Bay county

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This entry was originally written by Arleigh P. Helfer, Jr. and Carol L. Maki for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

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Records at the county level are the responsibility of different offices. The office of the county clerk has birth, death, and marriage records. The register of deeds has land records, and the office of the probate judge has probate files. Circuit court offices or office of the county clerk: circuit court records.

Callard’s Sourcebook... (see Background Sources for Michigan) provides a bibliography of relevant titles for each of the eighty-three Michigan counties. It is available for $6 from the Department of Management and Budget, Office Services Division Publications, State Secondary Complex, 7481 Crowner Dr., P.O. Box 30026, Lansing, MI 48909.

For some counties on the chart, there are two years listed for “Date Formed.” The first is the year the county was created, the second is the year it was fully organized, if it differs from the creation year. Under the heading “Parent County/ies,” the name/s listed may be the county or counties from which the respective county was formed, or it may be names by which the county was originally known. “Unorganized” denotes that it was formed from non-county lands. A county name in parentheses is the county to which the unorganized land may have been attached at that time. An asterisk (*) under “Parent County” indicates those locations in which you may also find records for the listed county. The * county may have been “attached” to the listed county for some period of time. The date listed for each category of record is the earliest record known to exist in that county. It does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and certainly does not indicate that all such events that year were actually registered.

Callard (1987) and McGinnis (1987), described in Background Sources, and more recent online resources, were used for the following guide to county information.

Each county has its own policies regarding the number of genealogists allowed to conduct research concurrently and whether or not children are permitted in the records area. It would be wise to check these rules with the county office in advance of an on-site visit.

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Map County County Address Date Formed Parent County(ies) Birth Marriage Death Land Probate Court
Aischum 1840 (renamed Lake, 1843) Mackinac/*Ottawa
F7 Alcona 106 5th St., P.O. Box 308 1840 (1869) (as Negwegon; renamed 1843) *Mackinac/ *Alpena/ *Cheboygan/ *Iosco 1869 1869 1869 1869 1869 1872
C4 Alger 101 Court St., Munising 49862-1103 1885 Schoolcraft 1884 1887 1884 1884 1889 1885
J5 Allegan 113 Chestnut St., Allegan 49010-1332 1831 (1835) Barry/unorganized 1867 1836 1867 1835 1839 1837
E7 Alpena 720 W. Chisholm St., Alpena 49707-2453 1840 (1857) (as Anamickee; renamed 1843) Mackinac/*Cheboygan 1869 1871 1871 1858 1858 1871
Anamickee 1840 (renamed Alpena, 1843) Mackinac/unorganized (Saginaw)
E5 Antrim 208 E. Cayuga St., P.O. Box 520, Bellaire 49615-0520 1840 (1863) (as Meegisee; renamed 1843) Mackinac *Grand Traverse 1866 1866 1867 1867 1863 1867
G7 Arenac 120 N. Grove St., Standish 48658-0747 1831 (1883) unorganized land *Saginaw 1883 1883 1883 1882 1883 1883
Arenac was eliminated in 1857 and recreated 1883 from Bay County.
B2 Baraga 16 N. Third St., L’Anse 49946-1002 1875 Houghton 1875 1875 1875 1875 1876 1875
J5 Barry 220 W. State St., Hastings 49058-1849 1829 (1839) unorganized land *St. Joseph/*Kalamazoo 1867 1839 1867 1834 1862 1850
G7 Bay 515 Center Ave., Bay City 48708-5125 1857 Midland/Saginaw/Arenac 1867 1867 1867 1835? 1857 1883
F4 Benzie 448 Court Place, P.O. Box 398, Beulah 49617-0398 1863 (1869) Leelanau *Grand Traverse 1868 1869 1868 1854 1870 1869
K4 Berrien 811 Port St. (Mail) or 701 Main St. (Walk-in), St. Joseph 49085-1183 1829 (1831) unorganized land *Cass 1867 1831 1867 1831 1834 1833
Bleeker 1861 (renamed Menominee, 1863) unorganized
K6 Branch 31 Division St., Coldwater 49036-1904 1829 (1833) unorganized * St. Joseph 1867 1833 1867 1833 1833 1833
Brown 1818 unorganized land
Became part of Wisconsin Territory in 1836; now Wisconsin.
