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Welcome to the
Washtenaw County, MI
USGenWeb Homepage!

Hi, my name is Denise Frederick and I am the co-ordinator for the Washtenaw County USGenWeb pages. Although I would like to help with your personal research for your Washtenaw 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.



Lost and Found







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

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    Washtenaw County was formed in 1826 from Wayne and Oakland Counties and at the time contained a portion of Livingston, Eaton and Jackson Counties. Ann Arbor was named 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.

    Other people think it was the Potawatamie word for large stream or river. Emerson Greenman, a former curator of the museum of anthopolgy at the University of Michigan, wrote that Washtenaw derived from the Algonquin and meant 'Far Country' with Detroit as the Point of reference.

    1932 picture of the University of Michigan Hospital

    Three NEW resources were added to this website on 12 Feb 2000. The full Pray cemetery transcription and the 1840 Census reading for Superior Township

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

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    Washtenaw County's neighboring counties

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

    Mailing List... Click on the version of the mailing list that you want to subscribe to, then write just the single word "subscribe" (without the quotes) in the body of the message. That's all. The Washtenaw Co., MI Mailing list is moderated by Charla Kurtz.

    • Regular Mode MIWASHTE-L A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical interest in Emmet County, Michigan.

    • Digest Mode MIWASHTE-D
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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 Washtenaw Co., MI genealogical research, please click here.
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