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About the Brighton Room

What We Collect

The Genealogy and Local History Collection of the Brighton Room has developed over time to become one of the largest collections of family and local history information in Livingston County.

It provides a full range of services and materials for genealogists, historians, teachers and other interested hobbyists and scholars.

The collection includes 3,000+ printed items composed of family histories, indexes to records, how-to books, cemetery transcriptions, obituaries, family history magazines, photographs, microfilm of Livingston County vital records and more. Additionally the Brighton Room houses microfilm of the Brighton Argus from its beginning in 1880 to its present incarnation entitled the Livingston Daily Press & Argus which was formed in 2000 by a merger of the Brighton Argus and the Livingston County Press.

The emphasis of the Brighton Room collection is on Brighton and Livingston County, as well as bordering counties and the state of Michigan overall.

To that end, the Brighton Room’s extensive collection of print and microfilm items continues to grow through library purchases and donations from appreciative genealogists and historians.

Research at the Brighton Room

The Brighton Room has a vast assortment of resources available to help your genealogy research.  Some of these are listed below.


Check the library catalog or use the list of resources provided for a how-to book on researching your family history. Many of these books can be checked out.  Also check the bibliographies in genealogy books for additional resources which may help in your research. There is a strong possibility that books not owned by Brighton District Library may be borrowed from other libraries.  The staff at the Information Desk can help.


Use a pedigree chart and family group sheet forms to record known information about each branch of your family.  These charts are available in the Brighton Room and may be photocopied as needed. Additionally, links to downloadable charts may be found under the Genealogy Charts section of the library’s Online Resources and Genealogical Tools page.

Census Records

Census records are an invaluable resource for genealogists.  They can give valuable information about your ancestors and surnames in your genealogy research.  The first U.S. Census was in 1790 and there has been one every ten years since then.  Census records can provide the names of family members, years of birth, location of birth, profession, and much more. Brighton District Library subscribes to and both of which have census records online.  In addition to online census records, Brighton District Library also owns print and microfilm versions of census records for Livingston County, Michigan.

Vital Records

The Brighton Room has microfilm available of Livingston County Birth records (1867 – 1929), Delayed Birth Registration (1800s – 1975), Death records (1867 – 1927) and the Livingston County Death Index (1867 – 1948).

The Brighton Room does not have any official birth, death or marriage certificates.  These are located in state health departments and city, town or county clerk offices where the event occurred. The International Vital Records Handbook by Tom Kemp has addresses and telephone numbers of offices where these records may be found. Alternately, the website may be used to order copies of these records.


Brighton District Library has copies of obituaries which were published in the Brighton Argus, the local newspaper, since 1880.  The obituaries can be searched using the online Obituary Index to help locate a specific individual.  Additionally, the library owns microfilm copies of the Brighton Argus and the Livingston Daily Press & Argus and a digital microfilm reader capable of producing a pdf file of any article. If you are trying to locate the obituary of a person who died outside of the Brighton area, you should contact the public library where the death occurred to determine if an obituary is available. Most public libraries will send a copy, if available, for a small fee.  Library addresses may be found either online or by using the American Library Directory which is located at the information desk.


Brighton District Library has copies of marriage notices which were published in the Brighton Argus and the Livingston Daily Press & Argus.


Brighton District Library has an extensive collection of cemetery records for Livingston County.  Although transcriptions do not exist for all the cemeteries in Livingston County, the Cemetery Index should be used to help locate graves of your Livingston County ancestors.


The library has hundreds of indexed photographs of Brighton people, places and events.


Brighton District Library has a collection of scrapbooks which have been indexed.  Some of the topics included in the Scrapbook collection are Church & Club Activities, School Activities, Sports & Recreation, Business, Homes & Buildings and Civic Events. and HeritageQuest

Brighton District Library has access to two genealogy databases.  These databases can be accessed from any computer in the library.  Ancestry Plus is a comprehensive source of information for conducting genealogical and local history research.  It includes digitized images of the U.S. Federal Census from 1790 forward, the American Genealogical Biographical Index, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, and much more.

HeritageQuest is a searchable collection of 25,000+ family and local history books that can be accessed from your home computer through the Brighton District Library website.  It also contains images and corresponding indexes for the entire 1790-1930 U.S. Federal census.  In addition to the ability to search by name, census records can be searched by place of birth, age, ethnicity and other variables making this a versatile census searching tool.

