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Mackinac Island, Michigan

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Our Genealogy 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 in which our ancestors lived, the community 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 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 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.)

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 and 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 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.

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)
  British Landing   [Map]     NW   Less than 2 miles<1>
  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]
  Simmons - Historic   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Port Dolomite   [Map]     NE   18 miles [29 km]
  Kenneth   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Ozark   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Fiborn - Historic   [Map]     NW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Mackinaw City   [Map]     SW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  Point Nipigon   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Cheboygan   [Map]     SE   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Riggsville   [Map]     S   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Mullett Lake   [Map]     S   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Long Point   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Veery Point   [Map]     S   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Topinabee   [Map]     S   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Giauque Beach   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 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]
  Dryburg   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Fibre   [Map]     N   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Pickford   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Rudyard   [Map]     N   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Stirlingville   [Map]     NE   27 miles [43.5 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]
  Oak Ridge   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Dafter   [Map]     N   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Brimley   [Map]     N   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Carp Lake   [Map]     SW   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Levering   [Map]     SW   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Van   [Map]     SW   19 miles [30.6 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]
  Bay View   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
Presque Isle
  Black Lake Bluffs   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Huron Beach   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 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.

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

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  SE Ft. Mackinac Post Cemetery   [Map]     
  N St. Anns Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Mackinac Island Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  W Lakeside Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  W St. Ignace's Catholic Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  SW Mackinaw City Bible Church Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Indian Burial Ground   [Map]     
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  SW Lakeview Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Gros Gap Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Sailors & Indians Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE McRae Cemetery   [Map]     
  ESE Olive Church Grove Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  NNW Carp River Cemetery   [Map]     
  NNW St. Ignace Cemetery   [Map]     

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Mackinac Island ...

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 62 newspapers that have been published in the area around Mackinac Island.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Mackinac Island. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Mackinac Island and those printed in the larger area surrounding Mackinac Island.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 39 miles [62.8 km] of Mackinac Island.

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 2018, Mackinac Island had a population of 471 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 2,322 people in 2018)
 - 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 797 people in 2018)
 - 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 also 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.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These helpful 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:

These websites are specific to Michigan:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the //

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 Mackinac County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Cheboygan County:     Cyndi's



Chippewa County:     Cyndi's



Emmet County:     Cyndi's



Presque Isle County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Michigan:

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Mackinac Island ...

While our initial data about 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 ...

Search for a Michigan Community

About Mackinac County

About Michigan

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Mackinac Island:

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 things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Mackinac Island) to Point B.

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

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Mackinac Island. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 45.8561, Longitude: -84.6217     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Mackinac Island have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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

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