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Our Genealogy Helper for Bay City ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool which helps us with planning our trips.
  • We're trying to shape our Gazetteer as a tool to help us understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.
  • On our trips, we try to visit those places where our ancestors left their footprints.

By learning about Bay City (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 an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this our Genealogical Helper for Bay City. 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.

Name Variations for Bay City ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Our sources include documents like maps, railroad schedules, Travel, Express and Shipping Guides. Many of these documents date from the 1800's and it's common to find spelling differences.

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

The city of Bay City was originally named Lower Saginaw

If you have information about these names (such as the reason for the change, date of change, the origin of the name), please Contact Us.

A Few Details for Bay City ...

While it's still very early in our research, we have found that:

  • Bay City was founded in 1837.
  • It was incorporated in 1865.
  • These nearby communities were merged into Bay City:

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 doctors 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 included 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.

Bay City is located in Bay County and is the County Seat.

To see how the shape of Michigan's counties have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Bay County: Arenac, Gladwin, Midland, Saginaw & Tuscola.

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

  • Bay County     (The home county of Bay City)
    • Wenona (less than 2 miles to the northwest) - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wenona
      • Wenona was located less than 2 miles<1> to the northwest of Bay City and is located in Bay County
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Wenona. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<2>
    • West Bay City (less than 2 miles to the west)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for West Bay City
      • West Bay City lies less than 2 miles<1> to the west of Bay City and is located in Bay County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for West Bay City have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • West Bay City has also been known as:
      • West Bank City
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on West Bay City
    • Banks (less than 2 miles to the north) - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Banks
      • Banks was located less than 2 miles<1> to the north of Bay City and is located in Bay County
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Banks. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<2>
      • Banks has also been known as:
      • Bangor
      • Bank City
    • Salzburg (less than 2 miles to the southwest) - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Salzburg
      • Salzburg was located less than 2 miles<1> to the southwest of Bay City and is located in Bay County
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Salzburg. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<2>
    • Essexville (2 miles [3.2 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Essexville
      • Essexville lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Bay City and is located in Bay County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,244 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Essexville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Essexville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Essexville<4>
    • Brooks (2 miles [3.2 km] to the southwest) - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brooks
      • Brooks was located 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Bay City and is located in Bay County
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Brooks. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<2>
    • Wenona Beach (4 miles [6.4 km] to the north) - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wenona Beach
      • Wenona Beach was located 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Bay City and is located in Bay County
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Wenona Beach. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<2>
    • Kawkawlin (4 miles [6.4 km] to the northwest)
    • Frankenlust (4 miles [6.4 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Frankenlust
      • Frankenlust lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Bay City and is located in Bay County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Frankenlust
    • Amelith (6 miles [9.7 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Amelith
      • Amelith lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Bay City and is located in Bay County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Amelith
    • Brissette Beach (7 miles [11.3 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brissette Beach
      • Brissette Beach lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the north of Bay City and is located in Bay County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Brissette Beach
    • Munger (7 miles [11.3 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Munger
      • Munger lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Bay City and is located in Bay County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Munger have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Munger
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Munger<4>
  • Arenac County
    • Whites Beach (22 miles [35.4 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Whites Beach
      • Whites Beach lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the north of Bay City and is located in Arenac County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Whites Beach
    • Saganing (23 miles [37 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saganing
      • Saganing lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the north of Bay City and is located in Arenac County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saganing
    • Standish (26 miles [41.8 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Standish
      • Standish lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the north of Bay City and is located in Arenac County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,388 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Standish have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Standish
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Standish<4>
    • Sterling (30 miles [48.3 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sterling
      • Sterling lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the north of Bay City and is located in Arenac County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 498 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sterling have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sterling
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sterling<4>
    • Omer (31 miles [49.9 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Omer
      • Omer lies 31 miles [49.9 km]<1> to the north of Bay City and is located in Arenac County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 288 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Omer have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Omer
    • Au Gres (32 miles [51.5 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Au Gres
      • Au Gres lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the north of Bay City and is located in Arenac County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 833 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Au Gres
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Au Gres<4>
    • Twining (35 miles [56.3 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Twining
      • Twining lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the north of Bay City and is located in Arenac County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 168 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Twining have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Twining
    • Turner (38 miles [61.2 km] to the north)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Turner
      • Turner lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the north of Bay City and is located in Arenac County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 102 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Turner have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Turner
  • Genesee County
    • Farrandville (28 miles [45.1 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Farrandville
      • Farrandville lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the south of Bay City and is located in Genesee County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Farrandville
    • Montrose (28 miles [45.1 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Montrose
      • Montrose lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the south of Bay City and is located in Genesee County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,538 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Montrose
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Montrose<4>
    • Clio (29 miles [46.7 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clio
      • Clio lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the south of Bay City and is located in Genesee County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,480 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clio have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clio
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Clio<4>
    • Mount Morris (34 miles [54.7 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mount Morris
      • Mount Morris lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the south of Bay City and is located in Genesee County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,823 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mount Morris
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mount Morris<4>
    • Otisville (34 miles [54.7 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Otisville
      • Otisville lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Bay City and is located in Genesee County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 824 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Otisville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Otisville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Otisville<4>
