If you are researching your family ancestry in Sanilac County, Michigan then you have come to the right place!


We are a volunteer organization dedicated to the genealogy of our ancestors who lived in Sanilac County. The county was officially organized in January of 1850, but people were living here when the area was part of St. Clair County. Many of our members are experienced genealogists and local historians and as such have access to local references books and genealogical records and are capable of assisting you with your research. While our services are free we do ask that in exchange for any help you receive you consider at least a one-year membership in our organization.


  • To collect, preserve and make accessible Sanilac County records of genealogical value.

  • To encourage and assist members in genealogical research, including traditional and genetic research.

  • To promote interest in family genealogy through public educational efforts.

  • To publish genealogical and historical information pertaining to Sanilac County.

Ready to get started? Click here and print Ancestral Chart and Family Group Sheets.





Regular Membership Meetings - the Society meets on the third Tuesday of the month at times

and locations to be determined, although we typically meet 1pm - 3 pm. 

We do not meet in December, January or February. 

All interested persons are welcome to attend our meetings and educational events.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 @ 1pm

Aitken Memorial District Library

111 N. Howard Avenue

Croswell, MI 48422

Using Autosomal DNA to Further Your Family Research

Presenter: Tim Weeder, Vice-President of SCGS

Learn how genetic genealogy can help with your search for answers. Do you want to know if you are on the right track with your research? Do you have an adopted ancestor and want to know more? You've run out of records and want to know who is on the other side of your brick wall? We will explore terms and concepts that serve as a foundation for working with your DNA matches. Examples from AncestryDNA will be used.

Note: Nominations will be taken for Vice-President, Secretary and Trustee #2.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022 @ 1pm

Sandusky District Library

55 East Sanilac Road

Sandusky, MI 48471

Why Genealogists Need to Tell Family Stories---Beyond Dry Facts

Presenter: Laura Hedgecock  www.treasurechestofmemories.com

Laura Hedgecock, storyteller and amateur nature photographer, illustrates (literally and figuratively) the importance of family stories in genealogy and how stories can connect us to people we never had a chance to know.  She also shares tips on connecting future generations with their ancestors through their stories.

Note: Elections will be held for Vice-President, Secretary and Trustee #2.


Tuesday, May 17, 2022 @ 1pm

Sandusky District Library

55 East Sanilac Road

Sandusky, MI 48471


Scots-Irish Research

Presenter: Derek Blount, Vice-President of Oakland County Genealogical Society.

Who are the Scots-Irish and where did they come from? Where can the records be found after the 1922 Public Records Office (PRO) fire erased 700 years of records? 




Tuesday, June 21, 2022 @ 1pm

Sandusky District Library

55 East Sanilac Road

Sandusky, MI 48471


Probate Records and Other Court Records Made at an Ancestor's Death

Presenter: Laressa Northrup

Learn about the different estate records created when a person died including those individuals with a will, those individuals without a will, those individuals with guardianships and coroner’s records.  Also learn about the different kinds of wills that people made and we will also cover some inheritance laws.  We will discuss the different clues that you should look for in the records and the different records to be found in a probate record.  Finally, we will discuss where to find these records





Tuesday, July 19, 2022 @ 5pm

Annual Society Picnic

Home of Jolyne & Tom Fisher

3043 Lakeshore Drive

Lexington, MI 48450

It's time for our annual pot luck picnic overlooking beautiful Lake Huron.

Please note we will gather at 5pm. Bring a dish to pass. Will you be lucky and win our auction items? We will conduct only a brief business meeting. Contact us to RSVP and get directions.

We hope to see you there!

August, September, October and November meetings still to be determined.



Members of the Society continually work at locating and transcribing records of local genealogical interest. The Society also periodically conducts genealogy workshops open to the public and in other ways promotes interest in the study of family history. Here you will find recently completed works and potential future projects.

