searchable Databases

StateGenSites

Cyndi's List - Michigan Links

 USGenWeb  USGenWeb Kidz  World GenWeb

SURNAME SEARCHES

Ancestry.Com Search Page

Adoption - BirthQuest

Adoption - The Michigan Cloded Adoption Network

Cyndi's List - Queries & Message Boards

FamilySearch Internet Genealogy Service - LDS

  Family Tree Maker Search

Federation of East European Family History Societies
Surname Database CROSS-INDEX

GenConnect Surname Queries

GENDEX Database

Genealogy Gateway

Manistee County GenConnect Surname Queries

Manistee County GenConnect Biographies

Manistee County GenConnect Obituary Forum

Manistee County Marriage Index

Manistee County Marriages - Dibean Index

Manistee Surnames From Published Works

Surname Index 1882 History of Manistee County

Surname Web

Researcher Homepages and Surname Directory

Roots-L Michigan Surnames

Rootsweb Searchable Databases

Rootsweb Surname List

Rootsweb WorldConnect Gedcom Project

Surname Springboard

SurnameWeb

Yates Publishing - The Computerized Ancestor

TELEPHONE BOOK

 McLeod USA Phone Guide - Manistee & Ludington

WARTIME AMERICA

National Archives and Records Administration
The place to obtain Military & Pension Records

GRS Library - War Chart
Compiled by Daniel H. Burrows
Timeline of American Wars - Excellent Resource

Revolutionary War

Hessian Soldiers of the Revolution

Manistee DAR Lineages

Military history: American Revolution (1775-1783)

Revolutionary War Period
Bible, Family & Marriage Records

War of 1812

War of 1812 Muster/Pay Rolls

Military history: War of 1812 (1812-1814)

1812 Records - Where & How

Civil War

The American Civil War Homepage

The Civil War Archive
Union Regimental Index - Michigan

Manistee County Civil War Soldiers

How to Research CW Ancestors

Civil War Medicine

Spanish - American War

Manistee in the Spanish-American War

The Spanish American War Centennial Website

World War I

Military history: World War I (1914-1918)

World War I Document Archive

WW I - Photos of the Great War

World War II

Military history: World War II (1939-1945)

The Songs of WW II

Korean Conflict

Korean Conflict Deaths - Michigan

Military history: Korean War (1950-1953)

Vietnam Conflict

Military history: Vietnam War (1961-1975)

Vietnam Conflict Deaths - Michigan

The Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Wall Page

WILLS

Early Probate Records

GenConnect Wills Board

VETERANS ORGANIZATIONS

Military & Unit Veterans' Organizations
An outstanding Resource from
Cook Memorial Public Library, Libertyville, IL

VITAL RECORDS

Manistee Co. Clerk - BMD Records

 Vital Chek -BMD Records

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