Finding What We Have

How do I find out what the Brighton Room has in its collections?

In order to find items easily in the Brighton Room, you must search our online catalog. The online catalog includes the majority of the Brighton Room collections.

There are some materials not included in the online catalog. For example, most city directories and phone books are not included. Instead, these are listed here.

The Brighton Room holds an estimated 1,000 maps issued separately and in atlases and books. Not all of these cartographic resources are listed in the online catalog.  See Maps and Atlases for a list of these materials.

The Brighton Room houses an assortment of documents from many of Livingston County’s city and township governing bodies.  Having been originally inventoried with paper finding aids and checklists, they are under-represented in the online catalog. To explore the manuscript collections, please consult the Local Government Documents page.

The library staff will be happy to assist in locating materials you need.

Research Help and Services

Genealogy and Local History Questions

Brighton District Library accepts Genealogy and Local History inquiries by mail, e-mail, and telephone.  Please keep telephone inquiries brief.  Please contact us via mail or e-mail for more detailed questions.  All inquiries are answered in the order in which they are received.  The speed with which they are answered depends on the number of requests pending and the nature of the request. We regret that we are unable to conduct extensive research on your behalf.  Brighton District Library can assist you in locating an independent researcher for large or in-depth research queries. We look forward to hearing from you!

Brighton District Library Mailing Address

Brighton District Library
100 Library Drive
Brighton, MI  48116

Attn. Mark Mullinax


Genealogy and Local Family History Reference Questions
Phone: (810) 229-6571 ext. 217 (brief questions)
E-mail: (detailed questions)

Donating Materials

Donations to the Brighton Room

Over the years, the Genealogy and Local History collection of the Brighton Room has grown as the result of generous donations of rare and unique materials. Brighton District Library continues to welcome such gifts in order to enhance the research value of its collections. This can be best accomplished by ensuring that materials offered to the Library are a good match with the Library’s collecting interests. Donations of books and periodicals that have local history or genealogical content will be gladly received and will be evaluated by library personnel who will make a decision regarding retention.

Why should I donate?

Historical records of families, communities, businesses and organizations provide vital information to researchers.  When materials are donated they become accessible to a variety of researchers.  Additionally, the donated materials are cared for by professionals who organize, protect and preserve them for future generations.

What can I donate?

Some examples of donations include: family genealogies or family histories; county or local histories; biographical sketches of residents; abstracts of vital records; and genealogical periodicals. Works on CD-ROM or microfilm will be accepted if not available in other formats.

Due to space limitations, not all donated items can be added to the Genealogy and Local History collection. Examples include: histories of states other than Michigan, works of fiction unless by a local author, and photocopied books still under copyright. If received, Brighton District Library will place such items in the general collection, give them to other libraries, exchange them for more desirable works, or sell them through periodic Friends of the Library book sales.

Donated items become the property of the Brighton District Library and may be used in whatever way is most useful to the Library. Brighton District Library reserves the right to withdraw donations from the Library collection if they become obsolete, damaged beyond repair, moldy/smelly or replaceable by newer editions. Brighton District Library will attempt to lengthen the useful life of withdrawn materials, whether by exchange, sale, or donation to other collections.

Local Government Documents

Local Government Documents

Agencies and branches at all levels of government publish a wide variety of reports, surveys, fact sheets, and other documents relating to their operation.  Through the years, Brighton District Library has collected a fair number of these documents which are stored in archival boxes in the Brighton Room.  Many of them are not included in the online catalog and some of those in the online catalog are not listed here.

This guide is an introduction to the scope, use and location of these materials.  On the charts below, the first column details the title or topic of the document, the second column lists the document’s date and the third column provides the box location where the document may be found.

The library has documents pertaining to:

  • City of Brighton
  • Brighton Township
  • Greater Brighton Area
  • Genoa Township
  • Green Oak Township
  • Hamburg Township
  • Howell
  • Lakes and Waterways
  • Livingston County
  • Southeast Michigan


The Local Government Document collection is non-circulating.  The library staff will be happy to assist in locating the document you need.

