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Local History/Genealogy


DeWitt District Library Local History Room

  The DeWitt District Library local history room is available during regular library hours.  Most material is available on shelves.  Our staff does not do research, but will assist you while you are in the library.  The library does, however, have a cooperative agreement with the Clinton County Historical Society Genealogists.  They will do research for you for a fee.  You can email requests to


DeWitt Area Research

Birth, Marriage, Death and Cemetery Records

Biographical and Newspaper

  • DeWitt People - a scrapbook of newspaper clippings available at the library
            A-D Index
            E-L Index
            M-R Index
            S-Z Index

  • Audio Recordings Interviews from 1970's-1980's

  • Family histories  Index to histories available at the library

  • Family Group Sheets  Via Michigan GenWeb

  • Newspapers -- The DeWitt District Library has microfilm of the following local newspapers:
         DeWitt-Bath Review (1980-present).  The library also holds some paper copies.
         DeWitt Weekly Advertiser (1950-1969; some missing issues)
         Clinton Republican (1863-1924)
         Clinton Independent (1866-1906)
         St. Johns News (1892-1923)
         Clinton County Republican-News (1924-1950)
         Misc. Dewitt and Clinton County issues (microfilm and paper)

  • World War II Scrapbook - Index to scrapbook

Census and Military Records

Church and School Records

  • DeWitt District Library has the following church records: DeWitt Congregational Church (1840's-1860's); DeWitt Baptist Church (photocopies, 1840's-1900); DeWitt Methodist Church (1860's-1960's)

  • Clinton County School Yearbooks

  • Sheridan Road School Yearbooks

  • Dewitt District Library has the following school records: DeWitt Public Schools (mostly 1900-1950); DeWitt Schools Yearbook Collection; Allen School (1930's-1940's); Brown School (1860's-1950's); Simmons' School (some early essays and teacher rosters)

Family History Sites

Historical Societies

Local History

Local Businesses and Organizations

  • DeWitt Public Library has business records for: Woodruff Brothers Bank

  • DeWitt Public Library has organization records for: George Anderson Camp - Grand Army of the Republic; DeWitt Women's Club; DeWitt Civic Club; DeWitt Mother's Club; DeWitt Memorial Association; DeWitt PTA; DeWitt Royal Neighbors/Modern Woodmen (insurance policy holders)



  • Dewitt Area Photograph Collection -- With well over 1,000 vintage images, the ever-growing Dewitt Public Library photography collection is perhaps the best documentation of this rapidly changing community.  Indexed photocopies of nearly all our photographs are available for public viewing.  Original photographs and negatives are housed in coded acid-free folders and stored in archival boxes.  These are available for use to researchers within the local history room upon request.  

Links to Genealogy Websites