My name is Jim Hendee and I live in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
My 2nd cousin, Lee Hendee had a vast fascination with the Hendee name and the genealogy of Hendees.It was his life's work to research the Hendee name.
Lee is the one who was responsible for inviting people to the now (sort of) famous Hendee reunions back in the 1960s.Lee passed away in 1970.
When Lee passed away, his family donated all of Lee's genealogical field notes to the state library of Michigan in Lansing, Michigan.This research included a 1,300+ page hand-typed (prior to computers and word processors) Hendee family tree.The family tree cousin Lee constructed dated back to the 1600s.
All ten boxes of field notes and the entire 1,300+ page family tree were put to microfilm by the staff at the state library.I personally viewed these items at the library on Kalamazoo Avenue in Lansing in 2003.They are in the archives section in a department of the library that deals with genealogy and family history.There are four microfilms in all.One being a microfilm containing all 1,300+ pages of the family tree.
In Lee's field notes there are also pictures, letters, and many other items that Lee was going to use if he could have published a book on the Hendee name.
I learned through one of Lee's next of kin that he (supposedly) did finish a rough draft of this book, but before he died, he was never able to come up with the money to have it published.
So, Lee sent the one and only copy of this book to the LDS church (Mormons) in Salt Lake City, Utah.The Mormons have for a long time been keepers of genealogical items, and I assume cousin Lee thought the book would be in good hands and in safe keeping if he were to send it there.
I have a relative that has recently contacted me and has told me she has been able to view this book.Her daughter is a Mormon, and for $5 the LDS folks sent a copy of the microfilm to a nearby regional LDS library where she can go and view the microfilm.
This is a book I have not seen personally, but she did mention it was around 1,300 or 1,400 pages.I do not know if this "book" contains any pictures or letters, etc.I have an idea that it might be another copy of the 1,300+ page Hendee family tree that is on file on microfilm at the state of Michigan library.
If you do want to do research on the microfilms at the state of Michigan library, please remember one thing.There is a major university in East Lansing called "Michigan State University."When I was first on the track of these documents I had been told they were first at the "Michigan State Library" and the people I had talked to at the time had told me they menat on campus, at the university.
This is not the case.The state of Michigan library is in no way associated with the university.State of Michigan and Michigan State were at that time being confused.
For those interested in continuing their research pertaining to Lee's rather exhaustive study on the Hendee name, here is a link to the contact information for the state of Michigan library:
On this web page, it is now being called "The Library of Michigan"
On that link, you will find the hours of operation, street address, and phone number(s) for the library.
I wish you all the best in your discoveries toward out very rich and historical family name.
We have existed in this land for some 12+ generations and for near to 400 years.We are, as Hendees one of the most American names to enhabit North America.From my research, a man named Richard Hendee settled alongside other pilgrims at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts (like the folks who came over on the mayflower) and Hendees are buried in that very pilgrim graveyard.
In Lee's family tree at the state of Michigan library I saw the connection between the Hendee name and the (Miles) Standish name (the captain of the Mayflower), there was a marriage a few generations down the tree that mated a Hendee to a Standish.
It is a fascinating study, worthy of your time and efforts to enjoy.