Hello Everyone,

It has been a very, very long time since I was able to get back to updating this Blog, I am so sorry for the delay.  I have had many things happen, my dad passed away, my husband had Open Heart Surgery with 5 bypasses, we took care of a very good friend of ours and then after all that we decided to downsize and moved into a smaller home.  So Genealogy and Local History had to wait and I sure missed it, but now I am back and hope to get this Blog up and running again.  Please be patient this may take longer then I think. :)

So email me with any question and I will see what I can do.  kawedyke@yahoo.com

It is good being back!!!!

Kathy Wedyke
Retired Library Director
Deckerville Public Library


Here is a link to a great new page for Sanilac County Obit Look Ups

Hello Everyone,

I wanted to mention a great Genealogy page on the Sandusky District Library site. They have many different database and one you can put in your ancestors name and see if there is an obit for them. What a great opportunity for all of us to find an obituary for our Ancestors. I had the wrong website link thanks for telling me and I am so sorry for the inconvience.
Good Luck!!!!

Kathy Wedyke
Retired Library Director


Hello Everyone,

I just want to mention that I now have some time and can do look ups for you with the material I have here at home. So just email me at kawedyke@yahoo.com and I can see what I can find for you.

I would like to Thank Everyone for being so patient while I had to go down and go through my dad's things and fix up his home.

Thanks again,

Kathy Wedyke
Retired Library Director



Sanilac County Lookups.

I will do look ups from home with the Indexes and Books I have here, I have the following Indexes Cemetery, Marriage 1849-1912, some births 1867-1877, Death 1889-1893. I have the book called Biographical Sketches of Sanilac County's War heroes. This may help you if you would like to contact the Sanilac County Courthouse if I find your ancestor and request a copy of the information I find for you. There is a cost for this and you can look on their site for how much.

Kathy Wedyke
Retired Library Director


A Brief History Of Sanilac County, Michigan

The area that would become known as Sanilac County, was originally made part of St. Clair County. for judicial purposes. The area extended to Saginaw Bay and west to Tuscola County in 1848, the Legislature authorized the separate organization of the county and Lexington was the county seat until 1879 when it was moved to Sandusky.

In the Census of 1850, Sanilac Co. had three townships: Worth Lexington and Sanilac. Worth and Lexington Townships were close to the present size; Sanilac Twp. included the rest of the territory in Sanilac and Huron Counties.

The county was covered with forests and travel was difficult. A pioneer account from the HISTORY OF SANILAC COUNTY 1834-1984 p. 225 states Upon their arrival at the Fort (Ft. Gratiot) their packs were remade and only the absolute necessitates could be taken as the balance of the trip, a distance of about 24 miles, had to be made on foot. The balance of the belongings were left at the Fort to be picked up at a later date. There were no roads, only a trail made by the Indians through the woods. This story took place about 1842.

The names of this pioneer and his wife were David & Susanna Taylor McClure. The first settler was Joel Carrington who came into the area that is now know as Worth Twp. in 1834. Reuben Dimmon was 2nd settler and taught the first school just south of the Village of Lexington. Early pioneers as stated in the Portrait and Biographical Album-1884 included Dr. Woodard, John Smith, Uri Raymond, John Ryan, William Leonard, George Smith; William Austin, and the list goes on. See our complete list elsewhere.

Political unrest in Ontario and the promise of jobs in the lumber mills brought many to Sanilac Co. These settlers were of Scotch, Irish and English nationality. By 1860, the townships of Fremont, Speaker, Maple Valley, Buel, Elk, Washington, Marlette, Bridgehampton, Forester, and Austin had been organized and the southern part of the county was being cleared for farming. The first newspaper was The Sanilac Jeffersonian established at Lexington in 1858 and still in operation, is now located in Croswell.

In an article on the front page of The Jeff April 27, 1861 we read an account of a war rally to recruit soldiers to fight for the Union cause in the Civil War. The Sanilac Pioneers, better known as Co. D, 10th Michigan Infantry with Capt. Israel Huckins was made up of many men from Sanilac Co. By 1870 all but two townships were organized. Evergreen, 1873, Custer in 1877 and Wheatland in 1881 completed Sanilac Co. as we know it today.

Sanilac Co. is an agricultural county with sugar beets, corn, wheat, oats, soy beans, and hay as its major crops. Some of Sanilac Counties tourist attractions are the Sanilac Co. Historical Museum in Port Sanilac; the historic Sanilac Petroglyphs in Greenleaf Twp.; the picturesque village of Lexington; Croswell's Swinging Bridge; and many other interesting sites.


Here to help you find your Sanilac County Genealogy and Local History

Hello Everyone,

I will start by saying I am very excited to be able to have this web site online to help you with your Sanilac County, Michigan Genealogy and Local History questions.

I hope I can help all of you but please know I may not be able to at times, so I will try and find you the best place or persons that are out there that may be able to be of help to you.

Just post a question or comment, I have given you instruction on just how to post to this web site. Just look on the right side of this page, just under my picture for instructions.

If you are familiar with Posting just click on the words, "Comments and Questions" that are right under this Post.

The more people that post questions or comments the better we will be able to help each other. Just in case I can not help you maybe someone out there will have the answers for you or you can help others.

All I ask is that you give me as much information that you know. So please remember I am a librarian who love genealogy so I love to dig and find out all I can for you.

I am looking forward to helping all of you.

Thank you,

Kathy Wedyke
Sanilac County, Michigan