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Elberta, Michigan

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Our Genealogy Helper for Elberta ...

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 Elberta (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 Elberta. 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.

A Few Details for ' . Elberta . ' ...

Information from our Profile Page for Elberta:

  • Elberta was settled in 1855.
  • It was incorporated in 1894.

Name changes for Elberta:

  • The community of Elberta was originally named South Frankfort.

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.

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 northeast 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 north.

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 north 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.

Elberta 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 Elberta. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Elberta:

Benzie     (The home county for Elberta)
  Frankfort   [Map]     N   Less than 2 miles<1>
  Benzonia   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Beulah   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Honor   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Aral - Historic   [Map]     NE   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Thompsonville   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Nessen City   [Map]     E   18 miles [29 km]
  Griner Station   [Map]     E   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Lake Ann   [Map]     E   20 miles [32.2 km]
Grand Traverse
  Interlochen   [Map]     E   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Grawn   [Map]     E   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Traverse City   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Kingsley   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Mayfield   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Summit City   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Devils Elbow   [Map]     E   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Acme   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Irons   [Map]     SE   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Empire   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Jacktown - Historic   [Map]     NE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Glen Haven - Historic   [Map]     NE   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Glen Arbor   [Map]     NE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Maple City   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Port Oneida - Historic   [Map]     NE   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Shalda Corners - Historic   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Isadore - Historic   [Map]     NE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Bodus   [Map]     NE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Greilickville   [Map]     E   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Bingham   [Map]     NE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Crescent - Historic   [Map]     N   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Arcadia   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  Bear Lake   [Map]     S   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Henry - Historic   [Map]     SE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Onekama   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Copemish   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Douglas   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Kaleva   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Pomona   [Map]     SE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Harlan - Historic   [Map]     SE   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Parkdale   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Brethren   [Map]     SE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Eastlake   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Free Soil   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Fountain   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Buckley   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Glengary   [Map]     SE   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Mesick   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Sherman   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Harrietta   [Map]     SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Boon   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Hoxeyville - Historic   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]

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

Cemeteries Near Elberta ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Elberta.

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 Google map will open 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 or 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 Elberta covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Gilmore Cemetery   [Map]     
  NE Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 2 miles [3.2 km]  
  NNW Crystal Lake Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  SSE Blaine Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  E Benzonia Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SE Joyfield Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  S Pilgrim Home Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ENE Champion Hill Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSE Pleasonton Twp. Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 11 miles [17.7 km]  
  S Conway Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Weldon Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Homestead Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in Elberta ...

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 121 newspapers that have been published in the area around Elberta.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Elberta, there are papers which were published within 50 miles [80.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Elberta.

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>

While we didn't find Elberta in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Elberta.

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

Frankfort   [Map]
 - Located Less than 2 miles to the North Northwest (NNW) from Elberta
 - 1895 population of 1,175 people (with 1,280 people in 2017)
 - Frankfort had a post office and railroad service
Benzonia   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Elberta
 - 1895 population of 250 people (with 503 people in 2017)
 - Benzonia had a post office and railroad service
Arcadia   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Elberta
 - Arcadia had a post office and no railroad service
Weldon   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the East Southeast (ESE) from Elberta
 - Weldon had a post office and no railroad service
Edgewater   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Northeast (NE) from Elberta
 - 1895 population of 62 people
 - Edgewater had a post office and no railroad service
Pleasanton   [Map]
 - Located 11 miles [17.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Elberta
 - 1895 population of 26 people
 - Pleasanton had a post office and railroad service
Pierport   [Map]
 - Located 13 miles [20.9 km] to the South (S) from Elberta
 - 1895 population of 158 people
 - Pierport had a post office and railroad service
Bear Lake   [Map]
 - Located 14 miles [22.5 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Elberta
 - 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 Elberta. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Elberta in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first turn to the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These websites either 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 Elberta:

These websites are specific to Michigan:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

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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    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Grand Traverse County:     Cyndi's



Lake County:     Cyndi's



Leelanau County:     Cyndi's



Manistee County:     Cyndi's



Mason County:     Cyndi's



Wexford County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Michigan:

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

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

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

Along The Tracks, A Directory of Named Places on Michigan Railroads
(Available from

Written by: Meints, Graydon M.

Published by Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University - 1987

We have found Elberta in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Elberta for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Elberta. See our Misc Page for Elberta for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for Michigan

About Benzie County

About Michigan

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Elberta. 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 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Elberta) 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 Elberta. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Elberta

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Elberta. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 44.6201, Longitude: -86.2271     [Map].

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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 Elberta, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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