Research & “How To” Sources

Online Research Sources:  Maps

1836 Territorial Map, Library of Congress.

1859 Map of Macomb & St. Clair Counties, by Geil & Jones, at the Library of  Congress, with building images, and City of Port Huron detail (including some names and buildings)

1867 Bird’s Eye View of Port Huron . . .  By A. Ruger, Chicago Lithographing Co., at the Library of Congress

1894 Map of Port Huron, with Structures, by C. J. Pauli, at the Library of Congress

1897 Standard Atlas of St. Clair County, George A Ogle & Company.

1916 Standard Atlas of St. Clair County, George A Ogle & Company

Collection of Maps, Charts, Etc., of the US western hemisphere, that had been ordered by Congress prior to the compilation date of 1843.  Library of Congress.

MSU Libraries online historic maps index page.

Plats, Subdivision search, Michigan Dept. of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, Bureau of Construction Codes

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for Port Huron: 1887, 1892, 1898

Online Research Sources:  Text-based (may include maps and/or photos)

1839 Gazetteer of Michigan, by John T. Blois

1843 Gazetteer of the United States, by Daniel Haskell.  Description of Michigan can be found in pages 400-403, but otherwise, all places for the entire country are in alphabetical order (strange).

1853, Fanning’s Illustrated Gazetteer of the United States, Michigan is described on pages 218-220, but all towns, cities, etc., are simply in alphabetical order.

1899 Business and Professional Directory of Detroit and Surrounding Towns (see pages 324 to 347 for Port Huron)

A Greeting from Port Huron (1897)

A Half Century of Electric Service in Port Huron 1884-1934 (The Detroit Edison Company)

A Souvenir in Half-Tone: Port Huron in 1900 by W W Black.  A rare booklet online, Port Huron Museum Collection.

Biographical Memoirs of St. Clair County, Michigan (Bowen 1903)

Bureau of Land Management Search for U.S. Patents and other land records.

City Directories, Port Huron, with some including surrounding townships (directories from the 1910s and 1920s are not all digitized and require a visit to the St. Clair County Library to view them).

Digital Michigan Newspaper Portal (CMU portal)

Fifty Years of Banking in Port Huron Michigan (First National Exchange Bank, 1871-1921; includes president biographies and photos, and directors’ photos).

Fourth Annual Convention of the Michigan Liquor Dealers’ Protective Association (Port Huron, August 1896; includes city history, descriptions, photos, ads)

Historic Bridges: St. Clair County, Michigan

History of St. Clair County, Michigan (1883), by A. T. Andreas.    Also at Michigan County Histories.

Local history and personal sketches of St. Clair and Shiawassee counties.  Fuller ca. 1926.

Michigan Pioneer and Historical Collections, digitized at MSU Libraries

National Cyclopaedia of National Biography, serial listing of digitized sources

Port Huron area newspapers, persons index for early years, 1844-June 1876.  Later years were indexed, but not digitized, and can be viewed at the St. Clair County Library, Main Branch, Port Huron.

Sears Archives, Historic Homes

Acheson Ventures Desmond Landing redevelopment site, Seaway Terminal history page.  There is other history and preservation related information on some of the other pages as well.

Souvenir History of Port Huron, Michigan, by Post H, Knights of the Grip (J. C. Wittliff, 1906)

St. Clair County Place Names

St. Clair County Register of Deeds online land records search, which only goes back to May 1984.  St. Clair County Parcel Search.

Online Research Sources:  Bibliographies, Lists of Sources, Etc.

(The) Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s Web Resources page

Census of Population and Housing

Michigan History Division, an index of online digital sources (full view text and those with search function only)

Michigan History Links by garlic.com

Michigan History: Web Resources (MSU Libraries)

St. Clair County Bibliographies listing by the Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University

Seeking Michigan, this “Discovery” page has lots of links to useful original documents and such, including maps.

Useful Websites and Additional Information” (St. Clair County and Michigan)

Online Research Sources:  Videos

Moment(s) in History videos put out by SCCRESA:

Port Huron History videos by Bob Davis:

Research Sources:  Archives and Other

City of Marysville Museum and Archives Unfortunately, the archives are currently unavailable
887 E Huron Blvd., Marysville, MI  48040
810-455-1302

Main Street Office, Port Huron (currently closed)

Port Huron in Pictures and Collections from the archives of the Port Huron Museum

Port Huron Museum
1115 Sixth Street, Port Huron, MI  48060
810-982-0891

St. Clair County Library and Michigan Room (archives)
210 McMorran Blvd., Port Huron, MI  48060
810-987-7323

St. Clair County Register of Deeds and Assessor
200 Grand River, Suites 105 and 103, Port Huron, MI  48060
810-989-6930 and -6925

Wills Sainte Clair Museum
(concerning C.H. Wills and the autos he produced in 1920s Marysville)
2408 Wills St., Marysville, MI 48040
(810) 987-2854

“How To” Sources

A Guide to Researching Your Corktown Home  This isn’t a “how to” for Port Huron or St. Clair County, but it is quite informative nevertheless.

A – Z in Your Old House: A Primer for Home Owners

How to Determine the Age of a Building

Identifying Aladdin (and other) kit homes.

Identifying Sears Roebuck (and Wardway/Montgomery Ward) kit homes.

 

 

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