Otsego

The original name of Otsego County was Okkuddo; a name that meant sickly.  So, in 1843, Otsego County was chosen over that as there was already one in New York, and Otsego meant clear water.  The county took a while to attract settlers, but finally did with the lure of pine trees for lumber.  After a failed attempt to harvest lumber in 1868, Charles Brink established a lumber company and soon the village of Otsego Lake was formed. There are nine townships in Otsego County.  They are Bagley, Charlton, Chester, Corwith, Dover, Elmira, Hayes, Livingston, and Otsego Lake. Some of the communities in Otsego County are Gaylord, Vanderbilt, Elmira, Johannesburg, and Waters.

Selected general works

Otsego County Historical Society (Otsego County, Mich.).
Otsego County, Michigan: pictorial history. 2002.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F572.O78 O87 2002 c.2

Otsego County Historical Society (Otsego County, Mich.).
A step back in time. 1996
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F 572 .O78 O87 1996 v.1-v.3

Perry, Lewis.
Corwith Township and Vanderbilt Township (Otsego County, Mich.) History. 1975.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F574.C676 P47 1975

Russell, Norine B.
Timber days of Johannesberg, Michigan. 1963.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F574.J634 R88 1963

Welch, Wayne B.
Early life in the Johannesburg area. 1990.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F574.J634 W45 1990

Selected newspapers

Gaylord.
GAYLORD HERALD TIMES. 1983-2011.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Gaylord.
KEYSTONE NEWSLETTER. 1987-2008.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN PERIODICALS 2S  F574.G39 K49

Gaylord.
OTSEGO COUNTY ADVANCE. 1912.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN PERIODICALS 2S  F572.O78 O78  v.1:no.10 (1912:Mar. 12)

Selected plats, maps, and atlases

Conn, Charles.
Ghosts of the past: railroads in Otsego County. 1991.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN FLAT FILE 2N  G 4113.O8 1991 .C6

Rockford Map Publishers.
Farm plat book with index to owners, Otsego County, Michigan. 1961.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  G1413.O8 R625  1961

W.W. Hixson & Co.
Plat book of Otsego County, Michigan. 1930?.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  G 1413 .O8 H5 1930

Selected records, indexes, and transcriptions

Gaylord Evangelical Free Church (Gaylord, Mich.).
Directory of Gaylord Evangelical Free Church. 1987.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  BX7548.Z7 G3  1987

Gaylord Fact Finders Genealogical Society.
Delayed death records index, 1934-1947, Otsego, Michigan. 1995.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F 572 .O78 G39 1995

Luzenski, Jean.
Otsego County, Michigan, naturalization records. 1990.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F 572 .O78 L89 1990z

Matelski, K. A.
Otsego County, Michigan, index of families 1875-present. 1995.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F 572 .O78 M3 1995

St. Mary Cathedral (Gaylord, Mich.).
St. Mary Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Cathedral. 2001.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  BX4603.G397 S3 2001

Selected government publications

United States. Office of Economic Opportunity. Information Center.
Community profile, Otsego County, Michigan. 1967?
LIB OF MICH US DOCS 4S  PrEx 10.9/5:Ot 2

Michigan. Economic Development Department. Research Division.
Otsego County: economic data sheet. 1959.
LIB OF MICH - MICH DOCS 2S  HC107.M52 O88  1959 c.2

Elowski, Ronald C.
Otsego County bedrock geology. 2002?
LIB OF MICH MICH DOCS FLAT FILE 2N  G4113.O8C5 2000 .R46a c.2

Updated 12/03/2018