J6 Calhoun 315 W. Green St., Marshall 49068-1518 1829 (1833) unorganized *St. Joseph/ *Kalamazoo 1867 1833 1867 1833 1835 1867
K5 Cass 120 N. Broadway, P.O. Box 355, Cassopolis 49031-1302 1829 (1829) unorganized 1867 1830 1867 1829 1829 1831
Charlevoix (old) 1840 (as Keskkauko; renamed 1843; became part of Emmet, 1853)
E6 Charlevoix (present) 203 Antrim St., Charlevoix 49720-1368 1869 Antrim/Emmet/Otsego 1868 1868 1868 1869 1881 1869
D6 Cheboygan 870 S. Main St. , P.O. Box 70, Cheboygan 49721-0070 1840 (1853) Mackinac 1867 1867 1867 1854 1854 1854
Cheonoquet 1840 (renamed Montmorency, 1843) Mackinac/unorganized
C6 Chippewa 319 Court St., Sault Ste. Marie 49783-2183 1826 Michilimackinac 1869 1827 1869 1826 1828 1860?
G6 Clare 225 W. Main St., P.O. Box 438, Harrison 48625-8336 1840 (1871) (as Kayakee; renamed 1843) Mackinac *Midland/*Isabella/*Mecosta 1871 1871 1871 1865 1872 1871
H6 Clinton 100 E. State St., P.O. Box 69, St. Johns 48879-1582 1831 (1839) unorganized land *Kent 1867 1839 1867 1837 1840 1860?
Crawford 1818 (Michigan Territory) unorganized land
Became part of Wisconsin Territory in 1836; now Wisconsin.
F6 Crawford 200 W. Michigan Ave., Grayling 49738-1746 1840 (1879) (as Shawono; renamed 1843) Mackinac *Cheboygan/ *Iosco/ *Antrim/ *Kalkasa 1873 1873 1873 1863 1881 1881
D4 Delta 310 Ludington St., Escanaba 49829-4057 1843 (1861) Mackinac/unorganized land 1867 1867 1867 1843 1843 1843
Des Moines 1834 unorganized
Became part of Wisconsin Territory in 1836; now Iowa.
C3 Dickinson 705 S. Stephenson Ave., P.O. Box 609, Iron Mountain 49801 1891 Iron/Marquette/Menominee 1891 1891 1891 1891 1891 1891
Dubuque 1834 unorganized
Became part of Wisconsin Territory in 1836; now Iowa.
J6 Eaton 1045 Independence Blvd., Charlotte 48813-1033 1837 unorganized *Kalamazoo/*St. Joseph 1867 1838 1867 1835 1835 1832
D6 Emmet 200 Division St., Petoskey 49770-2486 1840 (1853) (as Tonedagana; renamed 1843) Mackinac 1867 1867 1867 1853 1867 1867
Forest 1913 (abolished) Cheboygan/Presque Isle
H7 Genesee 900 S. Saginaw St., Flint 48502-1428 1835 (1836) Lapeer/Saginaw/Shiawassee *Oakland 1867 1867 1867 1819 1836 1835
G6 Gladwin 401 West Cedar Ave., Gladwin 48624-2058 1831 (1875) unorganized *Saginaw/*Midland 1875 1875 1875 1886 1889 1880
C1 Gogebic 200 N. Moore St., Bessemer 49911-1052 1881 Ontonagon 1887 1887 1887 1887 1887 1887
E5 Grand Traverse 400 Boardman Ave., Traverse City 49684-2542 1851 Omeena 1856 1853 1867 1853 1875 1882
H6 Gratiot 214 E. Center St., Ithaca 48847-0437 1831 (1855) unorganized *Saginaw/*Clinton 1867 1867 1867 1847 1867 1867
K6 Hillsdale 29 N. Howell St., Hillsdale 49242 1829 (1835) unorganized *Lenawee 1867 1835 1867 1835 1835 1846
B2 Houghton 401 E. Houghton Ave., Houghton 49931-2016 1845 Marquette/ Ontonagon/ Schoolcraft 1867 1855 1867 1848 1872 1848
G8 Huron 250 E. Huron Ave., Bad Axe 48413-1139 1840 (1859) Sanilac *St. Clair/*Tuscola 1867 1867 1867 1837 1861 1867
J7 Ingham 341 S. Jefferson St., Mason 48854-1652 1829 (1838) Shiawassee/Washtenaw 1867 1837 1867 1835 1835 1839
H6 Ionia 100 W. Main St., Ionia 48846-1651 1831 (1837) Michilimackinac *Kent 1867 1837 1867 1836 1835 1845
F7 Iosco 422 Lake St., P.O. Box 778 1840 (1857) unorganized *Cheboygan/*Saginaw 1867 1858 1867 1840 1859 1859
Iowa 1830 Crawford
Became part of Wisconsin Territory in 1836; now Wisconsin.