Magazines and Newspapers

Holdings for the Brighton Argus (including the time it was named Livingston County Argus—Dispatch) and the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus:

Brighton Argus Microfilm  Brighton Argus Missing Issues
April 6, 1880 through December 26, 1883 January, 1884 through December 5, 1895
December 12, 1895 through November 12, 1896 November 19, 1896 through December, 1899
January, 1900 through December, 1937 January, 1938 through December, 1938
January, 1939 through December, 1939 January, 1940 through December, 1940
January, 1941 through December, 1955 January, 1956
February, 1956 through March, 1956 April, 1956 (except for April 17 issue)
May, 1956 through June 20, 1956 June 27, 1956 through January, 1957
February, 1957 through April, 1969 May, 1969 through August, 1969
September, 1969 through March, 1980 April, 1980 through June, 1980
July 1980 through Wednesday, September 6, 2000
Livingston County Daily Press & Argus Microfilm Livingston County Daily Press & Argus Missing Issues
September 7, 2000 through present None

Maps and Atlases

The Brighton Room has many maps and atlases documenting the urban and rural changes to Brighton and Livingston County throughout the years. With more than 35 sheet maps and 900 atlas map sheets illustrating the city and surrounding communities, this collection is a critical support to many researchers of the local environment. The Brighton Room also holds numerous topographic maps. The bulk of the topographic map collection is limited to Livingston County although other regions of Michigan are included.

The Map Collection is non-circulating.  The library staff will be happy to assist in locating the right map for you.


The term “scrapbook” refers to an album into which clippings, photos, and other materials may be mounted.  Scrapbooks are frequently arranged around a common theme and offer unique glimpses into a subject, or into the interests of the compiler. Since each scrapbook is nearly always unique, they are a valuable contribution to our local history collection. The Brighton Room Scrapbook Collection currently consists of sixteen scrapbooks which are divided into three sets.

Set one consists of nine scrapbooks compiled in the 1980s and early 1990s.  This set is comprised of newspaper clippings, memorabilia, and printed ephemera which provide an important window into Brighton’s recent and not-so-recent past and cover a wide range of topics related to the politics, businesses, organizations, buildings, civic events, history and people of Brighton.

Set two is comprised of two scrapbooks donated to the Brighton District Library by Mrs. Eva Whalen.  Although at least three volumes of the “Whalen Scrapbooks” were produced, the library owns only Volume One and Volume Three.  Volume one is titled Old Newspaper Articles from Livingston County, Michigan: Collected by the Great grandmother of Dr. Gerald E. Whalen of Frankenmuth, Michigan.  Volume three is titled Old Newspaper Clippings collected by Mrs. Myron West and daughter Mrs. Carrie Darlington of Milford, Mich—and Dora Mae Mussoff.  These scrapbooks contain a large assortment of newspaper clippings, funeral cards, memorial notices, obituaries and articles dating from the early 1900s through the 1980s and pertain to events and people primarily in Livingston County, Michigan.

Set three, entitled The Grass Roots of Brighton Jaycees, is a set of five scrapbooks.  Dating from 1953 through 1957, they contain newspaper clippings, programs, invitations, correspondence, photos, newsletters, and other memorabilia detailing the beginnings of the Brighton Jaycees.

Several of these scrapbooks have already been indexed and indexing of the remaining scrapbooks is ongoing.

Vital Records

The Brighton Room does not have any official birth, death or marriage certificates.  These are located in state health departments and city, town or county clerk offices where the event occurred. Please check the Livingston County Record Repositories page to find where specific Livingston County records are kept.

Online Resources and Genealogical Tools

The Brighton Room’s Online Resources and Genealogical Tools Webpage contains a wealth of information on a variety of genealogy and local history topics.

Livingston County Genealogy and History Resources

Livingston County History Links

The History of Livingston County, Michigan with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of its Prominent Men and Pioneers by Everts and Abbotts, 1880 is available either as a transcribed copy or a downloadable pdf file. The transcription is provided by Mardos Memorial Library and has the advantage of an online index which will take the user to a specific section of the 462 page work. The pdf file is large and may take several minutes to download depending on the speed of your internet connection.

History of Livingston County, Michigan (1880) transcription History of Livingston County, Michigan (1880) pdf

Livingston County Genealogy Links

Livingston County Cemeteries

Cemeteries in Livingston County, Michigan from

Livingston County Genealogy resources from Family Search

A guide to Livingston County, Michigan ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records from FamilySearch.

