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Genealogy & Local History

Research your family's genealogy or the local history of the Chesaning area.
  • Local Yearbooks and Newspapers
  • Mt. Calvary & Resurrection Cemeteries' Indexes
  • Wildwood Cemetery Index

    Maps and burial records for Wildwood Cemetery in Chesaning Township, Michigan.

  • Wildwood Cemetery

    Introduction and Explanation This “Cemetery Index” was produced for the benefit of the Chesaning Township Government, owners of the “Wildwood Cemetery”, and to assist the Genealogical community in their search for their roots. It is the understanding of this compiler that at various times in the past, the Township Burial Records for this cemetery have been lost and reconstructed as best they could from memory. This has resulted in problems in knowing who all the residents are and exactly where they are located. The contents of this index are an attempt to more accurately reconstruct the lost data. It consists of transcribing the existing Township Sexton’s Burial Records, the newer Township computerized Burial Records, the 1982 cemetery readings done by the Saginaw Genealogical Society and the contents of the River Rapids District Library’s Family Genealogical files. The compiler has not attempted to verify the existence of markers, but did check the spelling of some names by actual tombstone reading. Wildwood Cemetery is laid out in five (5) distinct sections and some include unique features that need to be addressed to make this Index of value to both the Township and to the Genealogist searching for their ancestor. (Refer to the Wildwood Cemetery Maps enclosed.) The oldest part of Wildwood is located on the East (left) side of Sharon Rd. and is identified as the South, Center, and East sections. This portion of the cemetery is pretty much straight forward with the Lots numbered in a consecutive pattern. Letters were applied to the rows on the map of these sections to aid in locating the desired gravesites. The part of Wildwood where the Mausoleum is located is identified on the map as the West Section. This portion of Wildwood is unique because of the numbering system that was used and care should be taken here since there are as many as four (4) lots with the same number within this section alone. Again, an identifying row letter was applied to the map as an aid and is used in the index. The row letters must be used in this section to locate the proper lots. The newest part of Wildwood is the North (Memorial) Sections and it is located on the North (right) side of Ferden Rd. This part of the cemetery is also unique in that it is subdivided into three (3) subsections. Each of these subsections has Lots starting with #1. Indexing of this section will show the North Section and a subsection number. (Example: North – 3). No row letters were used here because of the irregular layouts of the graves in sections #1 and #2. At the time that this Index was completed, there were 35 individuals appearing in the Library’s Genealogical Files as being buried in Wildwood Cemetery that had not been located. These individuals can be identified by the lack of Section, Row, and Lot information and the inclusion of “Gen. File”. It is the hope of the compiler that all of these individuals will be located in the near future. The page numbers shown in the Index are for the Sexton’s Book and are only shown for the use of the Township Government. This index may contain errors in spelling and may not include the burial location of a loved one. Please notify the Chesaning Township Clerk’s Office or the Director of the River Rapids District Library of any errors that may exist in the text. This Index is believed accurate as of 31 March 2009. Doyle Smith – Compiler Note: If you would like to purchase a copy of this index, please contact the River Rapids District Library at (989) 845-3211.

  • File PDF document Chesaning Civil War Soldiers

    A list of Chesaning area residents that served in the Civil War.

  • File PDF document Death Certificates - Walker-Martin Funeral Home 1916-1947

    This file contains a list of the death certificates that the library holds copies of in its collection. These were generously provided to us by Walker-Martin Funeral Home. The decedents passed away between 1916 & 1947.

  • File PDF document Local History Vertical File Subject Headings

    This file lists the subject headings in our local history vertical files.

  • File PDF document Family History Name Files

    This is a list of the family names that we keep files on here at the library. Items included in the file may include: birth notices, wedding announcements, obituaries, pictures, family history sheets, genealogical charts, local newspaper announcements, correspondence or other ephemera. You are welcome to come browse the family files any time we are open. You can also obtain the information in a specific file by contacting the library.

  • Argus-Press Obituary Archive

    This archive includes obituaries from The Argus-Press from 1979 - 2009.

  • Genealogy Resources

    Great web resources for genealogical records.

  • Files
  • Oral Histories
  • Oral History Transcripts