2001 News Article

26 Feb 2001 - MICHIGAN

"NIS staff used the Michigan 1870 Census Index to build the files of names as they created the application," said David Lamb, who heads up the software development team. "Along with the names we also entered information about township, county, census roll number, and census page/roll." Lamb added that the application debuted in 1999 and was well received by the library community. In June 2000 NIS began to digitize the images of the actual census documents from microfilm. This part of the project was completed in September 2000. After an initial indexing process, the new and improved 1870 Michigan Census made its public debut on October 1, 2000.
 
This unique resource is the first of its kind to be developed by a state library. It provides an index of 436,000 names that are cross-referenced to 36,000 census documents. The service is free of charge for all users. Since the Michigan 1870 Census records have become accessible via the Internet, over 108,000 people have used the application, downloading 299,000 census pages.
 
Many Sterlings who came to Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio were involved in the coal industry, and are from Scots-Irish Heritage. If your families are from this area, this is a must-visit website. The main page for the site is located at
http://envoy.libofmich.lib.mi.us/1870_census/  
 
A Query of The Surnames STIRLING and STERLING gives the following Links to the actual census pages -
 

STERLING'S IN MICHIGAN 1870 CENSUS
 
SURNAME = "STIRLING"

LastName First Name County            Township          Roll     Page
Stirling David      Eaton             Eaton Rapids Vil. 670      228
Stirling James      Eaton             Eaton Rapids Vil. 670      220R
Stirling Sibbil     Allegan           Dorr              660      100R
Stirling W J        Bay               Bangor            662      342
Stirling William    Bay               Aranac            662      324
Stirling William    Eaton             Eaton Rapids Vil. 670      228

SURNAME "STERLING"

LastName First Name County            Township          Roll     Page
Sterling A J        Marquette         Negaunee Village  689      431
Sterling Achilas    Detroit, City Of  Detroit Ward 9    714-715  292R
Sterling Adolphus   Saint Clair       St. Clair         698-699  418
Sterling Archibald  Detroit, City Of  Detroit Ward 9    714-715  261R
Sterling Azariah W  Macomb            Washington        688      165
Sterling Benjamin   Saint Clair       Algonac, Vill. of 698-699  104
Sterling Caroline   Saint Clair       Port Huron        698-699  303
Sterling Charlotte  Ionia             Portland          676      639
Sterling Chester    Saint Joseph      Lockport          700      163R
Sterling Collins    Berrien           Niles Ward 3      663-664  315R

LastName First Name County            Township          Roll     Page
Sterling Daniel     Kent              Lowell            681-682  444R
Sterling Emily      Detroit, City Of  Detroit Ward 3    712-713  88
Sterling Esther     Saint Joseph      Three Rivers Vil. 700      199
Sterling Freind     Detroit, City Of  Detroit Ward 9    714-715  350
Sterling George     Calhoun           Penfield          666-667  782
Sterling H M        Berrien           Niles Ward 3      663-664  308R
Sterling Herman     Washtenaw         Manchester        707-708  226
Sterling Jacob      Allegan           Dorr              660      101
Sterling James      Detroit, City Of  Detroit Ward 3    712-713  87
Sterling James      Ionia             Portland          676      639

LastName First Name County            Township          Roll     Page
Sterling James      Saint Clair       Lynn              698-699  281R
Sterling James B    Mecosta           Fork              690      51
Sterling James G    Allegan           Watson            660      398R
Sterling James T    Wayne             Monguagon         709-710  243
Sterling Jerome     Ionia             Portland Vill.    676      649
Sterling Jesse      Detroit, City Of  Detroit Ward 9    714-715  300
Sterling John       Allegan           Monterey          660      265R
Sterling John       Berrien           Benton            663-664  75
Sterling John       Detroit, City Of  Detroit Ward 1    712-713  24
Sterling John       Kalamazoo         Kalamazoo Vill.   680      205R

LastName First Name County            Township          Roll     Page
Sterling John D     Wayne             Van Buren         709-710  473R
Sterling John H     Wayne             Canton            709-710  28R
Sterling Joseph     Kent              Lowell            681-682  445
Sterling Joseph M   Monroe            Monroe Ward 1     691      423R
Sterling Lawrence H Washtenaw         Ypsilanti Ward 2  707-708  492R
Sterling Leander    Wayne             Canton            709-710  28
Sterling Leroy H    Muskegon          Norton            692      334R
Sterling Lewis      Oceana            Golden            696      669R
Sterling Louis      Mason             Pere Marquette    689      475
Sterling Mary       Bay               Bangor            662      335

LastName First Name County            Township          Roll     Page
Sterling Mary       Detroit, City Of  Detroit Ward 9    714-715  210
Sterling Murdeth    Kent              Grand Rapids      681-682  197R
Sterling Oliver     Saint Clair       Port Huron        698-699  306
Sterling Peter      Allegan           Monterey          660      265R
Sterling S L        Saint Joseph      Lockport          700      173R
Sterling Sarah A    Wayne             Van Buren         709-710  460R
Sterling Sarah E    Manistee          Manistee 2 Ward   689      199R
Sterling Solon      Saginaw           Chesaning Vill.   701-702  105R
Sterling Susan      Wayne             Dearborn          709-710  53
Sterling Thomas     Saint Clair       Port Huron        698-699  305

LastName First Name County            Township          Roll     Page
Sterling Thomas     Wayne             Wyandotte Ward2   709-710  497R
Sterling W D        Berrien           Niles Ward 2      663-664  292R
Sterling Walter     Newaygo           Sherman           693      98R
Sterling William    Calhoun           Battle Creek Wrd1 666-667  406R
Sterling William    Lapeer            Deerfield         684      88
Sterling William    Oakland           Pontiac           694-695  429
Sterling William    Saginaw           Birch Run         701-702  10R
Sterling William    Wayne             Van Buren         709-710  467
Sterling Wm         Bay               Bangor            662      335
Sterling Wm         Livingston        Howell            687      144R

LastName First Name County            Township          Roll     Page
Sterling Wm H       Saint Clair       Port Huron Ward 3 698-699  361R