    • Flushing (36 miles [57.9 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Flushing
      • Flushing lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the south of Bay City and is located in Genesee County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,840 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Flushing have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Flushing
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Flushing<4>
    • Genesee (36 miles [57.9 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Genesee
      • Genesee lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the southeast of Bay City and is located in Genesee County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Genesee have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Genesee
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Genesee<4>
  • Gladwin County
    • Rhodes (25 miles [40.2 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rhodes
      • Rhodes lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Bay City and is located in Gladwin County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rhodes
    • Beaverton (35 miles [56.3 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Beaverton
      • Beaverton lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Bay City and is located in Gladwin County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,175 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Beaverton have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Beaverton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Beaverton<4>
    • Gladwin (39 miles [62.8 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gladwin
      • Gladwin lies 39 miles [62.8 km]<1> to the northwest of Bay City and is located in Gladwin County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,890 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gladwin
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gladwin<4>
  • Gratiot County
    • North Wheeler (28 miles [45.1 km] to the west)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North Wheeler
      • North Wheeler lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the west of Bay City and is located in Gratiot County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for North Wheeler have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on North Wheeler
    • Wheeler (30 miles [48.3 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wheeler
      • Wheeler lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Bay City and is located in Gratiot County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wheeler have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wheeler
    • Breckenridge (32 miles [51.5 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Breckenridge
      • Breckenridge lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Bay City and is located in Gratiot County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,265 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Breckenridge have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Breckenridge
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Breckenridge<4>
    • Saint Louis (38 miles [61.2 km] to the west)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saint Louis
      • Saint Louis lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the west of Bay City and is located in Gratiot County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,086 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saint Louis
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saint Louis<4>
    • Ashley (40 miles [64.4 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ashley
      • Ashley lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Bay City and is located in Gratiot County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 540 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ashley
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ashley<4>
  • Huron County
    • Sebewaing (23 miles [37 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sebewaing
      • Sebewaing lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the northeast of Bay City and is located in Huron County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,611 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sebewaing
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sebewaing<4>
    • Valley Island (26 miles [41.8 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Valley Island
      • Valley Island lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the northeast of Bay City and is located in Huron County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Valley Island
    • Bach (27 miles [43.5 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bach
      • Bach lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the east of Bay City and is located in Huron County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bach
    • Kilmanagh (28 miles [45.1 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kilmanagh
      • Kilmanagh lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the northeast of Bay City and is located in Huron County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kilmanagh
    • Bay Port (31 miles [49.9 km] to the northeast)
    • Owendale (32 miles [51.5 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Owendale
      • Owendale lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the east of Bay City and is located in Huron County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 221 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Owendale have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Owendale
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Owendale<4>
    • Pigeon (34 miles [54.7 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pigeon
      • Pigeon lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the northeast of Bay City and is located in Huron County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,108 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pigeon
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pigeon<4>
    • Caseville (38 miles [61.2 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Caseville
      • Caseville lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Bay City and is located in Huron County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 725 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Caseville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Caseville<4>
    • Elkton (38 miles [61.2 km] to the northeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elkton
      • Elkton lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Bay City and is located in Huron County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 741 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Elkton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Elkton<4>
  • Isabella County
    • Shepherd (40 miles [64.4 km] to the west)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shepherd
      • Shepherd lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the west of Bay City and is located in Isabella County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,490 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shepherd
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Shepherd<4>
  • Lapeer County
    • Otter Lake (34 miles [54.7 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Otter Lake
      • Otter Lake lies 34 miles [54.7 km]<1> to the southeast of Bay City and is located in Lapeer County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 377 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Otter Lake have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Otter Lake
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Otter Lake<4>
    • Silverwood (37 miles [59.5 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Silverwood
      • Silverwood lies 37 miles [59.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Bay City and is located in Lapeer County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Silverwood have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Silverwood
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Silverwood<4>
    • Columbiaville (38 miles [61.2 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Columbiaville
      • Columbiaville lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Bay City and is located in Lapeer County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 764 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Columbiaville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Columbiaville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Columbiaville<4>
    • Clifford (40 miles [64.4 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clifford
      • Clifford lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the southeast of Bay City and is located in Lapeer County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 323 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clifford have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Clifford
  • Midland County
    • Midland (17 miles [27.4 km] to the west)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Midland
      • Midland lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the west of Bay City and is located in Midland County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 41,769 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Midland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Midland<4>
    • Averill (23 miles [37 km] to the west)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Averill
      • Averill lies 23 miles [37 km]<1> to the west of Bay City and is located in Midland County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Averill have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Averill
    • Hope (25 miles [40.2 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hope
      • Hope lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the northwest of Bay City and is located in Midland County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hope have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hope
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hope<4>
    • Ryan (25 miles [40.2 km] to the west)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ryan
      • Ryan lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the west of Bay City and is located in Midland County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ryan have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ryan
    • Sanford (25 miles [40.2 km] to the west)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sanford
      • Sanford lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the west of Bay City and is located in Midland County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 845 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sanford
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sanford<4>
    • Edenville (28 miles [45.1 km] to the northwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Edenville
      • Edenville lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Bay City and is located in Midland County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Edenville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Edenville
    • Porter (29 miles [46.7 km] to the west)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Porter
      • Porter lies 29 miles [46.7 km]<1> to the west of Bay City and is located in Midland County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Porter
    • Redstone (30 miles [48.3 km] to the west)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Redstone
      • Redstone lies 30 miles [48.3 km]<1> to the west of Bay City and is located in Midland County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Redstone
    • Coleman (36 miles [57.9 km] to the west)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coleman
      • Coleman lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the west of Bay City and is located in Midland County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,206 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Coleman
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Coleman<4>
  • Saginaw County
    • Melbourne (4 miles [6.4 km] to the south) - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Melbourne
      • Melbourne was located 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Bay City and is located in Saginaw County
      • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Melbourne. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<2>
    • Crow Island (8 miles [12.9 km] to the south) - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crow Island
      • Crow Island was located 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the south of Bay City and is located in Saginaw County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Crow Island have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Zilwaukee city (8 miles [12.9 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Zilwaukee city
      • Zilwaukee city lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the south of Bay City and is located in Saginaw County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,517 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Zilwaukee city have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Zilwaukee city
    • Carrollton (9 miles [14.5 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carrollton
      • Carrollton lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the south of Bay City and is located in Saginaw County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carrollton
    • Saginaw (11 miles [17.7 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Saginaw
      • Saginaw lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the south of Bay City and is located in Saginaw County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 47,823 people
      • Former names for Saginaw:
      • East Saginaw
      • Saginaw City
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Saginaw
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Saginaw<4>
    • Buena Vista (12 miles [19.3 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Buena Vista
      • Buena Vista lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the south of Bay City and is located in Saginaw County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Buena Vista have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Buena Vista
    • Freeland (12 miles [19.3 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Freeland
      • Freeland lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Bay City and is located in Saginaw County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Freeland have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Freeland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Freeland<4>
    • Blumfield Corners (14 miles [22.5 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Blumfield Corners
      • Blumfield Corners lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Bay City and is located in Saginaw County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Blumfield Corners
    • Reese (14 miles [22.5 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Reese
      • Reese lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Bay City and is located in Saginaw County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,366 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Reese have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Reese
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Reese<4>
    • Dice (14 miles [22.5 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dice
      • Dice lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Bay City and is located in Saginaw County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Dice
    • Paines (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Paines
      • Paines lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Bay City and is located in Saginaw County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Paines have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Paines
    • Shields (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shields
      • Shields lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Bay City and is located in Saginaw County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shields have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shields
  • Shiawassee County
    • New Lothrop (33 miles [53.1 km] to the south)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for New Lothrop
      • New Lothrop lies 33 miles [53.1 km]<1> to the south of Bay City and is located in Shiawassee County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 548 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for New Lothrop have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on New Lothrop
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for New Lothrop<4>
    • Henderson (38 miles [61.2 km] to the southwest)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Henderson
      • Henderson lies 38 miles [61.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Bay City and is located in Shiawassee County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Henderson have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Henderson
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Henderson<4>
  • Tuscola County
    • Bay Park (15 miles [24.1 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bay Park
      • Bay Park lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the east of Bay City and is located in Tuscola County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bay Park
    • Gilford (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gilford
      • Gilford lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the southeast of Bay City and is located in Tuscola County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gilford
    • Richville (16 miles [25.7 km] to the southeast)
    • Fairgrove (17 miles [27.4 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fairgrove
      • Fairgrove lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the east of Bay City and is located in Tuscola County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 528 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fairgrove have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fairgrove
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fairgrove<4>
    • Akron (18 miles [29 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Akron
      • Akron lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the east of Bay City and is located in Tuscola County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 373 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Akron
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Akron<4>
    • Watrousville (20 miles [32.2 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Watrousville
      • Watrousville lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Bay City and is located in Tuscola County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Watrousville
    • Unionville (21 miles [33.8 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Unionville
      • Unionville lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the east of Bay City and is located in Tuscola County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 471 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Unionville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Unionville<4>
    • Tuscola (21 miles [33.8 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tuscola
      • Tuscola lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Bay City and is located in Tuscola County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tuscola have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tuscola
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tuscola<4>
    • Vassar (21 miles [33.8 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vassar
      • Vassar lies 21 miles [33.8 km]<1> to the southeast of Bay City and is located in Tuscola County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,536 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vassar
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Vassar<4>
    • Wahjamega (24 miles [38.6 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wahjamega
      • Wahjamega lies 24 miles [38.6 km]<1> to the southeast of Bay City and is located in Tuscola County
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wahjamega have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wahjamega
    • Caro (25 miles [40.2 km] to the east)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Caro
      • Caro lies 25 miles [40.2 km]<1> to the east of Bay City and is located in Tuscola County
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,993 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Caro
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Caro<4>
    • Juniata (27 miles [43.5 km] to the southeast)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Juniata
      • Juniata lies 27 miles [43.5 km]<1> to the southeast of Bay City and is located in Tuscola County
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Juniata

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

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Bay City ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 179 newspapers that have been published in the area around Bay City.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Bay City. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Bay City and those printed in the larger area surrounding Bay City.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 30 miles [48.3 km] of Bay City.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to everyone.

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

  • Of Special Interest ...
    • The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.
    • Stories from Michigan

Cemeteries Near Bay City ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Bay City.

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 below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Bay City covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

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.<6>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Bay City had a population of 27,839 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2020, Bay City had a population of 32,435 people.

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

  • Bay City (Bay County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bay City
    • Bay City lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Bay City and is located in Bay County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 27,839 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 32,435 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Bay City had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bay City
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bay City<4>
  • Salzburg (Bay County) - Historic
    • While Salzburg was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Salzburg
    • Salzburg was located less than 2 miles<1> to the southwest of Bay City and is located in Bay County
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Salzburg had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Salzburg. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<2>
  • Banks (Bay County) - Historic
    • While Banks was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Banks
    • Banks was located less than 2 miles<1> to the north of Bay City and is located in Bay County
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Banks had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Banks. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<2>
    • Banks has also been known as:
    • Bangor
    • Bank City
  • Brooks (Bay County) - Historic
    • While Brooks was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Brooks
    • Brooks was located 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Bay City and is located in Bay County
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Brooks had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Brooks. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<2>
  • Essexville (Bay County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Essexville
    • Essexville lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Bay City and is located in Bay County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 1,545 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,244 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Essexville had a post office and no railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Essexville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Essexville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Essexville<4>
  • Frankenlust (Bay County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Frankenlust
    • Frankenlust lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Bay City and is located in Bay County
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Frankenlust had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Frankenlust
  • Melbourne (Saginaw County) - Historic
    • While Melbourne was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Melbourne
    • Melbourne was located 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of Bay City and is located in Saginaw County
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Melbourne had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Melbourne. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<2>
  • Wenona Beach (Bay County) - Historic
    • While Wenona Beach was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wenona Beach
    • Wenona Beach was located 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the north of Bay City and is located in Bay County
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Wenona Beach had railroad service and no post office
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Wenona Beach. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<2>
  • Kawkawlin (Bay County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kawkawlin
    • Kawkawlin lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northwest of Bay City and is located in Bay County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 238 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Kawkawlin had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kawkawlin
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kawkawlin<4>
  • Munger (Bay County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Munger
    • Munger lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Bay City and is located in Bay County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 30 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Munger had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Munger have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Munger
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Munger<4>
  • Zilwaukee city (Saginaw County)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Zilwaukee city
    • Zilwaukee city lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the south of Bay City and is located in Saginaw County
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 1,000 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,517 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Zilwaukee city had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Zilwaukee city have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Zilwaukee city
  • Crow Island (Saginaw County) - Historic
    • While Crow Island was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crow Island
    • Crow Island was located 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the south of Bay City and is located in Saginaw County
    • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 240 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Crow Island had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Crow Island have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Carrollton (Saginaw County)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carrollton
      • Carrollton lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the south of Bay City and is located in Saginaw County
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 1,074 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Carrollton had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carrollton
    • Auburn (Bay County)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Auburn
      • Auburn lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<1> to the west of Bay City and is located in Bay County
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 150 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,069 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Auburn had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Auburn
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Auburn<4>
    • Linwood (Bay County)
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Linwood
      • Linwood lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the north of Bay City and is located in Bay County
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 38 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Linwood had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Linwood
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Linwood<4>

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Bay City. See our List of 1890's Communities around Bay City.

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Mentions & References for Bay City

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The official website for Bay City: www.baycitymi.org/

The official website for Bay County: www.co.bay.mi.us/

The official website for State of Michigan: https://www.michigan.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Bay City) 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 Bay City. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Bay CityOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bay City. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.5956, Longitude: -83.8882    
<2>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<5>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<6>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 significantly 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 Bay City, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.




 

 

 

 

 


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