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Our Genealogy Helper for Port Hope ...

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 Port Hope (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 Port Hope. 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 Port Hope ...

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.

For example, a typical abbreviation for Port Hope: Prt. Hope

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 doctors 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.

Port Hope is located in Huron County.

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 Huron County: Sanilac & Tuscola.

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

  • Huron County     (The home county of Port Hope)
    • Redman [Huron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Redman
      • Redman [Huron County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the west of Port Hope
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Redman
    • Harbor Beach [Huron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Harbor Beach
      • Harbor Beach [Huron County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southeast of Port Hope
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,570 people
      • Former name for Harbor Beach:
      • Sand Beach
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Harbor Beach
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Harbor Beach<2>
    • Huron City [Huron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Huron City
      • Huron City [Huron County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the northwest of Port Hope
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Huron City have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Huron City
    • Rapson [Huron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rapson
      • Rapson [Huron County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Port Hope
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rapson
    • Grindstone City [Huron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grindstone City
      • Grindstone City [Huron County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Port Hope
      • Grindstone City has also been known as:
      • Grind Stone City
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grindstone City
    • Pointe aux Barques [Huron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pointe aux Barques
      • Pointe aux Barques [Huron County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the northwest of Port Hope
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pointe aux Barques
    • Filion [Huron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Filion
      • Filion [Huron County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the west of Port Hope
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Filion
    • Kinde [Huron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kinde
      • Kinde [Huron County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the west of Port Hope
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 411 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kinde
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kinde<2>
    • Port Austin [Huron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Port Austin
      • Port Austin [Huron County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Port Hope
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 615 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Port Austin have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Port Austin
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Port Austin<2>
    • Ruth [Huron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ruth
      • Ruth [Huron County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the south of Port Hope
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ruth have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ruth
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ruth<2>
    • White Rock [Huron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for White Rock
      • White Rock [Huron County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the south of Port Hope
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on White Rock
    • Bad Axe [Huron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bad Axe
      • Bad Axe [Huron County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Port Hope
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,889 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bad Axe have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bad Axe
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bad Axe<2>
    • Port Crescent [Huron County] - Historic
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Port Crescent
      • Port Crescent [Huron County] was located 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the west of Port Hope
  • Sanilac County
    • Minden City [Sanilac County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Minden City
      • Minden City [Sanilac County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the south of Port Hope
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 180 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Minden City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Minden City<2>
    • Forestville [Sanilac County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Forestville
      • Forestville [Sanilac County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the south of Port Hope
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 126 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Forestville
    • Tyre [Sanilac County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tyre
      • Tyre [Sanilac County] lies 20 miles [32.2 km]<1> to the southwest of Port Hope
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tyre
    • Palms [Sanilac County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Palms
      • Palms [Sanilac County] lies 22 miles [35.4 km]<1> to the south of Port Hope
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Palms
    • Richmondville [Sanilac County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Richmondville
      • Richmondville [Sanilac County] lies 26 miles [41.8 km]<1> to the south of Port Hope
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Richmondville
    • Deckerville [Sanilac County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Deckerville
      • Deckerville [Sanilac County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the south of Port Hope
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 775 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Deckerville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Deckerville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Deckerville<2>
    • Argyle [Sanilac County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Argyle
      • Argyle [Sanilac County] lies 28 miles [45.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Port Hope
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Argyle have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Argyle
    • Carsonville [Sanilac County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carsonville
      • Carsonville [Sanilac County] lies 35 miles [56.3 km]<1> to the south of Port Hope
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 488 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Carsonville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carsonville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Carsonville<2>
    • Port Sanilac [Sanilac County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Port Sanilac
      • Port Sanilac [Sanilac County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the south of Port Hope
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 574 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Port Sanilac have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Port Sanilac
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Port Sanilac<2>
    • Sandusky [Sanilac County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sandusky
      • Sandusky [Sanilac County] lies 36 miles [57.9 km]<1> to the south of Port Hope
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,494 people
      • Former name for Sandusky:
      • Sanilac Centre
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sandusky
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sandusky<2>
    • Applegate [Sanilac County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Applegate
      • Applegate [Sanilac County] lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the south of Port Hope
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 227 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Applegate
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Applegate<2>
  • Tuscola County
    • Cass City [Tuscola County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cass City
      • Cass City [Tuscola County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Port Hope
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,273 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cass City have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cass City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cass City<2>
    • Gagetown [Tuscola County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Gagetown
      • Gagetown [Tuscola County] lies 32 miles [51.5 km]<1> to the southwest of Port Hope
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 361 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gagetown have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gagetown
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Gagetown<2>

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

Newspapers Published in Port Hope ...

