Bay

The Michigan Legislature established Bay County in 1857 despite considerable objection from officials and residents, out of land originally designated for pre-existing Midland, Saginaw and Arenac counties. It lies on the east coast of Michigan, consisting of 443 square miles of land and 30 miles of shoreline that forms the central portion of Saginaw Bay.

 

Bay County is located in the eastern central region of the Michigan’s lower peninsula and is bordered by Arenac, Gladwin, Midland, Saginaw and Tuscola counties. 

Selected general works

Butterfield, George E.
History of Bay County. 1920.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F572.B3 H58 1920z v.3

Biographical Publishing Company.
Portrait and biographical record of Saginaw and Bay counties, Michigan: containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens… biographies. 1892.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F 572 .S17 P8

McCormick, William R.; Honsewetz, Lois Kent.
Bay City, Michigan Pioneer memoirs. 1995.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F 572 .B3 P56 1995

Rogers, D. Laurence.
Ghosts, crimes & urban legends of Bay City, Michigan. 2006.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  GR 78 .R64 2006

Lathrop, Louise Hyde.
The Coal fields of Bay County, Michigan. 1890.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN  TN 805 .M5 C55 1890a

Bloomfield, Ron.
Maritime Bay County. 2009.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN  F 572 .B3 B56 2009

Sharp, Odeal LeVasseur.
Place names and ghost towns of Bay County. 1974, 1976.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN  F 572 .B3 S4z

Selected newspapers

Bay City.
Le Courrier. 1884.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Essexville/Bay City.Essexville miscellaneous newspapers. 1900-1999.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Pinconning.
The Pinconning Press/Journal. 1905-2010.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Bay City.
Sztandar polski = The Polish weekly standard. 1917-1925.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Bay City.
Bay City times. 1916-2018.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Selected plats, maps, and atlases

Rockford Map Publishers.
Atlas & plat book, Bay County, Michigan. 1959-1997 (various years).
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  G 1413 .B4 R58

D. A. Bullock & Co.
The County of Bay, Michigan: maps, history, illustrations and statistics.1896.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  Folio G 1413 .B4 B8z

Bay County Road Commission
Map of Bay County, Michigan. 1946-1967 (various years).
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN FLAT FILE 2N  Undersize  G 4113 .B4 1946 .W2

Hagstrom Company.
Map of Bay City, Michigan including Essexville : Bay County. 1971.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN FLAT FILE 2N  G 4114 .B3P2 1971 .H3

Monroe & Learman
The County of Bay : state, county, township, city and village maps.1916.
LIB OF MICH RARE MICH 4N  Folio G 1413 .B4 M66 1916

Selected records, indexes, and transcriptions

Lucas, Richard E. & Trout, Mary Jane
1860 Bay County, Michigan census. 1977.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F 572 .B3 L83z

Bay County Genealogical Society
Bay County, Michigan cemetery records. 1978.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F 572 .B3 B3925 1978

Staudacher, Ruth M.
Bay County, Michigan families : notes from interviews. 1992.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F 572 .B3 S75 1992

Births, marriages, deaths and wills, Bay County 1857-1870. 1935.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F572.B3 B42 1935

Bay County Genealogical Society
Elm Lawn Cemetery, Bay City, Michigan : sexton records. 2007.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F574.B3 E56 2007, vol. 1-3

Selected government publications

Works Progress Administration, Division of Professional and Service Projects.
Bay County (Bay City): prepared by the Michigan Historical Records Survey Project. 1940.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  CD 3307 .B3 B39 1940

Bay County Board of Supervisors.
Proceedings of the Board of Supervisors, Bay County, Michigan. 1955-1959.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  JS 3 .M52 B392

State of Michigan.
Bay County state census. 1884, 1894.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM 2S  F72.B3 B397

Cooper, W. F.
Surface geology, Bay County, [Michigan]. 1905.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN FLATFILE 2N  G4113 .B4H5 1905 .C6A

Bay County.
Directories. 1949-1982
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  JS 3 .M52 B39z

Updated [10/25/2018