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Welcome to the
Emmet County, MI
USGenWeb Homepage!

Hi, my name is Denise Frederick and I am the co-ordinator for the Emmet County USGenWeb pages. Although I would like to help with your personal research for your Emmet County, MI ancestor, I am unable to. My volunteer job as a County Co-ordinator is to design and maintain this webpage. If you would like to contribute information to these pages or know of other appropriate links, please email me and let me know.

The pages represented on this entire website may be freely linked to but not copied, under any circumstances, without my express permission... Denise

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History Including County Clerk information.









A website of links
and tips for those researchers that
are touched by Adoption.

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    Emmet County was founded on 1 April 1840 and named after the Irish patriot and fighter Robert Emmet. The county seat is Petoskey and the 1990 population stood at 25,040. The location is 45.5830N, 84.9806W and it encompasses 468 square miles. The county is located at the "Top of the Mitt" on the west side of the state of Michigan. It's bordered on the east by Cheboygan County, to the southwest by Charlevoix County and directly west by Lake Michigan. The county seat is in Petoskey, located on Little Traverse Bay, where the lakefront view is spectacular and the sunsets rival an artist's palette of colors. The name "Petoskey" is derived from an ancient Odawa word that describes, roughly, the "first rays of morning sun rising over the horizon". Petoskey gave its name to the Michigan state stone, a fossil with markings that resemble the rays of the sun. Our spring and summertime activities include mushrooming, sailing, golf, boating, skiing and other water sports. Our fall and winter activities include researching and working on genealogy, hunting, snow skiing, snowmobiling, reading by a warm, toasty fire and "Bump-Jumping", an outdoor winter sport invented here in Petoskey.
    Picture of the train Depot located in downtown Petoskey

    Two NEW transcribed cemeteries were added to this website on 15 Nov 1999

    Yes, I've updated the look of the main webpage, and although it looks different, it still will be full of wonderful Emmet Co., MI related information.

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    Visiting this website has now been made easier by using the Search Engine to the left. However, there are now over 660 obituaries that are available for viewing but not accessable through this search engine. Click on this obituary link to access them. Good luck with your research... Denise

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    Emmet County's neighboring counties

    Many of the counties that surround Emmet County will sometimes hold records of your ancestors. For instance, an ancestor that lived in Emmet County might have done business in Charlevoix County, MI or they might have traveled to Antrim County for legal matters. Perhaps a family member went to visit someone in Cheboygan County and unexpectedly died. A family might have had an extended visit with relatives in Otsego County and a birth might have ocurred. Or, by chance, an ancestor might have *run away* to get married and they traveled to Presque Isle County. It's so important to check into the records of the neighboring counties, who knows what you might discover!!!

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    Although I would like to help you with your research, I 'm am unable to due to time constaints. However, if you would like some ideas for your Emmet Co., MI genealogical research, please click here.
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