Barry

One of Michigan’s ‘cabinet counties’ Barry County was named for U.S. Postmaster William T. Barry, a member of Andrew Jackson’s cabinet to curry favor with the administration for support during the conflict with Ohio over the Toledo Strip and the quest for statehood. The county was formed by Michigan’s territorial legislature in 1829 and formally organized in 1839. It currently has 16 townships, 4 villages and one city, Hastings, the county seat.

Barry County is located in the southwest region of the Michigan’s lower peninsula and is adjacent to Ionia, Eaton, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, Allegan and Kent counties. 

Selected general works

Burpee, Harold D.
"Fresh out of the attic": tid-bits of Barry County history: …Hastings Banner articles. 1964.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N F 572 .B2 F7 1964

History Preservation Association of Barry County.
Barry County, Michigan: history & families 2008. 2008.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N F 572 .B2 B277 2008

Sweezey, James A.
Recollections of the Barry County bar forty-four years ago. 1896.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N KFM 4725 .S854 1896

Bernard, Prosper G.
Years gone by; an illustrated account of life in Prairieville, Barry, Hope and Orangeville Townships of Barry County, Michigan in the 19th and early 20th centuries. 1967.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N F 572 .B2 B4 1967

Jones, Kensinger.
A call from the country. 1989.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN PS 3560 .O52 Z46 1989

Selected newspapers

Hastings.
Barry County pioneer. 1851-1854, 1857-1862.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Hastings.
Hastings Republican Banner/Hastings Banner. 1851-1980.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Nashville.
The Nashville news. 1873-1966.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Caledonia/Middleville.
The Middleville Sun/Caledonia news. 1887-1971.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Nashville.
Maple Valley news. 1966-1982.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Selected plats, maps, and atlases

Rockford Map Publishers.
Atlas & plat book, Barry County, Michigan. 1966-1998 (various years).
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N G 1413 .B3 R58

Geil and Jones.
Map of the counties of Eaton and Barry, MI: drawn from special surveys & official records. 1860.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN FLATFILE 2N Oversize G 4113 .E2G46 1860 .G45

Boyd, Gregory A.
Family maps of Barry County, Michigan. 2006.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N F 572.B2 B69 2006

Rockford Map Publishers.
Farm plat book with index to owners, Barry County, Michigan. 1955, 1960, 1963.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N G 1413.B3 R58

Barry County Tourist & Resort Association.
Map of Barry County, Michigan. 1958.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN FLAT FILE Undersize G4113.B3P2 1958 .W2

Selected records, indexes, and transcriptions

Sawyer, Evelyn M.
Index to the 1860 Barry County, Michigan census. 1989.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN MICROFICHE 2S F 572 .B2 S29 1989a

Barry County, Michigan index to probate court records. 1983.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM 2S F 572 .B2 B3 1983

Boersma, Nancy L.
Fresh out of the attic, Barry County, Michigan … Index. 1982.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N F 572 .B2 F7 1964, Index

Walton, E.
Aetna Ins. Co. fire record and abstracts, 1856-1877 for Hastings and Barry Co. 1984.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM 2S HG 9778 .M5 W3 1984 reel 1

Mudge, Chas. E.
Mudge's directory of Eaton, Barry, and Ingham counties, … name, business, place of business… residence of all citizens... state, city, and village officials, directory of streets, churches, societies, etc. 1878.
LIB OF MICH RARE MICH 4N F 572 .E2 M8 1878

Selected government publications

State of Michigan.
Barry County state census, 1884, 1894. 1983.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM 2S F 572 .B2 B377 1983

United States. Office of Economic Opportunity. Information Center.
Community profile, Barry County, Michigan. 1967.
LIB OF MICH US DOCS 4S PrEx 10.9/5:B27

Michigan Dept of Conservation.
Barry County [map]. 1965.
LIB OF MICH MICH DOCS OFFICIAL FLATFILE 3N Undersize G 4113 .B3E63 1965 .M53

Barry County.
Directories.  1963-1986.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N JS 3 .M52 B37Z

Barry County Road Commission.
Map of Barry County, Michigan. 1968.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN FLAT FILE 2N Undersize G4113 .B3P2 1968 .B3

Updated 10/25/2018