Michigan Gazetteers

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Several helpful gazetteers of Michigan have been published. Three of the better sources for finding place names are:

  • Blois, John T. Gazetteer of the State of Michigan. Detroit, Michigan: S.L. Rood, 1939. (Family History Library film 897469 item 1; fiche 6051130.)
  • Romig, Walter. Michigan Place Names. Grosse Pointe, Michigan: N.p., 197-. (Family History Library book 977.4 E2r; film 982202 item 1.)
  • Michigan Gazetteer. Wilmington, Delaware: American Historical Publications, 1991. (Family History Library book 977.4 E5mg.) A historical gazetteer which gives detailed information about events that have occurred and the individuals who participated.

How did your migrating ancestor find the correct destination out West? Quite possibly they had a copy of Brown's book:

  • Brown, Samuel R. The Western Gazetteer or Emigrant's Directory, Containing a Geographical Description of the Western States and Territories, viz. The States of Kentucky, Indiana, Louisiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Mississippi: and the Territories of Illinois, Missouri, Alabama, Michigan, and North-Western. Auburn, N.Y.: H.C. Southwick, 1817. Digital versions at NIU Library Digitization Projects and World Vital Records ($).

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