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Canton Township Genealogy Sources

Canton Township is 175 years old this year. Formerly known as the "Sweet Corn Capital of Michigan", Canton has moved from a rural community to a bustling surburban township. Whether you are a genealogist looking for relatives or just interested in local history, the library has several books about the history of Canton. Cornerstones: a History of Canton Township Families by Diane Follmer Wilson is a great source for the earliest settlers of the township. Canton Township Agricultural Survey has photos and histories of many of Canton's earliest farms and homes. Additonally, the library has cemetery records from some of Canton's oldest cemeteries.

Explore Canton's History

Interested in your community or state's history? The Canton Historical Society is having a general meeting tonight, with featured speaker Jennifer Huff. The topic is the school district busing plan that was to affect metro Detroit in the early 1970s, and while you're at the museum you can check out the quilting exhibit. For more information, visit the Historical Society's events page on their website. Before the meeting, stop by the library to find more information about race relations in Detroit or other metropolitan busing proposals. You can also check out materials on Canton's history.

Cool New Book Alert

Our copies of Salem High School's Footsteps in History have arrived! Written by students in Darrin Silvester's Michigan History Class, the book tells a fascinating story inspired by the Shearer Cemetery in Plymouth. Dedicated to the children of the Plymouth-Canton community, this is a wonderful story to share with elementary-aged children. Look for the book in the New Book section behind the Children's reference desk.