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SDL's Local History Digital Archives

The following documents from SDL's collection have been digitized and may be viewed online in searchable PDF format.

  • The Bark Shanty Times
  • Port Sanilac Cemetery Records
  • Port Sanilac Light Journal
  • Shingle Shavers & Berry Pickers by Oliver Raymond
  • The St. John Lutheran Church: baptism, birth, death and marriage certificates

Genealogy workshops

Sanilac County Genealogical Society

The SCGS website has a growing database of helpful genealogy information as well as information of surnames being researched by members, society events, workshops, projects and a page with links to most of the area libraries from our website!

SCGS welcomes research inquiries to the SCGS website. SCGS members are happy to help researchers get started or try to unlock those brick walls. SCGS does not charge. SCGS does not research legal records, but can direct researchers to the contacts for those records. 

Genealogy Internet Resources

Family History & Genealogy Resources at the Library of Michigan

Seeking Michigan - digitized primary source documents, maps, films, images, oral histories and artifacts. MI death records 1897 - 1920. More than 100,000 pages of Civil War documents; 10,000 photographs; a variety of Michigan sheet music; a section about Michigan's 44 past governors; Works Progress Administration data (circa 1936-1942) about land and buildings throughout rural Michigan; and oral histories with notable Michigan residents. And much more.

  Cemetery Records


Deeds and Land Records

Genealogy Sites


  • Obits Archive - the largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices in the US.

Sanilac County

Ships & Passenger Lists

Vital Records