Iosco County GenWeb Home Page

Welcome to the Iosco County, AHGP mirror home page!
My name is Richard Pettys and I am your Iosco County Coordinator.

The site is undergoing a huge renovation, and will be for the foreseeable future. 

I live in a galaxy far, far away (actually in Cobb County, Georgia), so I am not really able to be of much help with personal research.  However, we do have some Lookup Volunteers, research societies, and other resources that may be of assistance.  If you would like to be a lookup volunteer, please email me with your name and any books that you own or have access to, or other services you would like to provide to other users who may need your help. 

When all else fails, contact the Iosco County Clerk.  That office will be able to give some guidance, but may or may not be in a position to answer specific questions, so please do not expect that they will do your footwork - only that they will provide guidance.

Iosco County has an interesting history.  Its name means "water of light" in the Chippewa tongue.  An early Chippewa chief, Chief O-Ta-Was, was known for fishing the waters in what we know as Iosco County.  Several cities, Tawas City, West Tawas and Tawas Bay (the largest bay on Lake Huron) were named for him.  The first "white eyes" in the area were French traders in the 1830's.  They would give us the same of the Au Sable River.  In French, "au sable" means, "all sand."

The Iosco County area was blessed with towering forests of white pine, which would lead to civilization coming to the area during the timber boom of the 1880's.

Even today, nearly 1/3 of the county is contained within the Huron National Forest.  Today, with damns along the Au Sable River, Iosco County is a sportsman's paradise.

Iosco County was originally formed as Kanotin County in 1834.  Records prior to 1857 might be located in Cheboygan County or Saginaw County.  You may find some additional historical information here.

A general map of Iosco County may be found here.


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