Washtenaw County Historical Information
Other people think it was the Potawatami word for large stream or river. Emerson Greenman, a former curator of the museum of anthropology at the University of Michigan, wrote that Washtenaw derived from the Algonquin and meant 'Far Country' with Detroit as the Point of reference.
Washtenaw County was formed in 1826 from Wayne and Oakland Counties and at the time contained a portion of Livingston, Eaton and Jackson Counties with Ann Arbor as the county seat. There are many legends concerning the name Washtenaw. Some people think it was the name of an Indian who lived near the mouth of the river.
- History of Michigan by Charles Moore
- Polk's Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Washtenaw County Directory (1916) by R.L. Polk & Co.
- The Red Book of Michigan: A Civil, Military and Biographical History by Charles Lanman
- The History Of Detroit And Michigan Or A Chronological Cyclopaedia Of The Past And Present Including A Full Record Of Territorial Days In Michigan And The Annals Of Wayne County by Silas Farmer
- The Glen V. Mills Directory of the City of Ann Arbor by Glen V. Mills
- Early History of Michigan by Stephen D Bingham
- History of the University of Michigan by Burke Aaron Hinsdale
- General Catalogue of Officers and Students, 1837-1890 by University of Michigan
- Student Directory (1904) by University of Michigan
- The Underground Railroad in Ann Arbor
- A History of the German Settlers in Washetnaw County 1830 to 1930 by Dale R. Herter and Terry Stollsteimer
(Appendix: Names and Origins of Washtenaw German Pioneer Names)
- Past and present of Washtenaw County, Michigan / by Samuel W. Beakes, together with biographical sketches of many of its prominent and leading citizens and illustrious dead.
- Combination atlas map of Washtenaw County, Michigan / compiled, drawn and published from personal examinations and surveys by Everts & Stewart.
- History of Washtenaw County, Michigan : together with sketches of its cities, villages and townships...and biographies of representative citizens : history of Michigan.
- A third volume devoted to Washtenaw County [Mich.] edited by Byron Alfred Finney.
- Portrait and biographical album of Washtenaw County, Michigan, containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens, together with biographies of all the governors of the state, and of the presidents of the United States.
- eWashtenaw County History (with FAQs)
- National Register of Historical Places - MICHIGAN, Washtenaw County A complete listing of Places of Historical Interest in Washtenaw.
- Historical Markers
- Washtenaw County Historical Society
- Making of Ann Arbor
- National Register of Historic Places
- USGenWeb Penny Postcards from Washtenaw
- The diary entries of John Geddes, an early settler of Washtenaw County, MI. Click on the Birth, Death and Marriage extractions from the John Geddes Diaries, an early settler of Washtenaw County, MI. Submitted by Timothy Kreh.
- The early history of the Fuller family as written in 1901 by, James Harland Fuller. Submitted by Mary Lou Hamilton Rogers
- An historical account of Washtenaw Co., MI written before 1889, by Jehiel Hull BAKER Submitted by Daniel Fay
- These Pioneer articles represent reports of historical interest from County, Town and District Pioneer Societies. These notes were complied yearly and yield interesting stories of Michiganís early years.
- Washtenaw County Historic Sites of Interest
- Washtenaw County graduates from a listing of 1881-1918 Alumni that attended Plymouth High School, in neighboring Wayne County, MI
- Chronological history of Ypsilanti, MI
Washtenaw County Court Information
- Washtenaw County Clerk
101 East Huron Street, P.O. Box 8645
Ann Arbor, MI 48107
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Divorce: 1838 to present. Records with Court Services Division at same address.
Naturalization: Available at State Archives
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