Benzie

Benzie, the smallest of Michigan’s 83 counties in terms of land area, includes part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The name is derived from the French name for saw-bill ducks, “bec-scie,” which evolved into “Betsie” and eventually “Benzie.” Benzie County was set off from Leelanau County in 1863 and organized by 1869 PA 385. The county canvassers were then directed by PA 385 to meet at the home of John Bailey of Benzonia to appoint the county’s first officers and begin discharge of their duties.

Selected general works

Barnard, Don.
Growing up stories: growing up in Benzie & Manistee Counties, Mich. in the 1930’s. 1996.
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Brosier, Emily Travis.
Lake Ann-small but friendly: a history of the village of Lake Ann located in Benzie County, Michigan. 1997.
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Daniels, Stacy L.
The comedy of Crystal Lake. 2015.
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Glarum, Sivert N.
Our land and lakes: Michigan, Benzie County, Lower Herring Lake. 2001.
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Yock, Louis.
Lost Benzie County. 2011.
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Selected newspapers

Benzie County. Michigan anniversary newspapers
Benzie County record-banner. 1976.
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Benzonia.
Benzie banner. 1888 - 1975.
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Frankfort.
Fruit and farm news. 1897.
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Frankfort.
The Benzie County patriot. 1922-1968.
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Thompsonville.
The Thompsonville news. 1901-1947.
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Selected plats, maps, and atlases

Benzie County 4-H Leaders Association.
Benzie County plat book, land atlas and sportsman’s guide. 1993.
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Farm & Home Publishers.
Benzie County, Michigan, 2008-2009 plat book. 2008.
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Ferris, Charles E.
Atlas of Benzie County, Michigan: with maps of Michigan, United States and the world, Alaska, Cuba, Porto Rico [sic], Hawaii and the Philippines; also a complete mailing list of all resident land owners of the county. 1901.
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Geo. A. Ogle & Co.
Standard atlas of Benzie County, Michigan: including a plat book of the villages, cities and townships of the County. 1915.
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Michigan. State Highway Department.
General highway map, Benzie County. 1940.
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Selected records, indexes, and transcriptions

Amidon, Ervan L.
East (old) section, Inland Township Cemetery, Benzie County, Michigan. 1982.
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Benzonia township burial listing -- name. 2004.
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Player, Margaret.
Index to the ninth federal census, 1870, Benzie County, Michigan. 1990.
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Thiel, J. Homer.
Early deaths, 1845-1870, in the Grand Traverse region: Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau Counties, Michigan. 2015.
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Wiggins, Jo. L.
Homestead township cemeteries, Benzie County, Michigan. 1990.
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Selected government publications

Michigan. Department of Commerce. Office of Business Information.
Community profile: Frankfort. 1986.
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Michigan. Department of Conservation
Benzie County. 1963.
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Michigan. Department of State. Michigan History Division.
A Wind gone down: out of the wilderness. 1978.
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Michigan. Department of Treasury.
Examination of the accounts and records of all funds of Benzie County for the year ended ... 1976.
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United States. Office of Economic Opportunity. Information Center.
Community profile, Benzie County, Michigan. 1967.
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Updated 10/26/2018