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


Information about the New Year

Hello Everyone,

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!!!!

I will still be able to do Look Ups from what I have in my own collection this coming year. Now I may be traveling this winter so I would like to start maybe in April to go and do look ups again at the Courthouse in Sanilac County.

Now I have everyone requests for Courthouse look ups and will be going through them during the winter months while I am gone. When I get back I will contact you and see if you still need a look up at the Courthouse.

Now if you are new and would like me to do a look up I still can do that with what I have here at home and when while I am gone, then I can add you to my list of Courthouse look ups if you need me too do that for you. Now my list is big already but if you are not in a big hurry I would be glad to add you to my Courthouse list to do in April.

Thanks and Have a wonderful New Year!!!

Kathy Wedyke
Retired Library Director



Hello Everyone!!!! Just wanted to update all of you since my last post when I told you my dad had passed away.

It has been a very stressful and trying time in our families life but we are doing a little better. We have had so much to do with my dad's estate I just have not had a lot of time for this Blog.

I will try and come and check it as much as I can so know you can email

Amy Brown - Marlette area

and see if she can help you or post a request here and I will help when I can with what I have here at home.

My dad lived over 100 miles away so we have been doing a lot of traveling back and forth to go through things. I will do my best in helping you when I can.

Thanks in advance for you patients!!

Kathy Wedyke
Retired Library Director



Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to tell everyone on this blog that my dad passed away 3 weeks ago. It was very sudden, like I mentioned before in previous posts that he had gone into Assisted Living and was enjoying it so much. He was 87 and had been a very active man who just enjoyed life right until the end.

Well, we are in the process of all the paperwork and going through his home so we will be working all that for a while. So if you look down to the last post you will see that there are two names of people that may be able to help you. I can try and help with things I have here at home, I have some marriage record indexes, cemetery index, and a 1894 and 1906 plat books. So I will try and help as much as I can.

Talk to all of you real soon!!

Kathy Wedyke
Retired Librarian



Hello Everyone,

Just wanted to keep all of you updated about how things are doing with me and the 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.

I cannot get to the Courthouse right now because my dad had to go into Assisted Living so we have been dealing with that right now. We live 100 miles from him so that is a challenge. We had to apply for VA Benefits which just came in after about 5 months of waiting and worrying. We are so happy he has been accepted. Now we have to deal with his home and going through his things and see what we want to keep or sell. Wow, there is so much to all of this but we are getting through it and my dad is really enjoying his new apartment at the Assisted Living Facility, this is what it is all about!!!

I have found two very nice people that are willing to help with lookups in the following areas. Please realize they are only doing lookups for the Marlette and Worth Township areas.

Amy Brown - Marlette area

Marsha Senyk - Worth Township area msenyk06@comcast.net

Thanks again for your kindness and your patients, you all are wonderful!!!!! Genealogists are wonderful people!!!!

Now please enjoy the rest of the site until I can come back and can do your look ups.
I am so sorry for the inconvenience!!!!

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