Local History Research

You can research the history of your home and the people who lived there at these locations!


St Clair County Library

210 McMorran Blvd.

(810) 987-7323

Some materials are available on the main floor

Some materials are available only in the Michigan Room (basement)

Michigan Room Hours (expanded!)

            Monday 9 – 4:30 and 5:30 – 8:30

            Tuesday thru Friday 9 – 4:30

            Saturday 9 – 12 and 1 – 4:30

City Directories 1871 to present  (addresses, individuals, occupations) 1 2

Newspapers on microfilm with name indexes in books

Cemetery Records

Civil record indexes on microfilm (death, marriage, birth)


Census, Federal and State

Sanborn Insurance Maps (1887, 1892, 1898, 1903, 1911, 1929, etc) – building outlines

Biographic Memoirs of St Clair County, MI  (Bowen, 1903)

Buildings of Michigan  (Eckert, 1993)

Map of the Counties of Macomb and St Clair, MI  (Geil, 1859)

Newspaper clippings of individuals, churches, etc

St. Clair County, MI  (Jenks, 1912)

Birds Eye View Map of Port Huron (Ruger, 1867)

Birds Eye View Map of Port Huron(Pauli, 1894)



Main Street Welcome Center

223 Huron Avenue

(810) 985-8843

City Directories (about 1900 forward, older ones at library)

Many books on architecture



Port Huron Museum

1115 6th Street

(810) 982-0891

Much archived material.


State Archives, Michigan History Division, Lansing MI

Property tax records, 1859 forward

Must know legal description (Plat name, block #, lot #).  Original ledgers arranged by precinct, contain property owner and property valuation.  Compare the valuation of your property with surrounding properties or lots.  Dramatic changes in valuation (when neighboring properties did not change) strongly suggest when a house was built, when a house was destroyed, or when a second house replaced an original house.