C2 Iron 2 S. Sixth St., Crystal Falls 49920-1435 1885 Marquette/Menominee 1895 1895 1895 1855 1886 1895
G6 Isabella 200 N. Main St., Mount Pleasant 48858-2390 1831 (1859) unorganized/Michilimackinac *Saginaw/*Ionia/*Midland 1867 1859 1867 1838 1859 1880
Isle Royale 1875 (attached to Houghton, 1885; Abolished, became part of Keweenaw, 1897) Keweenaw
Disbanded 1885, attached to Houghton; Eliminated in 1897; absorbed by Keweenaw.
J6 Jackson 312 S. Jackson St., Jackson 49201-1338 1829 (1832) Washtenaw/unorganized 1867 1867 1867 1830 1834 1830?
J5 Kalamazoo 201 W. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo 49007-3726 1829 (1830) unorganized *St. Joseph 1867 1831 1867 1824 1830 1847
F6 Kalkaska 605 N. Birch St., Kalkaska 49646-0780 1840 (1871) (as Wabassee; renamed 1843) *Grand Traverse/*Antrim 1871 1871 1871 1853 1874 1871
Kanotin 1840 (renamed Iosco, 1843) unorganized *Mackinac
Kautawaubet (Kautawbet) 1840 (renamed Wexford, 1843) Mackinac
Kayakee (Kaykakee) 1840 (renamed Clare, 1843) Mackinac/unorganized *Saginaw
H5 Kent 300 Monroe NW, Grand Rapids 49503-2206 1831 (1836) Michilimackinac (as Wabassee; renamed 1843) *Grand Traverse/*Antrim 1867 1845 1867 1860 1898 1854
Keskkauko (Keshkauko,Reshkauko) 1840 (renamed Charlevoix,1843) Mackinac
A3 Keweenaw HC1, Box 607, Eagle River 49924-9700 1861 Houghton 1869 1869 1869 1861 1866 1861
G5 Lake 800 Tenth St., Baldwin 49304-7970 1840 (1871) Mackinac *Mason/*Newaygo 1870 1870 1870 1872 1872 1871
H8 Lapeer 255 Clay St., Lapeer 48446-2205 1822 (1835) Oakland/St. Clair/unorganized 1867 1831 1867 1835 1838 1835
E5 Leelanau 301 E. Cedar St., Leland 49654-1107 1840 (1863) Mackinac *Grand Traverse 1867 1867 1867 1851 1882 1879
K7 Lenawee 425 N. Main St., Adrian 49221-2103 1822 (1826) Monroe 1867 1853 1867 1827 1827 1870
J7 Livingston 200 E. Grand River Ave., Howell 48843-7041 1833 (1836) Shiawassee/Washtenaw/ *Oakland 1867 1836 1867 1834 1837 1837
C5 Luce 407 W. Harrie St., Newberry 49868 1887 Chippewa/Mackinac 1887 1887 1887 1887 1888 1887
C6 Mackinac 100 N. Marley St., St. Ignace 49781-1457 1818 Wayne 1873 1867 1873 1785 1851 1808
J8 Macomb 40 N. Main St., Mt. Clemens 48043-2306 1818 Wayne 1867 1819 1867 1818 1849 1818
F5 Manistee 415 Third St., Manistee 49660-1606 1840 (1855) Mackinac *Ottawa/*Grand Traverse 1867 1867 1867 1868 1881 1855
Manitou 1855 (abolished 1895) Emmet/Leelanau
In 1861 the county government was disorganized, and Manitou was attached to Mackinac. In 1865 it was attached to Leelanau, then again attached to Mackinac in 1869. Finally, in 1895, Manitou was abolished and was absorbed by Charlevoix and Leelanau counties.