Mardos Memorial Library

The Mardos Memorial Library’s resources for Livingston County include land records, plat and atlas maps, marriage and death indexes, images and more.

U.S. GenWeb--Livingston County, Michigan

A volunteer run website devoted to Livingston county genealogy. Includes information on vital records, cemeteries, military records, and much more including downloadable eBooks about Livingston county’s history.


Ancestry Plus  (In Library Only) includes digitized images of the U.S. Federal Census from 1790 forward, the American Genealogical Biographical Index, Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, and more.

Biography and Genealogy Master Index  indexes current, readily available reference sources, as well as the most important retrospective works that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world. Bibliographic citations only — no full-text.

Heritage Quest includes all of the images, and extensive indexing, from the 1790 – 1940 U.S. federal censuses as well as digitized books, selected Revolutionary War records and more.

Local History

Brighton Area Women’s History Roll of Honor

City of Brighton History

Michigan Genealogy on the Internet

African American Clippings Index Search
Includes about 70 newspapers from around Michigan, as well as Chicago. From the Grand Rapids Public Library.

American Ancestors of Michigan Governors
Information available in several formats.

Cass City Newspapers
Searchable scanned images of the Cass City Chronicle and the Cass City Enterprise dating to the 1800s. From the Rawson Memorial Library in Cass City.

Cyndi’s List (Michigan resources)
Hundreds of links to genealogy and local history sites throughout Michigan. (Michigan Genealogy Guide)
Guide to Michigan ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

Kalamazoo Public Library Local Indexes & Community Information
Kalamazoo Gazette, complete subject and name index, 1972 to 2005; Kalamazoo Gazette obituaries, 1857 to 1888, with more date information available from the Kalamazoo Public Library. When searching the catalog, select Local Indexes & Community Information under the library drop-down menu.

Lake Orion Review
Most of the issues of the Lake Orion Review published since 1935, plus many older issues. To search, click on the “Lake Orion Review” link in the “Choose an Index” column on the lefthand side. From Orion Township Public Library.

Making of Modern Michigan
Digitized local history materials, such as photographs, family papers, oral histories and genealogical materials, from around the state.

Michigan Biographical Index
Name index of many Michigan publications and manuscripts.

Michigan Cemetery Sources
Lists published cemetery transcriptions located at the Library of Michigan. Identifies the location of more 3,700 cemeteries in Michigan. Links to online cemetery transcriptions.

Michigan Centennial Farms
The Centennial Farm Program is intended to recognize farms that have remained in the same family for a hundred years or more and highlight the family farm’s contributions to Michigan’s development.

Michigan County Clerks Directory
Contact information, hours and genealogy research procedures for each county in Michigan.

Michigan County Histories
Digitized reproductions of Michigan county atlases and histories dating from 1866 to 1926. Ongoing project.

Michigan Disasters
Articles and photos from the events that affected ancestors’ lives.

Michigan Family History Network
MFHN has over 120,000 Michigan records online for you to search. Michigan early births, Dibean Marriage Index, Michigan deaths, Civil War census records online and continues to grow.

Michigan Genealogist Newsletter
Genealogy newsletter from the Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries.

Michigan Genealogical Resources
From Genealoger Family History and Genealogy Services.

Michigan Genealogy Resources lists 15,305 worthwhile record sources for doing genealogy in Michigan. All records are organized by county, town, and record type to quickly pinpoint the information you need.

Michigan Grand Army of the Republic Records
List of known Michigan G.A.R. records and location.

Michigan Historical Collections
Digitized reproduction of Michigan Historical/Pioneer Collection are available at the Internet Archive. Perform a search for Michigan Historical Collections.

Michigan Newspaper Holdings at the Library of Michigan
List of Michigan newspapers on microfilm, organized by county.

Michigan Poorhouse History
Photos and links to more information on Michigan poorhouses.

Michigan One-Room Schoolhouse Collection
Information on more than 3,000 one-room schools in the state. Maintained by Van Buren District Library in Decatur.

MIGenWeb Project
Each Michigan county has its own website of historical information and record transcriptions.

