1817 Early Survey of Oakland County

In 1815, the Surveyor General of the United States was a man named Edward Tiffin, the former governor of Ohio. In that year, he ordered a survey of the Michigan Territory at the request of Congress, who were granting bounty lands to the veterans of the War of 1812. This survey wasn’t completed – the survey crews reported that the territory was an “interminable swamp” and not fit for agriculture

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Lillian Drake Avery Research Cards – Index to Cemeteries

  Lillian Drake Avery Research Cards – Index to Cemeteries Mrs. Avery used abbreviations for cemetery names, some of which have changed over time. Check this list if you see an unfamiliar cemetery name in the research cards.   A.H.C. = Auburn Heights Cemetery = Aaron Webster/Amy Cemetery, Squirrel Road, Auburn Hills Birmingham Cem. = Greenwood Cemetery, Oak Street, Birmingham Baldwin Cemetery = Paint Creek Cemetery,  Orion Road, Oakland Township

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Lillian Drake Avery Research Card Collection – Key to Abbreviations

  Lillian Drake Avery Research Card Collection – Key to Abbreviations   Lillian Drake Avery was a machine. A research machine. She put some serious horsepower into the indexing and cataloging of the OCPHS library and collection over a long number of years. We are to this day very grateful for her contributions to the society and to her efforts to record and preserve Oakland County’s history (and getting women

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