Welcome to Oakland County, Michigan
History & Genealogy
History

 

Organized in 1820; named for the beautiful oak openings throughout the area.  The southern section of the county was settled in the 1820's and the northern in the 1830's.  When an exploring expedition from Detroit, in 1818, paused to rest under a huge oak tree, Governor Lewis Cass is said to have recalled the story of the Royal Oak in Scotland under which pretender to the throne hid to escape pursuers, and that is how the name Royal Oak received it's name.  The county seat is Pontiac.

 

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