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Trenton, Michigan is located approximately 25 miles south of Detroit on the Detroit River. The Downriver community of Trenton was founded in 1834, under the name Truaxton. In 1850, a new plat was recorded under the name of Trenton.  It was again incorporated on February 10, 1855. In 1929, a portion of Monguagon Township, called Sibley, was annexed to give Trenton it's present size. In 1957, Trenton became a city. Trenton sits to the west of Grosse Ile, to which it is connected by a toll bridge on the north end and a free bridge at the south end.

In 1986 a group of Trenton residents realized there was a need to preserve Trenton's history.  In 1987, the Trenton Historical Society was incorporated as a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization dedicated to the acquisition and preservation of Trenton artifacts and history.

In partnership with the society is the Trenton Historical Commission, a city advisory commission which collects, develops and compiles historical data and information concerning the origin and development of the Trenton area, as well as over-seeing maintenance and tours of the Trenton Historical Museum. You can read more about them and the Trenton museum here.

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Trenton Founder, Pioneer & Settler Family Certificate
In 2009 Trenton, Michigan celebrated the 175th anniversary of its platting in 1834. In honor of that occasion, the Trenton Historical Society is proud to offer three distinctive commemorative certificates to descendants of families who were in Trenton between 1834 and 1957. To apply, please download our application form.  We are still accepting applications for these certificates which will be issued and mailed back to the descendents.  We welcome all who wish to help us preserve our history.

Hosecart ImageTrenton Fire Department History

To celebrate of the 80th anniversary of the Trenton Fire Department, the Historical Society is pleased to offer the Fire Department's history online.

Sanborn MapsTrenton Historic Maps Collection

We are proud to present our newest online collection, historical maps of Trenton and Monguagon Township.
This includes a color set of 1922 Sanborn™ Maps, and some assorted maps of subdivision development of
the area, a must see!

Bloomdale SignTry our new Bloomdale Cemetery Database!

The Bloomdale Cemetery database is a comprehensive listing of all burials and interment records for Bloomdale Cemetery. This database encompasses information from the City of Trenton records, headstone transcriptions, and original images of the entire cemetery.

Read more about the Bloomdale Project.

The Trenton MuseumVisit the Trenton Museum Online!

The Trenton Museum is temporarily closed for building renovation.

The Trenton Museum (also known as the Moore home) is now online, feel free to pay us a visit and check out our virtual tour!

The Trenton Museum is operated by the Trenton Historical Commission, you can read more about them here.

Visit Us at Trenton Veterans Memorial Library

Trenton Veterans Memorial LibraryThe archives of the Trenton Historical Society is located in Room 1522 of Trenton High School and we also have a few collections in the local history room at the Trenton Veterans Memorial Library.

Our archives at Trenton High School are open every Tuesday from 9:30 am until noon. Other times may be made available upon request.

On the 1st Tuesday and the 4th Saturday of each month the Trenton Historical Society is available in the Local History Room of the Trenton Veterans Memorial Library to assist with genealogical research. 

The Library is located at 2790 Westfield Road (corner of West Road).  

The hours for the 1st Tuesday are 6:00 until 7:30 pm.  The hours for the 4th Saturday are 1:00 until 3:00 pm.

Upcoming Events


Genealogy assistance
is available for anyone needing help and
is held in the
Local History Room
at the
Trenton Veterans Memorial Library at
2790 Westfield at the corner of West Road,
on the
1st Tuesday of
each month from
6:00 to 7:30 pm and
the 4th Saturday of
each month from
1:00 to 3:00 pm. 

Come and join us.

The library has Ancestry Library Edition on their computers for your use.


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