 Pioneer Certificates

The Society is supportive of the Pioneer Certificate Program sponsored by the Michigan Genealogical Council. To learn more about this program please visit www.mimgc.org. Recipients will receive either the Pre-Statehood or the First Families certificate, depending upon the arrival date of their earliest Michigan ancestor. The personalized certificates and a pin bearing the emblem of the certificate will be presented and their ancestor's name added to a database of early Michigan pioneers.



before Jan 26, 1837


First Families

Jan 26, 1837 to Dec 31, 1880


Any certificate awardee who can also show their ancestor lived in Sanilac County between Jan 1, 1850 and December 31, 1880 (such as census or vital record) is eligible for an additional certificate compliments the Sanilac County Genealogical Society. You need not be a member of the Society, but there is a $10 fee for non-members. Certificates are free to SCGS members. The Sanilac County Early Pioneers Certificate is an excellent way to recognize early residents of our county, link oneself to local history, and build family pride.



Colonie Saxonia in Delaware Township

We are proud to announce Utz Schmidt, a fellow member of the Sanilac County Genealogical Society, has published a major work Michigan's Thumb: A Paradise for Saxonia Settlers. It chronicles the recruitment, immigration and establishment of 100 German families from Saxony beginning in the 1850s up through the 1930s. His in-depth book took years to research and write. It is 360 pages with many photographs and maps. Both genealogists and historians will enjoy this book. Order your copy at https://www.lulu.com



Sanilac Country Rural Schools Project

A joint project of the Sanilac County Genealogical Society and Sanilac County Historical Society initiated in April, 2018 and completed May, 2019. The purpose was to rediscover our country schools which served our community for well over a century.  Project workers documented the location of 200 former schoolhouses using plat maps, property deeds, personal recollections and historical works.  They sought and obtained thousands of photographs of former schoolhouses, teachers and students, as well as school memorabilia such as report cards, school board meeting records, lists of students and teachers, personal memoirs, reunion notes, etc. The end product was added to the extensive digital collection held by the Sandusky District Library. Go to Sandusky District Library - Genealogy and click on History folder then scroll down to Sanilac Rural Schools. The project was co-chaired by Ella Klein and Richard Parr.

Sanilac County Land Patent Purchases 1833-1849

(including portions of Huron County)

This project involved transcribing a historic register once belonging to Hiram Bacon (1814-1869) who would become the first Deputy Clerk for the fully organized Sanilac County in 1850. Who initiated the register and for what purpose is a mystery.  The record keeping began when the region was part of Desmond Township, St. Clair County and then became Lexington Township, St. Clair County. This work should be used in conjunction with records found at the fully searchable database of General Land Office Records.  Register owner: Richard Parr. Tim Weeder transcribed the register and wrote the introductory section about the register, history of first surveys and surveyors, early boundary changes, Federal land patents and the Detroit Land Office. Project completed November, 2018. Go to Sandusky District Library - Genealogy and scroll down to Documents folder.

Index to Sanilac County Births, Marriages & Deaths 1849-1920

The Index of Birth Records 1867-1879 was compiled by extracting and proofreading courthouse records by the research team of Ella Klein, John Agar, Dorothy Kelly, Pat Parr, Sue Patullo and Jan Wallace.  The Index of Marriage Records 1849-1920 was extracted and proofread by Ella Klein, Shirley Davies, Dorothy Kelly, Tom Maher, Pat Parr, Sue Patullo, Susan Potter, Jan Wallace and Jeanne Wilson. The Index of Marriage Records 1870-1885 was researched by Ella Klein. The Index of Death Records 1889-1898 were compiled by Ella Klein, Norma Barlow, Susan Clarkson, Dorothy Kelly and Tom Maher.  Go to Sandusky District Library - Genealogy and scroll down to Documents folder.

1890 Reconstructed Federal Census for Sanilac County, Michigan

The 1890 Federal Census for Sanilac County, destroyed by fire in Washington D.C., has long frustrated researchers of family history. This project attempts to fill the gap between the 1880 and 1900 Federal Censuses.  The reconstruction was done by members of the Sanilac County Genealogical Society. Sources: 1880 and 1900 Federal Census, newspaper items, vital records, personal information, plat book entries and local history accounts. The 1894 State of Michigan Census was also used for the alphabetically first ten townships, starting with Argyle and ending with Flynn. Unfortunately the other townships were not available. Go to Sandusky District Library - Genealogy and scroll down to Documents folder.

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