Manistee Area Genealogical and Historical Societies


The Manistee County Historical Museum
In the old A. H. Lyman Company store

Manistee County Historical Museum
425 River Street
Manistee, Michigan USA  49660

Telephone: (231) 723 - 5531
Steve Harold, Director
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m  Eastern Time
Tuesday through Saturday
Closed Mondays

The museum houses a huge index card catalog sorted alphabetically by surname. Surname references in the card file may be from newspaper articles, birth announcements, marriage announcements, obituaries, census references, books, and cemetery reference information (limited). The museum also has old plat maps, city directories and phone books. Their local newspaper collection begins about 1870, and there is a separate list that gives the surnames and business names for which there may be vintage photographs at the museum. These card files are not complete to present, but are an ongoing project well worth looking into if your family was from Manistee county.

Manistee newspaper circulation covers a wide area including
Benzie and Manistee counties.

To see if your family surname is in the card file, call the museum,
but they ask that you please
refrain from doing so during
the months of July - August, and November - December. You must
initiate a request with a phone call - no written requests please!

The museum personnel will give you information about obtaining copies
of material in the collection.
Minimal fees are collected to cover reproduction and mailing costs.
Notice: Please be patient for your replies. The museum is a full
time operation, so genealogy requests are worked in as time
permits - Thanks!


Arcadia Area Historical Society
Box 67
Arcadia, MI  49613

Kaleva Historical Society
14551 Wuoski Ave.,
Kaleva, MI  49645

Kaleva Website
History and photographs!

Our Savior's Lutheran Church Museum

300 Walnut St., Manistee MI 49660
(Open Wed. & Sat. afternoons in the summer)

Most societies charge a nominal fee for research or membership

Afro-American Historical & Genealogy Society

AfriGeneas - African Ancestry in the Americas

FEEFHS (Eastern European)

Finnish Institute of Migration

French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan

 Jewish Records Indexing - Poland

 Jewish Genealogical Society of Michigan

   Joint Archives of Holland

Michigan Genealogical Council

MMGS Michigan Society List

People of the Three Fires

 Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan

 Polish Genealogy Society of America

 Tribes and Villages of Michigan

Western Michigan Genealogical Society
Grand Rapids, Michigan

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