Saginaw Cemeteries Search
Records from Brady Hill, Forest Lawn and Oakwood cemeteries. An ongoing cooperative effort by the Public Libraries of Saginaw and the City of Saginaw.

Saginaw City Directories 1866-1934
Digitized directories between the years 1866 and 1934.

Sault Ste. Marie Evening News Index
Evening News, 1888 to present; other Sault Ste. Marie papers, 1887 to 1903. Ongoing.

Seeking Michigan
The online collection of the Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries. Ongoing.

Statewide Search for Subdivision Plats
Includes all plats in the State of Michigan beginning with the plats created under the 1821 territorial act for recording town plats. From the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth.

Women’s History Clippings Index Search
Includes about 70 newspapers from around Michigan, as well as Chicago. From the Grand Rapids Public Library.

Woodmere Cemetery Research
Online index to burials at Woodmere Cemetery in Detroit. Ongoing project.

Wyandotte City Directories
Digitized directories between the years 1898 and 1936.

Cities and Villages of Livingston County

City of Brighton

The City of Brighton is located approximately forty-five miles northwest of Downtown Detroit. It was incorporated as a village in 1867 and became a Home Rule City in 1928. Brighton encompasses an area of approximately 3.65 square miles, has an estimated household population of approximately 7,442, and is the central business hub for approximately 54% of Livingston County’s approximate 180,102 household population, who reside in its southeast quadrant. The City’s estimated 3,603 households reflect an approximate average of 2.00 persons per household, which is the lowest in Livingston County.

The City is primarily residential and commercial in nature, with residential land uses comprising 35% of the land area and contributing 48% of the total ad valorem tax base. Although commercial uses comprise only 18% of the City’s land, they generate approximately 38.5% of the tax base. Industrial land uses occupy 11% of the land and contribute 4.2% to the property tax base. The remaining 9.3% of the ad valorem tax base is comprised of Personal Property Taxes on Commercial and Industrial real estate.

Brighton has the quality of life of a small city, but also has the advantage of being ideally located with easy access to the metropolitan areas of Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint, and Lansing. The City operates under the Council-Manager form of government. The Mayor is chosen by the seven-member elected City Council from among its members. The City Council appoints the City Manager who is responsible for the administration of the City’s activities. The City Council also appoint the City Attorney, City Planner, and City Engineer.

–From City of Brighton, Michigan: Comprehensive Annual financial Report for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2012, p. ii.

How did Brighton get its name? Brighton Area Historical Society

City of Howell

As the county seat, the City of Howell is centrally located within Livingston County. It was platted in 1835 and later incorporated in 1863. The City of Howell is the most populated city in the county. The City currently has a land area of approximately 4.9 square miles and a population of 9,489 based on the 2010 census. The government is empowered to levy a property tax on both real and personal property located within its boundaries. The government also has the power by state statute to extend its corporate limits by annexation, which is done periodically, when deemed appropriate by the City Council.

The City has operated under the council-manager form of government since 1955. All powers of the City shall be vested in and all matters of policy of the City shall be exercised and determined by a Council of seven members composed of the Mayor and six Council members. The Council shall hold at least two regular meetings per month. The Council is the City’s legislative and policymaking body. Council is responsible for adopting the annual budget, contracts, laws, ordinances and resolutions; approving purchases; and granting permits and license terms. Council members are elected at large to four year, staggered terms; elections are held in November of odd years. City Council serves as the direct citizen’s link to City Hall. City Council appoints the City Manager, Clerk, Treasurer, Attorney and Assessor. The City Manager is responsible for carrying out the policies and ordinances of the governing council, for supervising the day-to-day operations of the government, and for appointing the heads of the government’s departments.

The City provides a full range of services, including: police; the construction and maintenance of highways, streets and other infrastructure; sanitary sewage treatment and disposal; water treatment and distribution; economic development; recreational activities; and cultural events. The City is also financially accountable for certain legally separate entities, which are reported separately within the City’s financial statements. Additional information on each of these legally separate entities can be found in the notes to the basic financial statements.

–From City of Howell, Michigan: Comprehensive Annual Financial Report For the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2014, p. 1-2.

