Michigan Family History Societies(B-C)

This section lists associations from Berrien to Cheboygan giving details about each one and what resources and publications they offer.

County Societies

Berrien County Historical Association

The association collects and preserves the history of Berrien County.  It was established in 1967 in order to operate the 1839 Courthouse as a historical museum.  Their exhibits tell the story of Berrien County from the glacier land formation to the 1950s.

Many resources are accessible, which include:

  • Births, Marriages and Deaths pre 1930
  • Books
  • Maps
  • Photographs
  • Primary Sources relating to the region's history
  • Probate Records pre 1930

Some databases are accessible on their site:

  • Deaths 1867-1929
  • Marriages 1832-1929
  • Medical Dentist's Registry
  • Medical Physicians Registry 1883-1898
  • Medical Nurses Registry 1910-1946
  • Medical Optometrists Registry 1910-1940
  • Probate Court Files

Numerous publications are available for sale, which incorporate:

  • Autotram
  • Greetings From Benton Harbor
  • Greetings from Berrien Springs
  • Greetings from Buchanan
  • Greetings from St Joseph
  • Greetings From Three Oaks
  • Historical Sketches Of Berrien County
  • Historic Walking Tour Of St. Joseph
  • Locomotives Along the Lakeshore
  • Millennial Visions And Earthly Pursuits
  • The Story Of Buchanan
  • Twin City Trolleys

Branch County Genealogy Society

Many publications are available for sale, which include:

  • 1854 and 1874 State Census Returns
  • Cemetery Records
  • Coldwater As It Used To Be
  • Coldwater Graduates 1868-1967: The First Hundred Years
  • Combined 1829-1929 Land Ownership Atlas of Branch County
  • Early Marriages 1876-1887
  • Original Land Purchasers from 1829 onwards
  • Portrait and Biographical Album of Branch County
  • Twentieth Century History and Biographical Record of Branch County

Charlevoix County Genealogical Society

The association has a comprehensive collection of resources, which include:

  • The Boyne Citizen 1887-1961 on Microfilm
  • The Boyne Citizen 1923 to the Present on the Original Paper
  • Census Returns
  • Local History Books
  • Local Obituaries from 1982
  • Michigan Civil War Veterans 1890

Some information is accessible on their site, which includes Early Businesses and Towns and Villages in Charlevoix County.

Numerous publications are available for sale, which incorporate:

  • 1885 Assessment Roll for the Village of Boyne City
  • 1901 Charlevoix Cookbook (Reprinted)
  • 1901 Plat Book of Charlevoix Co.
  • Boyne City United Methodist Church 1874-1974
  • Cemetery Records
  • GAR Membership Roster - East Jordan, Boyne City, Horton Bay, Charlevoix and Boyne Falls
  • Panorama View of Downtown Boyne City - 1887
  • A Pictorial History of the Boyne Valley Area
  • Researching Your Family History in Charlevoix County
  • Settlers to Sidewalks


Cheboygan County Genealogical Society

The association has transcribed the Burial Records from all Cheboygan Co. Cemeteries and this book is available through the site.

A list of Civil War Veterans is also accessible, along with a photograph collection.


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