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Our Genealogical Helper for Mackinac Island ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community which surrounded our ancestors and that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Mackinac Island (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us insight while doing our genealogical research.

As we organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Mackinac Island. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Name Variations for Mackinac Island ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Mackinac Island.

  • Typical abbreviation for Mackinac Island: Mackinac Is. (in Canada, 'Isld.' is the more common abbreviation.)

Websites to Help Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with Cyndi's List, FamilySearch or the UsGenWeb Project. These professional websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although it should be mentioned that they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Mackinac Island:

For pages that are specific to Michigan:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     USGenWeb    

These pages are specific to Mackinac County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search    

Genealogy information for the nearby counties:

Cheboygan County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search    
Chippewa County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search    
Emmet County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search    
Presque Isle County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Michigan:

Cyndi's List:     Cemeteries of Michigan,     of Mackinac County
Cemetery Junction:     Directory for Michigan     Cemetery Wiki for Michigan
Find-A-Grave:     Home Page     Cemeteries of Michigan,     of Mackinac County

Cemeteries Near Mackinac Island ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Mackinac Island.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see above).

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a new browser window will open with a Google map showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see it right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery and some of the headstones.

Covering a larger area and in alphabetical order, we have our Cemetery List for Mackinac Island.

Distance &
  Name of Cemetery     Located In ...  
      Less than 2 miles<1>  
  SE   Ft. Mackinac Post Cemetery [Map]       Fort Holmes  
  N   St. Anns Cemetery [Map]       Fort Holmes  
  N   Mackinac Island Cemetery [Map]       Fort Holmes  
      4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W   Lakeside Cemetery [Map]       Saint Ignace  
      5 miles [8 km]  
  W   St. Ignace's Catholic Cemetery [Map]       Saint Ignace  
      7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW   Mackinaw City Bible Church [Map]       Mackinaw City (Emmet County)  
  N   Indian Burial Ground [Map]       Mackinac County  
      8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW   Lakeview Cemetery [Map]       Mackinaw City (Emmet County)  
  W   Gros Gap Cemetery [Map]       Gros Cap  
      9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S   Sailors and Indians Cemetery [Map]       Freedom (Cheboygan County)  
  ESE   McRae Cemetery [Map]       Mackinac County  
  ESE   Olive Church Grove [Map]       Mackinac County  
      10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW   Carp River Cemetery [Map]       Charles  
  NNW   St. Ignace Cemetery [Map]       Charles  

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<2>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Mackinac Island had a population of 750 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2012, Mackinac Island had a population of 493 people.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Mackinac Island, with the one closest to Mackinac Island listed first.

Saint Ignace       [Map]  
 - Located 5 miles [8 km] to the West (W) from Mackinac Island
 - 1895 population of 2,704 people (with 2,452 people in 2012)
 - Saint Ignace had a post office and railroad service
Mackinaw City       [Map]  
 - Located 7 miles [11.3 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Mackinac Island
 - 1895 population of 333 people (with 807 people in 2012)
 - Mackinaw City had a post office and railroad service
Freedom       [Map]  
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Mackinac Island
 - Freedom had railroad service and no post office
Pointe Aux Pins       [Map]  
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Mackinac Island
 - Pointe Aux Pins had a post office and no railroad service
Carp Lake       [Map]  
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the South Southwest (SSW) from Mackinac Island
 - 1895 population of 32 people
 - Carp Lake had a post office and railroad service
Hessel       [Map]  
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Mackinac Island
 - Hessel had a post office and no railroad service
Moran       [Map]  
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Mackinac Island
 - 1895 population of 55 people
 - Moran had a post office and railroad service
Cedarville       [Map]  
 - Located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Mackinac Island
 - Cedarville had a post office and no railroad service

We've created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Mackinac Island. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Mackinac Island in the 1890's.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't expanded our search to the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Mackinac Island is located in Mackinac County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Mackinac County: Chippewa, Luce & Schoolcraft.

Below are the counties that are near Mackinac Island. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Mackinac Island:

Mackinac     (The home county for Mackinac Island)
      Saint Ignace   [Map]     W   5 miles [8 km]
      Gros Cap   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
      Pointe Aux Pins   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Hessel   [Map]     NE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Moran   [Map]     NW   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Cedarville   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
      Kenneth   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mackinaw City   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
      Cheboygan   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Mullett Lake   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Topinabee   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Burt Lake   [Map]     S   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Indian River   [Map]     S   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Afton   [Map]     S   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Black Lake   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Tower   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Wolverine   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Pickford   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Rudyard   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Goetzville   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Kinross   [Map]     N   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Trout Lake   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Barbeau   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      De Tour Village   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Dafter   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Brimley   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Strongs   [Map]     NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Eckerman   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Carp Lake   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Levering   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Pellston   [Map]     S   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Cross Village   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Brutus   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Alanson   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Good Hart   [Map]     SW   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Oden   [Map]     S   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Middle Village   [Map]     SW   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Conway   [Map]     S   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Harbor Springs   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Kegomic - Historic   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Petoskey   [Map]     SW   37 miles [59.5 km]
Presque Isle
      Black Lake Bluffs   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Onaway   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Mackinac Island, see our County-by-County Page for Mackinac Island.

Miscellaneous Mentions for Mackinac Island ...

While our initial data for Mackinac Island came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Mackinac Island in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Mackinac Island.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide
      Published by Rand McNally & Co.      (Document found on Google Books)
Notes for Mackinac Island:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Express Office, no Railroad mentioned  
We have found Mackinac Island in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Mackinac Island for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Mackinac Island.
      See our Misc Page for Mackinac Island for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

About Michigan

About Mackinac County

Cities, Towns and Villages of Michigan

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Mackinac Island

The Panormaio photo collection contain pictures for the area around Mackinac Island:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance from Mackinac Island. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, private property - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Mackinac Island) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Mackinac Island. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Mackinac Island

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<2>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Mackinac Island, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Mackinac Island.


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