C3 Marquette 234 W. Baraga Ave., Marquette 49855-4751 1843 (1848) Chippewa/Houghton *Houghton 1867 1850 1867 1851 1854 1852
G4 Mason 304 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington 49431-2121 1840 (1855) (as Notipekago; renamed 1843)Mackinac *Ottawa 1867 1867 1867 1840 1855 1867
G5 Mecosta 400 Elm St., Big Rapids 49307-1849 1840 (1859) Mackinac/Oceana *Kent/*Newaygo 1867 1859 1867 1867 1867 1859
Meegisee 1840 (renamed Antrim, 1843) Mackinac
D3 Menominee 839 Tenth Ave., Menominee 49858-3000 1861 (as Bleeker; renamed 1863) unorganized 1863 1867 1860 1850 1868 1861
Michilmackinac 1818 (renamed Mackinac, 1837) Wayne
G6 Midland 220 W. Ellsworth St., Midland 48640-5194 1831 (1850) Saginaw/unorganized 1867 1867 1867 1855 1856 1839
Mikenauk 1840 (renamed Roscommon, 1843)Mackinac/unorganized
Milwaukee 1834 (1835) Brown
Became part of Wisconsin Territory in 1836; now in Wisconsin.
F6 Missaukee 111 S. Canal St., P.O. Box 800, Lake City 49651-0800 1840 (1871) Mackinac *Manistee/*Grand Traverse/*Wexford 1870 1871 1870 1871 1871 1872
K7 Monroe 106 E. First St., Monroe 48161-2115 1817 Wayne 1874 1818 1867 1806 1817 1805
H6 Montcalm 211 W. Main St., P.O. Box 368, Stanton 48888-0368 1831 (1850) Michilimackinac/unorganized *Ionia 1867 1867 1867 1838 1855 1860?
E7 Montmorency P.O. Box 789, Atlanta 49709-0789 1840 (1881) (as Cheonoquet; renamed 1843) Mackinac/unorganized *Cheboygan/*Alpena 1881 1881 1881 1943 1943 1940
H4 Muskegon 990 Terrace St., Muskegon 49442-3395 1859 Ottawa/unorganized 1867 1867 1867 1839 1867 1856
G5 Newaygo 1087 Newell St., P.O. Box 885, White Cloud 49349-8795 1840 (1851) Oceana/Mackinac *Kent/*Ottawa 1867 1851 1867 1840 1880 1893
Negwegon (Neewago) 1840 (renamed Alcona, 1843) unorganized *Mackinac
Notipekago (Nontipekago) 1840 (renamed Mason, 1843) Mackinac *Ottawa
J8 Oakland 1200 N. Telegraph Rd., Pontiac 48341-1032 1820 Macomb 1867 1827 1867 1821 1822 1826
G4 Oceana 100 State Street, P.O. Box 653, Hart 49420 1831 (1851) Michilimackinac *Kent/*Ottawa 1867 1867 1868 1846 1900 1859
F7 Ogemaw 806 W. Houghton Ave., West Branch 48661-1278 1840 (1875) unorganized *Mackinac/*Iosco/*Cheboygan 1879 1876 1876 1876 1877 1876
In 1867 Ogemaw was abolished and absorbed by Iosco. In 1873 it was re-created from part of Iosco.
