Washtenaw

Washtenaw County purportedly gained its name from an Ojibwa word.  Originally spelled Washtenong it was altered to Washtenaw when it was set off in 1822.  The fertile Huron River valley supported a considerable Indian population prior to French exploration and eventual Euro-American settlement.  During both the Revolution and the War of 1812 the Native Americans sided with the British.  After the eventual U. S. victory, the native populations declined free up land for European settlers.  Due its location between Detroit and what would become Chicago, the county had the established Sauk Trail running through it.  This early thoroughfare intersected to trails and early roads leading to points west including: Vincennes, Green Bay, Fort Wayne and Little Traverse Bay, Prairie du chien as well as Chicago.  The University of Michigan was moved to Ann Arbor in 1837 and Eastern Michigan University, originally a teaching school, was established in 1852 making Washtenaw County a strong educational hub of the state.  Farming remains strong in the county to the present day.

Selected general works

Barton, Richard H.
Early settlers of Washtenaw County, 1820-1880. 1947.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F572.W3 B33 1947

Beakes, Samuel W.
Past and present of Washtenaw County, Michigan / by Samuel W. Beakes, together with biographical sketches of many of its prominent and leading citizens and illustrious dead. 1906.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F572.W3 B3 1906

Bordin, Ruth Birgitta Anderson.
Washtenaw County: an illustrated history. 1988.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F572.W3 B67 1988

History of Washtenaw County, Michigan: together with sketches of its cities, villages and townships, educational, religious, civil, military, and political history, portraits of prominent persons, and biographies of representative citizens: history of Michigan: embracing accounts of the pre-historic races, aborigines, French, English and American conquests, and a general review of its civil, political and military history. 1990.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F572.W3 H54 1990

Portrait and biographical album of Washtenaw County, Michigan: containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens; together with biographies of all the governors of the state, and of the presidents of the United States. 1998.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F572.W3 P85 1998 

Selected newspapers

Ann Arbor.
Ann Arbor news.1937 - 2009.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Chelsea
Chelsea standard.1908 - 2013.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Dexter.
Dexter leader. 1869 - 1970
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Manchester.
Manchester enterprise. 1867 - 1991.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Ypsilanti.
Ypsilanti sentinel.1844 - 1880.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM NEWSPAPERS 2S

Selected plats, maps, and atlases

Fred F. Johnson Co.
Graphic street guide of greater Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. 1972.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F574.A6 J66z

Perfect Survey Engineering Company, Fraser, Mich.
Washtenaw County atlas. 1969.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  Folio G1413.W2 P4 1969

Rockford Map Publishers.
Land atlas & plat book, Washtenaw County, Michigan. 1979, 1981/82-1982/83, 1985, 1989, 1991, 1987, 1994 – 2008, 2013.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  G 1413 .W2 R64

W.W. Hixson & Co.
Plat book of Washtenaw County, Michigan. 1930.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  G 1413 .W2 H5 1930

Selected records, indexes, and transcriptions

Ann Arbor city and Washtenaw County directory for 1886-7: containing an alphabetically arranged list of business firms, farmers and private citizens, a classified list of all trades, professions and pursuits, a miscellaneous directory of city and county officers, public and private schools, banks, churches, incorporated institutions, secret and benevolent societies, etc. 1886.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN MICROFICHE 2S  LH5296

Cemetery inscriptions in Washtenaw County cemeteries, 1825-1940. 1968.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F 572 .W3 C4z

Michigan state census: 1827, 1834, 1845, 1850 and 1870 state censuses, Washtenaw County. 1827-1870.
LIB OF MICH MICROFILM 2S  F572.W3 M53 1827  r.4

Sarah Caswell Angell Chapter, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution.
Index of 1894 state census for Washtenaw County, Michigan. 1984.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F 572 .W3 I5 1984

Sarah Caswell Angell Chapter, D.A.R.
Marriages, 1827-1857, in Washtenaw County, Michigan. 1961.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F572.W3 M377 1961 

Selected government publications

Ann Arbor, City Planning Commission.
Capital improvements program, 1962-1967, Ann Arbor, Michigan.1962.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  HG4953.M52 A5 1962

Community profile: Ann Arbor. 1986.
LIB OF MICH - MICH DOCS 2S   HC108.A66 C66 1986 c.2

Washtenaw County.
Directories. 1965/66-1973, 1975-1989/90, 1991/92, 1993/94.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  JS3.M52 W3z

Washtenaw County (Mich.). Board of Supervisors.
Proceedings of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Washtenaw. 1881, 1883, 1954.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  JS451.M59 W375 1881

Washtenaw County annual fair. 1927, 1927, 1929, 1931, 1939.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  S 555 .M52 W3z

April 12/03/2018