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The Suburban Trains are from circa 1905.  Taken between Lake and Bay Streets, looking north. The house, top right center, is the brick apartment house on the corner of Rose and Division Streets in Petoskey, MI.





Petoskey, MI

Charlevoix Emmet History

Petoskey District Library

Alanson  Area Public Library

Harbor Springs

Historical Society &

Harbor Springs History Museum

Emmet County Death
and Marriage Records

Emmet County Michigan Gen Web

U.S. Gen Web Project


Cyndi's List



Genealogical Death
Indexing System

Census Online

The National Archives

Ellis Island

Bureau of Land

Social Security
Death Index

History at Home:

A Guide to Genealogy


                             Surnames A - J     Surnames K - Q     Surnames R - Z







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The Emmet County Genealogical Society holds a monthly General Meeting at 7:00 PM on the first Tuesday of every month at the American Legion Hall, 455 Bay Street, Petoskey, MI (1/2 block from Stafford's Perry Hotel) unless otherwise noted.  Please join us, visitors are always welcome.  Use side door entrance.

Upcoming Meetings

August 2, 2016 - General Meeting

September 6, 2016 - Richard Wiles - Presentation - "PETOSKEY - 1950's STYLE"

7 p.m.  American Legion Hall

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Come join us in a trip back to the nostalgic days of the 1950's.

Petoskey, Michigan was destined to become Michigan's northern resort town with the arrival of the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad tracks in November of 1873.  By the 1880's on, it was known at various times as the "Queen City of the North," "The Pearl of the North," Michigan's "Winter Capital" and other catchy names.  During the 1950's Petoskey became known as a national and internationally known "Summer Shopper's Mecca," featuring a Sak's Fifth Avenue, Bob Baker Shoes, Flora Ottimer, Sara Weinstock-Emily Nasser and other specialty shops.  Besides the specialty shops, Petoskey in the 1950's was an exciting place to be.


October 4, 2016 - General Meeting


(meetings subject to change)


Membership Information

Membership Fees are $15.00 for one year. Single or couple (husband and wife)

Membership Dues are due July 1, 2016 for the year 2016-2017.

Click here for the Membership Form. Membership Form

Members may submit free queries and surname submissions to be included in the Quest, the ECGS Newsletter.  Send them to: Emmet County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 2476, Petoskey, MI 49770



We are collecting newspaper articles, photos and stories of local businesses, events and family memories pertaining to Emmet County.  Please contact us if you would like to contribute to this ongoing project.


We are pleased to announce

Nine Large History Project Binders are now housed at the Petoskey District Library

and the Alanson Area Public Library for your reading and research.

Pictures and information will be added frequently.


Four - Petoskey History Binders

Two - Regional History Binders

Two - Family History/Memoir Binders

One - Obituary Binder


Petoskey District Library  231-758-3114    These binders have been catalogued by the library.

Alanson Area Public Library  231-548-5465




In keeping active in our important goal of preserving history, we are currently researching all Military Veterans who had any connection or relationship with Emmet County. Our goal is to honor our Veterans with a short written account of each Veteran's life, along with information on their military service.  Any help on this project would be greatly appreciated. If you have knowledge of any War Veteran from Emmet County please contact us.


The Military Binders will be added to the libraries this coming fall.


Researching the following Military Wars:

Mexican American War

Civil War

Spanish American



Korean Conflict


Iraqi Freedom

Desert Storm

Persian Gulf




A Look Around Little Traverse Bay, by Candace Fitzsimons - Hardcover 2007 - $10.00 (includes shipping and handling)

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Brooks Cemetery    McKinley Twp./ St. Clements Cemeteries   Friendship Twp. Cemetery


Our Elected Officers for the 2016-2017 Membership Year

                    President - Meryl Hankey
                    Vice President - Joseph Hoffman

Treasurer - Clare Amacher
                    Recording and Corresponding Secretary -
Marcia Maves

Committee Chairpersons:

                    Newsletter - Kim Morgan


Our Friends - Angel Ambassadors  A newly developed one time hand up non profit organization formed to bring awareness and contributions to all Veterans causes and needs.    Visit the Angel Ambassadors Website.

Greenwood Cemetery in Petoskey, MI has a website with a genealogical lookup page where all of their burial and obituary records can be searched and printed.  A search there will return maiden names as well as last names.  A contact form is available on their website for persons wanting information. Greenwood Cemetery

NEWSPAPER ARCHIVES  Greenwood Cemetery have begun offering newspaper archives on the web.  Go to their website at www.gwood.us and open the Newspaper Research page.  There you can search for and read the newspapers they have uploaded.  The research page allows you to search by year or by year and month if you are looking for a particular newspaper or timeframe. There are about 2,200 newspapers uploaded now.  The first batch begins in 1875 and ends in 1907.  These newspapers are made available with permission and cooperation of the Petoskey News Review.  This is an ongoing project as we scan, process and upload the newspapers. 

Volunteers Are Needed

If you are interested in becoming involved in the Emmet County Genealogical Society or have ideas or talents you'd like to share, please contact Recording Secretary, Marcia Maves.

This page was updated July 31, 2016.
Webmaster -
Penny Hills-Postma

Train photo at top of page - contributed by Lowell Kosloskey.