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

  • Michigan Gazetteer. Wilmington, De.: American Historical Publications, 1991. FHL Book 977.4 E5mg. A historical gazetteer which gives detailed information about events that have occurred and the individuals who participated.

For other placename and locality books see:

  • ATLAS OF GREAT LAKES INDIAN HISTORY by H. Tanner.
  • ATLAS OF MICHIGAN, by Tackaberry.
  • ATLAS OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN by H.F. Walling.
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE PRINTED MAPS OF MICHIGAN, 1840-1880 by Louis C. Karpinski
  • EARLY MICHIGAN SETTLEMENTS by W.W. Florer.
  • LAKE SUPERIOR PLACE NAMES: FROM BAWATING TO THE MONTREAL, by Bernard C. Peters
  • MANUSCRIPT MAPS OF THE COUNTIES OF MICHIGAN, 1818-1841, 30 volS. by Bela Hubbard.
  • MICHIGAN ATLASES & PLAT BOOKS: A CHECKLIST 1872-1973, comp. by Wm. Miles.
  • MICHIGAN GHOST TOWNS, by Dodge, 3 vols.
  • MICHIGAN INDIAN PLACE NAMES, by Vogel
  • MICHIGAN SHADOW TOWNS: A STUDY OF VANISHING AND VIBRANT VILLAGES, by Gene Scott
  • TOWNSHIP ATLAS OF THE UNITED STATES comp. by John L. Andriot.

Other interesting data is the "The Rural Property Inventory" by LeRoy Barnett, a description of which appears in "Michigan's Habitant Heritage" the journal of the French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan, v.3 #3 p.43 (1982).

See also:
  • Polk's Michigan State Gazetteer and Business Directory -

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1875

1877



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 ($).