Pearls In Our Past - Hartford MI A Pictorial History of Hartford Michigan

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Early History of Hartford
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Recollections of A Busy Life
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History of Berrien & Van
Buren Co’s, Michigan –
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Obituary Index

    Hartford Michigan

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     Please email the webmaster if you have obituaries of people who have lived in Hartford Michigan, or was active in the Hartford community, at some time during their lives.
To find a specific obituary, use the
 Search Our Site  feature located on the left menu of every page.  This page was started January 30, 2008 and current obituaries will be
posted as they become available.  Obituaries are from the local newspapers, unless otherwise noted.  If you have an obituary notice (or learn of the passing away of someone
who lived in Hartford at one time) of a former Hartford resident from a newspaper outside of the Hartford area, please send it.  Past obituaries will be added as time permits. 
Death notices are also posted in the HHS graduate database.

Note:  if you have a good or different photo to insert with present or past obituaries for the History of Hartford website and email newsletters, please click here to email them unedited directly to the webmaster.  If you don’t have a scanner, send photo by US Mail to Emma Thornburg Sefcik, 59320 62nd St., Hartford MI  49057.
     Many requests are made for obituary notices and this is a good genealogical resource, as well as providing obits to extended family members who may not have an original.  Searching for obituaries from previous years (mainly prior to 2003) requires a good deal of time. 
If you have found this to be a valuable resource and would like to be a sponsor toward keeping the obituaries page updated, send donations to History of Hartford Obituaries, Emma Sefcik, 59320 62nd St, Hartford MI  49057.  Since the History of Hartford website is a voluntary effort, your contribution is much appreciated.

Email the webmaster with any correction of obvious errors that may have occurred in the original newspaper obit.

Obtaining obituary information from local libraries
Stephanie Daniels, Librarian
Hartford Public Library
15 Franklin St
Hartford MI 49057
(269) 621-3408

Click here to send Stephanie Daniels an email with your request or questions.
The Hartford Public Library has a new microfilm reader-printer and the film of the Day Spring newspapers is again accessible to the public.

We do process obit requests for anyone free of charge.

No list is available on-line; call or email the library for your request.

Pam Pender, Local History
Van Buren District Library
200 N. Phelps St
Decatur MI 49045
(269) 423-4771

Click here to email Pam Pender for more information about submissions or general questions about the obituary database.

Southwest Michigan Obituary Index

This obituary index is a work in progress and contains over 80,000 entries dating from Southwest Michigan’s earliest history through the year 2000, including Hartford.
We have been placing the index to them online at, numbering over 80,000 at present and we have a long way to go. Researchers seeking Hartford obituaries can check this index or if they don’t find what they are seeking, we have the complete collection of the Hartford newspaper on microfilm.

To order a copy of the obituary from the collection, please send $3.00 for each item by check, cash or money order and a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

VBRGS, P.O. Box 143, Decatur, MI 49045

Note: This is only an indexed list of available obituaries and does not have the actual obituaries on-line, but can be ordered as noted above.


Information for this web site was gathered from personal interviews, newspaper articles, scrapbooks, personal photo albums, and other documented materials – many available to the public
at the Hartford Public Library or Van Buren County Historical Museum. Please report any typographical errors, updated information, or incorrectly stated information to the
webmaster for correction. Reprinting for personal and instructional purposes is permitted, however, unauthorized commercial reprinting of this information or unauthorized linking to photos-pictures on this site is strictly prohibited without written permission from the webmaster.

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A Pictorial History of Hartford, Michigan
Emma Thornburg Sefcik,
Competent Secretarial Service
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Revised: January 04, 2016