City of Howell History Howell Area Archives Howell Area Historical Society

Village of Fowlerville

Located in the heart of Livingston County, one of Michigan’s fastest growing counties, the Village of Fowlerville stands in the path of development as it grows from the surrounding cities of Lansing, Brighton and Flint. While much of the Village is already developed, recent activity includes redevelopment of the downtown and general commercial areas, and development within the industrial districts. This has led to additional attention from residential developers; however, the majority of activity remains in the Village’s commercial areas. Most of the residential development occurred prior to 1940, leaving the Village with an historic charm and development pattern that has contributed to the Village’s close-knit, small town community spirit.

Since the 1950’s, Livingston County and the Village of Fowlerville have experienced steady population growth. Like many communities in suburban southeast Michigan, the County experienced a surge in development during the 1970’s and 1980’s. Centrally located between several of the State’s metropolitan centers–Detroit, Lansing, Ann Arbor, and Flint–Livingston County has become an attractive place for residents looking for a less hectic lifestyle and for businesses seeking a location at the bustling crossroads of commerce. As development migrates eastward from Lansing and westward from Metro Detroit, the Village has emerged as a desirable location for commuters.

–From Village of Fowlerville, Livingston County, Michigan: Master Plan, Adopted September 14, 2009, pp. 1-1, 2-1.

History of Fowlerville Fowlerville Observer History Blog

Village of Pinckney

The Village of Pinckney is located in southern Livingston County along M-36, a major east-west road
corridor through the County. Pinckney’s location offers its residents convenient access to the major
metropolitan centers of Lansing, Flint, Detroit, and Ann Arbor via the major expressways of I-96, US 23,
and I-94. Interstate 96 is approximately 12 miles north of Pinckney, US-23, 13 miles to the east and
Interstate 94, nine miles to the south. This convenient location is advantageous for the Village’s economic
prosperity and the general quality of life for its residents.

The 2010 Census reported 869 households within the Village of Pinckney, representing an 18.9 percent
increase from the number reported in 2000. Seventy-eight percent (78%) of households in Pinckney are
categorized as “family households,” meaning that they consist of a householder and one or more other
people related to the householder by birth, marriage, or adoption. Conversely, “non-family households”
consist of people living alone or households which do not have any members related to the householder.
The average household
size in Pinckney was reported at 2.78 in 2010, down by 4 percent from the 2000 size.

–From Village of Pinckney Master Plan, May, 2015, pp. 3,10.

History of Pinckney Stockbridge Area Genealogical - Historical Society

Townships of Livingston County

Brighton Township

Brighton Township is located on the southeast side of Livingston County, and is within a short driving distance of a number of metropolitan areas such as Detroit, Lansing, Ann Arbor, and Flint. The Township has the benefit of having access to both I-96 and US-23, making it a logical center for residences and businesses. Benefiting from its desirable location, Brighton is one of Livingston County’s most heavily populated Townships.

–From Brighton Township Master Plan, May 19, 2014, pg. 100.

Brighton Township History

Cohoctah Township

Cohoctah Township is located at the Northwest quadrant of Livingston County. It is the largest farming community in the county and is very rural in nature.

The quaint burgs of Oak Grove, Cohoctah, and Cohoctah Center, and the Nazarene Campground are the only population centers within the township. Cohoctah was, at one time, a stop on the Howell to Linden stage route. A grain elevator, Post Office, and a gas station are located in Cohoctah.

The population of Cohoctah based upon the 2010 Federal Census was 3,317 individuals.

–from Cohoctah Township website, (, Retrieved 22 June 2015.

The Early History of Cohoctah More Cohoctah History

Conway Township

Conway Township is in the northwest corner of Livingston County. Conway has the second largest farming population in the county. Its agricultural lands are level to lightly rolling and they support a wide variety of crops as well as animal grazing.

Parts of Conway Township are heavily timbered with grassy openings. The township has few lakes and streams. The good folks in Conway Township want you to know when you come to Conway Township you should expect a lot of smiles. The estimated population of Conway Township for 2002 is 2,988 citizens.

–from Conway Township website, (, Retrieved 22 June 2015.

History of Conway Township

Deerfield Township

Deerfield Township is located in the north central portion of Livingston County.  Rolling countryside, dairy farms, woods and fields are some of the images of Deerfield Township.  The township is also noted for the Oak Grove State Game Area.  The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality maintains this wildlife habitat and it has a fine reputation for excellent deer hunting and fishing.  The estimated 2010 population of Deerfield Township is 4,170 citizens.

