I know that my great-grandfather's first son was born on 2/14/1875 in Manistee according to his death record. I have been unable, however, to locate any information documenting his birth in Manistee. I've written to the Manistee Co.Clerk and enclosed the required funds but they stated that they found nothing. Would anyone who is more familiar with the state of Michigan or maybe even Manistee itself be able to offer me more suggestions? I live out of state, quite a long way from Manistee so anything that can be done via email or computer search would be best. I was hoping that John M Bonk (or Bak) birth record would help fill in some blanks regarding my great-grandparents. For some reason I didn't put alot of faith in the Manistee Co Clerk's office search either.