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 39 newspapers that have been published in the area around Port Hope.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Port Hope, there are papers which were published within 39 miles [62.8 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Port Hope.

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 professional and volunteer 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 Port Hope:

  • 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 Port Hope ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Port Hope.

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 Port Hope 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 Port Hope had a population of 393 people in 1895 with a post office and no railroad service. In 2020, Port Hope had a population of 248 people.

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

  • Port Hope [Huron County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Port Hope
    • Port Hope [Huron County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the southeast of Port Hope
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 393 people
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 248 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Port Hope had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Port Hope
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Port Hope<2>
  • Redman [Huron County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Redman
    • Redman [Huron County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the west of Port Hope
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 15 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Redman had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Redman
  • Rapson [Huron County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rapson
    • Rapson [Huron County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the southwest of Port Hope
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 32 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Rapson had a post office and no railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rapson
  • Helena [Huron County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Helena
    • Helena [Huron County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<1> to the south of Port Hope
    • From the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, Helena had a post office and railroad service
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Helena have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Helena
  • Grindstone City [Huron County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grindstone City
    • Grindstone City [Huron County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the northwest of Port Hope
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 462 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Grindstone City had a post office and no railroad service
    • Grindstone City has also been known as:
    • Grind Stone City
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Grindstone City
  • Filion [Huron County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Filion
    • Filion [Huron County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the west of Port Hope
    • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 42 people
    • From the 1895 Atlas, Filion had a post office and railroad service
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Filion
  • Continue List ...
    • Kinde [Huron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kinde
      • Kinde [Huron County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<1> to the west of Port Hope
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 112 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 411 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Kinde had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kinde
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Kinde<2>
    • Ruth [Huron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ruth
      • Ruth [Huron County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the south of Port Hope
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 100 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Ruth had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ruth have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ruth
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ruth<2>
    • Port Austin [Huron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Port Austin
      • Port Austin [Huron County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<1> to the northwest of Port Hope
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 571 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 615 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Port Austin had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Port Austin have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Port Austin
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Port Austin<2>
    • Parisville [Huron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Parisville
      • Parisville [Huron County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the south of Port Hope
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 100 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Parisville had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Parisville have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Parisville
    • White Rock [Huron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for White Rock
      • White Rock [Huron County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the south of Port Hope
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 55 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, White Rock had a post office and no railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on White Rock
    • Bad Axe [Huron County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bad Axe
      • Bad Axe [Huron County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the southwest of Port Hope
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 842 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,889 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Bad Axe had a post office and railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Bad Axe have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bad Axe
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bad Axe<2>
    • Port Crescent [Huron County] - Historic
      • While Port Crescent was mentioned in the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, it no longer exists
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Port Crescent
      • Port Crescent [Huron County] was located 17 miles [27.4 km]<1> to the west of Port Hope
      • According to the 1895 Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 350 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Port Crescent had a post office and no railroad service
    • Minden City [Sanilac County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Minden City
      • Minden City [Sanilac County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<1> to the south of Port Hope
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 394 people
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 180 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Minden City had a post office and railroad service
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Minden City
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Minden City<2>
    • Charleston [Sanilac County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Charleston
      • Charleston [Sanilac County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<1> to the south of Port Hope
      • According to the 1895 Rand McNally Atlas, the estimated population in 1895: 45 people
      • From the 1895 Atlas, Charleston had a post office and no railroad service
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Charleston have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Charleston

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

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Port Hope ...

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

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
Written by: Meints, Graydon M.
Published by Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University - 1987
(Available from Amazon.com)

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895)
Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Note for Port Hope:
Services available in 1895: no Railroad mentioned

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

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

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Michigan

About Huron County

About Michigan

Off-the-Road Links ...

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

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

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Port Hope) 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 Port Hope. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Port HopeOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Port Hope. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 43.9411, Longitude: -82.7126    
<2>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<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>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.
<5>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.
<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 Port Hope, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.






















 

 

 

 

 


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