Thursday, January 31, 2008

Livingston County, MI- History

Livingston county was formed in 1833 out of the counties of Washtenaw and Shiawassee. The land had originally been set aside as military land, but due to the swampy nature of the land surveyed they did not get many takers. As the land became more explored the hilly and grassy areas were discovered. The amount of people coming to this area increased dramatically.

The county was named after Edward Livingston who had been Secretary of State under President Jackson. The area was also a major route between Detroit and Lansing. The trail is known as Grand River avenue and had been a major Indian trail prior to the white man settling the area. One of the results of the trail was the creation of the City of Howell.

Tomorrow I will start covering birth records in the county. Have a great day.