Wayne

Wayne county was established in 1796 by the acting territorial governor, Winthrop Sargent, under the Northwest Ordinance and is the home of the city of Detroit so named after the French word for a strait between two lakes.  Due to its strategic location, it was first home to ancient mound builders and had continuous settlements prior to the establishment of the French village of Detroit by Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac in 1701.  During the early years of Euro-American habitation, it was home to: indigenous bands, French traders, English colonials, early Americans and people of African descent.  By treaty it was transferred to the United States after the Revolution but was formally turned over to General Anthony Wayne in 1796 when America took possession of what is now Wayne County and the most of what is known as Michigan today. 

Selected general works

Burton, Clarence Monroe.
History of Wayne County and the city of Detroit, Michigan. 1930.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   F572.W4 B97 1930

Compendium of history and biography of the city of Detroit and Wayne County, Michigan. 1909.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   F574.D4 C7 1909

Downriver days: a short history of Ecorse, River Rouge, Wyandotte, Melvindale, Allen Park, Lincoln Park and surrounding areas. 1959.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   F572.W4 D687 1959

Farmer, Silas, 1839-1902.
History of Detroit and Wayne County and early Michigan; a chronological cyclopedia of the past and present. 1969.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   F574.D4 F24 1969

Hayden, Wallace.
Images and ancestors: adventures in local history: Wyandotte and the Downriver region, Wayne County, Michigan.2013.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   F574.W9 H393 2013 

Selected newspapers

Belleville.
The Belleville enterprise. 1886 - 1939.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Canton Township
Canton observer & eccentric. 1974 - 1976.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Detroit.
Detroit free press.1837 - 1841.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Hamtramck.
Citizen.1939 - 1957.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Plymouth.
Wayne County review. 1879 - 1943.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Selected plats, maps, and atlases

Board of Wayne County Road Commissioners.
1960 official highway map of Wayne County. 1960.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN FLAT FILE 2N  G4113.W3P2 1960. B6

Board of Wayne County Road Commissioners.
Official highway map of Wayne County, Michigan 1941. 1941.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN FLAT FILE 2N  G4113.W3P2 1941. B63

Chamber of Commerce, Belleville.
Map of greater Belleville area.
1973.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN FLAT FILE 2N  Undersize G4114.B37P2 1973. B4

W.S. McAlpine Map Co.
Wayne County farm atlas, Michigan. 1936.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   G1413.W3 W39 1936 

Selected records, indexes, and transcriptions

1904 Wayne County, Michigan landowners index and maps. 2001.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   Folio F572.W4 A177 2001

Burials in the Eloise Cemetery, and removals to medical schools, Westland, Wayne County, Michigan, 1935-1943 / abstracted and compiled by Patricia Ibbotson. 2011.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   F572.W4 B87 2011

Denissen, Christian.
Genealogy of the French families of the Detroit River region, 1701-1911. 1976.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   F565 .D4z

Early land transfers, Detroit and Wayne County, Michigan. 1936 - 1940.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   F572.W4 E37 1936

Lambert, Marguerite Novy.
Marriage and death newspaper notices, Wayne County, Michigan, 1809-1868: newspaper notices from Michigan newspapers at the Michigan Historical Collections, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. 2001.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   F572.W4 L36 2001 

Selected government publications

Directory of officials, city of Detroit. 1965 – 2003, with gaps.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   JS832.A3 D57  1965

Michigan. Department of State Highways and Transportation.
Detroit and vicinity official railway map.1976.
LIB OF MICH MICH DOCS OFFICIAL FLAT FILE Undersize G4113.W3 1976 .M53

Wayne County.
Official list of county, city, village and township officers, including national and state officers, Wayne County, Michigan. 1939 – 1970.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   JS451.M59 W34

Wayne County.
Wayne County directory. 1972 - 1991.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   JS451.M59 W34 1972

Wayne County. Office for Industrial and Commercial Development.
Facts and data about Wayne County communities. 1973.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N   F572.W4 W3z 1970

April 12/03/2018