History of Deerfield Township

Genoa Township

Genoa Charter Township is located in southeastern Michigan between the cities of Brighton and Howell. The Grand River Avenue corridor and Interstate 96 provide direct access to our business district. The township is centrally and strategically located within 45 miles of Detroit, Lansing, Ann Arbor, Flint and Toledo. The township has a total area of 36.3 square miles (94.1 km²), of which, 34.2 square miles (88.7 km²) of it is land and 2.1 square miles (5.4 km²) of it (5.78%) is water.

As of the census of 2010, there are 19,281people, 7,807 households, and 5,647 families residing in the township. There are 8,456 housing units. The racial makeup of the township is 96.1% White, 0.6% African American, 0.4% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.50% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.1% of the population.

There are 7,807 households out of which 30.4% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 72.3% are married couples living together, 8.5% have a female householder with no husband present, and 27.7% are non-families. 22.4% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.2% has someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.54 and the average family size is 2.98.

In the township, the population is spread out with 26.4% under the age of 19, 4.9% from 20 to 24, 22.4% from 25 to 44, 32.0% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 42.7 years.

The median income for a household in the township is $69,862, and the median income for a family is $81,966. Males had a median income of $69,722 versus $42,221 for females. The per capita income for the township is $35,110. About 4.1% of families and 5.7% of the population are below the poverty line, including 7.3% of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.

–from Genoa Township Profile, Retrieved 22 June 2015

Genoa Township History

Green Oak Township

Green Oak Charter Township, established in 1835, is located in the Southeast corner of Livingston County. We are bordered by Washtenaw County on the South and Oakland County on the East. US-23 is our main North/South route through the Township and Interstate 96 is close to our Northern border. The school districts of Brighton, Whitmore Lake, and South Lyon serve our residents..

Rolling hills, streams, woodlands, and lakes are plentiful in our township. 20 percent of our township is public parkland. We have the Huron Meadows Metropark and Island Lake State Recreation Area along the Huron River as valued recreational area within our community.

–from Green Oak Charter Township, Retrieved 22 June 2015

History of Green Oak Charter Township Green Oak Charter Township Historic District Green Oak Township Historical Society

Hamburg Township

Hamburg Township is a civil township of Livingston County in the U.S. State of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the township population was 21,165, making it the largest municipality in Livingston County.

There are 32 named lakes, with numerous smaller ponds, marshes, creeks and streams. Hamburg has a “northern Michigan” vacation land feel while being located in Southeast Michigan within driving distance of Lansing, Detroit, Flint and Ann Arbor.

–from Hamburg Township website, Retrieved 22 June 2015

Hamburg Township History Hamburg Historical Museum Hamburg Historical Society

Handy Township

Handy Township is located in the northwest quadrant of Livingston County.  Early promoters of Livingston County cited Handy Township as a good place for agriculture, noting that it was level, well watered, had few swampy areas and was heavily timbered.  The first settlers came to Handy in 1836.  The area was organized into a township in 1838.  Within the central part of the township, the Village of Fowlerville was platted in 1849 and was incorporated as a village in 1871.

–from Handy Township website, Retrieved 22 June 2015

Handy Township History Pioneer Sketch of the Township of Handy

Hartland Township

Founded in 1836, Hartland Township has maintained its small town charm while offering amenities for modern living. Centrally located between Detroit, Lansing, Flint and Ann Arbor, the Township offers direct access to expressways for convenient commutes. The choice of rural, suburban and lake living makes Hartland Township a premier lifestyle option for those working in any of the nearby southeastern Michigan business hubs.

The Township is recognized regionally as one of area’s most welcoming and engaged communities. From the community’s exceptional schools and extensive youth sports programs to a progressive library, beautiful Township parks and an active Senior Center, the Township appeals to all generations.

–from Hartland Township website. Retrieved 22 June 2015.

Hartland Township History Hartland Area Historical Society

Howell Township

Howell Township was founded in 1836 and originally included in what is now the Townships of Oceola and Marion and the City of Howell.  In 1960 the population was 1,540 residents.  The 2010 census reported a population of 6,702. The population has been steadily growing with the largest growth between 1970-80 with a 64.8% increase.

