Berrien

René-Robert Cavalier, Sieur de La Salle built Fort Miami at the mouth of the St. Joseph River at the present site of St. Joseph in 1679.  Fort St. Joseph was built up river at present day Niles soon after, signifying the importance placed on the strategic trading locations near Lake Michigan.  The combination of valuable water routes and a climate suitable for fruit growing made the Berrien County region highly desirable for Euro-American settlers, who poured into the area in the early 1830s; the county was founded in 1831.  Many early settlers in Berrien County were first generation Americans traveling from Virginia, Pennsylvania and locales on the Ohio river after the Revolution. With stops on the early stage coach routes between Chicago and Detroit, it continued to grow in population with the coming of the railway.  Situated an hour from Chicago and linked to Detroit via train, residents could access both urban hubs with relative ease.  In addition to: peaches, apples, cherries and blueberries, the region is known for its grapes and wineries.  Berrien County is home to the sandy Warren Dunes State Park.

Selected general works

Berrien County.
General Information. 1955-1962.
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Champion, Ella.
Berrien’s Beginnings.1926.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N F572.B5 C47 1926

Cunningham, Wilbur M.
Land of Four Flags: An Early History of the St. Joseph Valley.1961.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N F572.B5 C9 1961

Mann, Wayne C.
Preliminary Guide to Materials Relating to the History of Berrien County. 1974.
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Peyser, Joseph.
Fort St. Joseph, 1691-1781: The Story of Berrien County’s Colonial Past.1991.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N F572.F63 P49 1991

Selected newspapers

Buchanan.
Berrien County Record. 1909-2011.
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Lakeside.
Lakeside Life. 1930-1936.
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Niles.
Niles Gazette and Advertiser. 1935 - 1936.
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St. Joseph.
Herald-Press. 1928-1965.
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Three Oaks.
Acorn. 1902 - 1929
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Selected plats, maps, and atlases

Farm & Home Publishers.
Berrien County, Michigan 2005 plat book. 2005.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN G1413.B6 G46 F37 2005

Rockford Map Publishers.
Atlas & Plat Book, Berrien County, Michigan. Publication 1973.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN G1413.B6 R56z 1973

Rockford Map Publishers.
Farm Plat Book with Index to Owners, Berrien County, Michigan. 1959.
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W.W. Hixson & Co.
Plat Book of Berrien County, Michigan. 1930.
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Selected records, indexes, and transcriptions

Castle, Amelia.
Early Births and Deaths, Niles Township, Berrien Co. F574.N52 C37 1990.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F574 .N52 C37 1990

Martin Van Buren Chapter.
Bible Records, Death Records, Divorce Record, Marriage Records, Early Newspaper Articles and Obituaries, Probate Records and Will Records, Van Buren County, Michigan, Death and Marriage Records and Miscellaneous Items, Berrien & Cass Counties, Michigan. Publication 1991.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F565 .B5 1991

Savage, David.
Census Guide to Berrien County, Michigan, Non-White Population, 1830 - 1910. 1988
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F572.B5 S3 1988

Schram, L. B. Mrs.
Index to the History of Berrien and Van Buren counties, Michigan: Which Was Published by D.W. Ensign in 1880. 1955.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F572.B5 H6 Index

Trout, Mary Jane.
Index to Cemetery Records, Berrien County, Michigan, All Persons Born Before 1867. 1983.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN 2N  F572.B5 C454 1930 Index

Selected government publications

Berrien County (Mich.). Planning Commission.
Berrien County, Michigan development plan. 1974.
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Berrien County Youth Fair: premium book. 1955, 1981, 1982.
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Michigan Department of State Highways and Transportation, in cooperation with the Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration.
Environmental impact statement: interstate 94 business loop. 1976.
LIB OF MICH MICHIGAN DOCUMENTS HE356 .M5 E55 1976

Twin Cities Area Chamber of Commerce industrial list. 1900 – 1999.
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United States. Office of Economic Opportunity. Information Center.
Community profile, Berrien County, Michigan. 1967.
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Updated 10/26/2018