Clare

Originally laid off as Kaykakee County in 1840 and named for a local Native American chief, Clare was renamed in 1843, likely by a surveyor honoring his birthplace in County Clare, Ireland.  For judicial and municipal purposes, it was attached to various other neighboring counties for many years until it was officially organized as a free-standing county in 1871.  The county seat is Harrison.

Clare County ‘Where the north begins’ is located in the center of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, divided into 16 townships and surrounded by Missaukee, Roscommon, Osceola, Isabella and Gladwin counties.

Selected general works

Humphrys, C. R.; Green, R. F.
Clare County lake inventory. 1962.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  Folio GB 1625 .M5 C537 1962

Meek, Forrest B.
Michigan's timber battleground : a history of Clare County, 1674-1900. 1976.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  HD 9757 .M5 M44Z

Harrison Area Genealogical Society.
Chiseled in stone : finding your past in Clare County, Mi : all cemeteries. 2005.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F 572 .C65 C46 2005

Meek, Forrest B.
A dictionary of Clare County citizens who served their country. 1996
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  U 52 .M44 1996

Ringelberg, Jon H.
Early Clare County legal cases. 1871-1915.
LIB OF MICH LAW MICHIGAN 3N  KFM 4252 .C651 R5 2012

Hubbell, Thelma M.
Diamond jubilee, Harrison Michigan : where the north begins. 1966
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F 574 .H277 H377 1966

Littlefield, Josiah Loomis.
Josiah Littlefield, lumberman-conservationist : an autobiography. 1972.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F 574 .F37 L56Z

Selected newspapers

Clare Sentinel.
Special illustrated historical edition, 1879-1979. 1979.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM 2S  F 566 .A665Z reel 10

Clare.
Clare County press. 1878-1886.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Farwell.
Clare County review. 1991-2009.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Clare.
The Clare courier. 1895-1923.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Farwell.
The review. 1985-2009.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Harrison.
The Clare County cleaver. 1930-1988.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Selected plats, maps, and atlases

Rockford Map Publishers
Atlas and plat book, Clare County, Michigan. 1961-1998 (various years).
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  G 1413 .C7 R62

Geo. A. Ogle & Co.
Standard atlas of Clare County, Michigan : including a plat book of the villages, cities and townships of the county. 1906.
LIB OF MICH RARE MICH 4N  Folio G1413.C7 O36z 1906

Farm & Home Publishers.
Clare County, Michigan plat book. 2001-2016 (various years).
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  G1413.C7 F37  2001

W. W. Hixson & Co.
Plat book of Clare County, Michigan. 1930.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  G 1413 .C7 H5 1930

Clare Chamber of Commerce.
Clare County lakes and streams, and highways. 1939
LIB OF MICH RARE MICH 4N  G 4113 .C7 1939 .C5

Selected records, indexes, and transcriptions

Gantz, Arlynn G..
Arthur Township Cemetery, Clare County, Michigan. 1974.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F 572 C65 G2 1974a

Register of death : Clare County, part of 1905-1915. 1999.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F572.C65 R44 1999

Cherry Grove Cemetery register. 1996.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F574.G7354 C44 1996  

Selected government publications

Clare County.
Directories. 1953-1982.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  JS 3 .M52 C55Z

Clare County Fair Board.
Clare County Fair. 1981-1982.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  S 555 .M52 C65

Clare County Board of Supervisors.
Official map of Clare County, Michigan. 1959.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN FLAT FILE 2N  Undersize G4113.C7 1959 .O3

Michigan Dept. of Conservation.
Clare County. 1964.
LIB OF MICH MICH DOCS OFFICIAL FLAT FILE  Undersize G 4113 .C7E63 1964 .M53

Updated 10/26/2018