Okkuddo (Okkudo) 1840 (renamed Otsego, 1843) Mackinac
Omeena 1840 (abolished , 1853; became part of Grand Traverse) Mackinac
B1 Ontonagon 725 Greenland Rd., Ontonagon 49953-1423 1843 (1848) Chippewa/Mackinac *Houghton 1868 1853 1868 1850 1853 1854
G5 Osceola 301 W. Upton Ave., Reed City 49677-1149 1840 (1869) (as Unwattin ; renamed 1843)Mackinac *Mason/*Newaygo/*Mecosta 1869 1869 1870 1853 1870 1870
F7 Oscoda 310 Morenci St., P.O. Box 399, Mio 48647-0399 1840 (1881) Mackinac *Iosco/*Cheboygan/*Alpena/*Alcona 1880 1881 1880 1850 1881 1881
E6 Otsego 225 W. Main St., Gaylord 49735-1372 1840 (1875) (as Okkuddo; renamed 1843) Mackinac *Cheboygan/*Alpena/*Antrim 1875 1895 1875 1864 1876 1875
H5 Ottawa 414 Washington St., Grand Haven 49417-1473 1831 (1837) Michilimackinac/unorganized *Kent 1866 1848 1867 1834 1844 1839
E7 Presque Isle 151 E. Huron Ave., Rogers City 49779-1316 1840 (1871) Mackinac *Cheboygan/*Alpena 1871 1872 1871 1856 1874 1872
Reshkauko (see Keskkauko)
F6 Roscommon 500 Lake St., Roscommon 48653-7664 1840 (1875) (as Mikenauk; renamed 1843) Mackinac *Cheboygan/*Midland 1874 1877 1874 1875 1875 1875
H7 Saginaw 111 S. Michigan Ave., Saginaw 48602-0000 1822 (1835) St. Clair/unorganized *Oakland 1867 1867 1867 1836 1800? 1843
H8 St. Clair 201 McMorran Blvd., Port Huron 48060-4006 1820 (1821) Macomb 1868 1837 1868 1821 1828 1833
K5 St. Joseph 125 W. Main St., P.O. Box 189, Centreville 49032-0189 1829 (1829) unorganized 1867 1832 1867 1830 1832 1842
G8 Sanilac 67 W. Sanilac Ave., Sandusky 48471-1060 1822 (1848) St. Clair/unorganized *Lapeer/*Oakland 1867 1867 1867 1834 1857 1850
C5 Schoolcraft 300 Walnut St., Manistique 49854-1495 1843 (1871) Chippewa/ Mackinac Houghton/ Marquette/*Houghton/ 1870 1870 1870 1871 1874 1881
Shawono (Shawano, Shawona) 1840 (renamed Crawford, 1843) Mackinac
H7 Shiawassee 208 N. Shiawassee St., Corunna 48817-1447 1822 (1837) Oakland/St. Clair/unorganized *Genesee 1867 1867 1867 1836 1840 1848
Tonedagana 1840 (renamed Emmet, 1843) Mackinac
H8 Tuscola 440 N. State St., Caro 48723 1840 (1850) Sanilac *Saginaw 1867 1851 1867 1850 1852 1887
Unwattin 1840 (renamed Osceola, 1843) Mackinac *Ottawa
J5 Van Buren 212 Paw Paw St., Paw Paw 49079 1829 (1837) unorganized *Lenawee/*Cass 1867 1836 1867 1836 1837 1844
Wabassee 1840 (renamed Kalkaska, 1843) Mackinac
Washington 1867 (declared unconstitutional) Marquette
J7 Washtenaw P.O. Box 8645, Ann Arbor 48107-8645 1822 (1826) Wayne/Oakland 1867 1833 1867 1835 1827 1835
J8 Wayne (excl. Detroit) 201 City County Bldg., Detroit 48226 1796 original 1867 1842 1867 1703 1797 1818
In 1796 Wayne County was created as part of the Northwest Territory; in 1815 it became part of the Michigan Territory.
J8 Wayne (Detroit only) 1151 Taylor St., Detroit 18202 1796 original 1867 1867
F5 Wexford 432 E. Division St., Cadillac 49601-1970 1840 (1869) (as Kautawaubet;renamed 1843) Mackinac *Manistee/*Grand Traverse 1867 1864 1867 1869 1869 1869
Wyandot 1840 (abolished 1853; became part of Cheboygan) