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Our Genealogical Helper for Benzonia ...

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 in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Benzonia (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 add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Benzonia. 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.

Newspapers Published in the area of Benzonia ...

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 95 newspapers that have been published in the area around Benzonia.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Benzonia. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Benzonia and those printed in the larger area surrounding Benzonia.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 44 miles [70.8 km]<1> of Benzonia.

Cemeteries Near Benzonia ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Benzonia.

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 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 the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery and some of the headstones.

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 Benzonia covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

        Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Benzonia Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  S Joyfield Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NE Champion Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Weldon Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Homestead Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gilmore Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Blaine Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WNW Crystal Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  ENE Memorial Park   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  SSW Pilgrim Home Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Pleasonton Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Springdale Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Brundage Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SE Thompsonville Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNE Platte Cemetery   [Map]     


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.<3>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Benzonia had a population of 250 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2017, Benzonia had a population of 503 people.

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

Weldon   [Map]
 - Located 3 miles [4.8 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Benzonia
 - Weldon had a post office and no railroad service
Edgewater   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the North (N) from Benzonia
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Edgewater had a post office and no railroad service
Frankfort   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Benzonia
 - 1895 population of 1,175 people (with 1,280 people in 2017)
 - Frankfort had a post office and railroad service
Pleasanton   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the South (S) from Benzonia
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Pleasanton had a post office and railroad service
Arcadia   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southwest (SW) from Benzonia
 - Arcadia had a post office and no railroad service
Thompsonville   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Benzonia
 - Thompsonville had a post office and railroad service
Copemish   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Benzonia
 - 1895 population of 100 people (with 191 people in 2017)
 - Copemish had a post office and railroad service
Nessen City   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Benzonia
 - 1895 population of 35 people
 - Nessen City had a post office and railroad service
Bendon   [Map]
 - Located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the East (E) from Benzonia
 - Bendon had railroad service and no post office
Bear Lake   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South (S) from Benzonia
 - 1895 population of 432 people (with 280 people in 2017)
 - Bear Lake had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Benzonia. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Benzonia 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 southwest corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals and doctors were in the next county to the west. 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 west 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.

Benzonia is located in Benzie County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Benzie County: Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Manistee & Wexford.

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

Benzie     (The home county for Benzonia)
      Beulah   [Map]   N   Less than 2 miles
      Honor   [Map]   NE   5 miles [8 km]
      Elberta   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Frankfort   [Map]   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
      Aral - Historic   [Map]   N   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Thompsonville   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Nessen City   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Griner Station   [Map]   SE   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Lake Ann   [Map]   NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Elk Rapids   [Map]   NE   39 miles [62.8 km]
Grand Traverse
      Interlochen   [Map]   E   16 miles [25.7 km]
      Grawn   [Map]   E   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Traverse City   [Map]   E   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Kingsley   [Map]   E   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Mayfield   [Map]   E   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Summit City   [Map]   E   29 miles [46.7 km]
      Devils Elbow   [Map]   E   30 miles [48.3 km]
      Acme   [Map]   E   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Walton   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Williamsburg   [Map]   E   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Angel   [Map]   NE   36 miles [57.9 km]
      Mabel   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Old Mission   [Map]   NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Fife Lake   [Map]   E   36 miles [57.9 km]
      South Boardman   [Map]   E   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Irons   [Map]   S   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Peacock   [Map]   S   40 miles [64.4 km]
      Jacktown - Historic   [Map]   NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Empire   [Map]   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Glen Arbor   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Glen Haven - Historic   [Map]   N   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Maple City   [Map]   NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
      Shalda Corners - Historic   [Map]   NE   23 miles [37 km]
      Port Oneida - Historic   [Map]   N   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Isadore - Historic   [Map]   NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
      Bodus   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Greilickville   [Map]   NE   25 miles [40.2 km]
      Bingham   [Map]   NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Lake Leelanau   [Map]   NE   31 miles [49.9 km]
      Leland   [Map]   NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
      Henry - Historic   [Map]   SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Arcadia   [Map]   SW   10 miles [16.1 km]
      Copemish   [Map]   SE   12 miles [19.3 km]
      Bear Lake   [Map]   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
      Pomona   [Map]   SE   14 miles [22.5 km]
      Kaleva   [Map]   S   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Harlan - Historic   [Map]   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
      Onekama   [Map]   S   18 miles [29 km]
      Brethren   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Douglas   [Map]   S   21 miles [33.8 km]
      Parkdale   [Map]   S   26 miles [41.8 km]
      Eastlake   [Map]   S   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Manistee   [Map]   SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
      Free Soil   [Map]   S   35 miles [56.3 km]
      Fountain   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Millerton - Historic   [Map]   S   39 miles [62.8 km]
      Buckley   [Map]   E   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Glengary   [Map]   SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
      Mesick   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Sherman   [Map]   SE   23 miles [37 km]
      Harrietta   [Map]   SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
      Boon   [Map]   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
      Hoxeyville - Historic   [Map]   SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
      Manton   [Map]   E   37 miles [59.5 km]
      Bond's Mills - Historic   [Map]   SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
      Haring   [Map]   SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

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

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch, the UsGenWeb Project or Genealogy Trails. These websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note 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 Benzonia:

These websites are specific to Michigan:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

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Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Michigan to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Benzie County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Antrim County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Grand Traverse County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Kalkaska County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Lake County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Leelanau County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Manistee County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Mason County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    
Wexford County:       Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails     USGenWeb    

Cemetery Information and Directories for Michigan:

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

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.

Disaster Stories from Michigan

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Benzonia ...

While our initial data for Benzonia came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Benzonia 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 Benzonia.

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 Benzonia:
    Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station  
We have found Benzonia in these Censuses: 2010-1990
      See our Census Page for Benzonia for more information.
Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Benzonia.
      See our Misc Page for Benzonia for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Michigan

About Benzie County

About Michigan

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Benzonia. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Benzie County:

The official website for State of Michigan:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance beginning in Benzonia. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Benzonia) 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 Benzonia. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Benzonia

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Benzonia. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.6160, Longitude: -86.0990     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Benzonia have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>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:

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<3>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 Benzonia, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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