The mixture of single and multiple-family residential housing, along with commercial and industrial, as well as farming, creates a comfortable environment to raise a family or conduct business.  Students in Howell Township attend Howell or Fowlerville Schools.

With M-59, Grand River, I-96, the airport and railroad, Howell Township has the advantage of a good industrial, commercial, residential and agricultural mix.  Residents have a choice of housing from high density, to acreage or small lot subdivisions, country estates or farms. All are afforded the close proximity of a variety of shopping and other necessary services.  Plus there is still ample property available in the industrial and commercial areas for further development.

–from Howell Township website. Retrieved 22 June 2015.

Howell Township History Howell Area Archives Howell Area Historical Society

Iosco Township

Iosco Township is located within the southwest quadrant of Livingston County. Iosco Township was settled in 1835 and organized into a township in 1838. It is the county’s least populated township with 3,801 people according to the 2010 census. Agriculture is a big way of life within the township. Iosco has only one population center, the settlement of Parkers Corners. Farmsteads, churches and cemeteries are dotted across the countryside of Iosco Township.

Historic and Rural Resources

The Township is rich in agricultural and historic resources. Several family farms of different styles still exist, although the amount of land they originally farmed has been reduced.
Iosco Township was settled according to the grid established by the Land Survey System which divided the Township into thirty-six 640-acre sections, 160-acre quarter sections, or 40-acre quarter sections. There are thirty six sections in the Township. Six of these thirty six sections are fractional sections. Most roads followed section lines which formed the basis for the existing roadway network, many of which retain their original rural character of gravel tree lined roads.

The population of the Township in 1900 was 908 people. By 1990, the population had grown to 1,567 people. The 2010 Census population was 3,801 people.

–from Iosco Township website. Retrieved 22 June 2015

Iosco Township History

Marion Township

Marion Township was first settled in 1833 and is centrally located within Livingston County. It supports a wide variety of agricultural uses such as dairy and beef farms, melon farms, blueberries, corn, and tree nurseries. Marion Township is also composed of diverse landscape features such as plains, ridges and small lakes that drain into three Great Lake drainage basins. The township is the main water supply for the City of Howell. The population in 2010 was 9,996.

Marion Township History

Oceola Township

Oceola Township is centrally located in Livingston County. The township contains substantial expanses of  farmland upon slightly rolling terrain. More than half of Thompson Lake is located in the southwest corner of  the township. Hundreds of residents located along the shore and visitors to the Howell City Park enjoy this scenic 262 acre, all sports lake.  The 2010 Census population of Oceola Township is 11,936 citizens.

–from Oceola Township website. Retrieved 23 June 2015

Oceola Township History

Putnam Township

Putnam Township is located within the southwest quadrant of Livingston County. The topography of the township is gently rolling to hilly, with two lake chains. Its natural features are preserved in approximately one third of the Township in the Pinckney Recreation Area, Gregory State Game Area, University of Michigan Biological Research Station, Girl Scouts of Metro Detroit and Lakeland Trail which are host to many recreational opportunities such as hiking, swimming, bridle and cross country trails. Putnam Township includes the Village of Pinckney and the hamlet of Hell.

–from Putnam Township website. Retrieved 23 June 2015.

Putnam Township History

Tyrone Township

Tyrone Township, first settled in 1834, is located in the northeastern-most corner of Livingston County, Michigan.  Historically, a major Indian trail called the Shiawassee Trail crossed through Tyrone Township as a connection between Detroit and the Shiawassee County community of Shiawasseetown.  Today, the township is a picturesque rural community with rolling hills blended with lakes, golf courses and open spaces.  The census population of Tyrone Township for 2010 was 10,020 citizens.

–from Tyrone Township website. Retrieved 23 June 2015.

Tyrone Township History Tyrone Historical Society

Unadilla Township

Unadilla Township is located at the southwest corner of Livingston County, Michigan.  Unadilla Township is a general law township which includes the unincorporated Villages of Plainfield, Gregory and Unadilla.  The Township Hall is located at 126 Webb Street (one block east of Main Street in the Village of Gregory).  Unadilla Township is located two miles east of Stockbridge and four miles west of Pinckney.  The population of the Township is 3,366 ( 2010 Census).

–from Unadilla Township website. Retrieved 23 June 2015.

Unadilla Township History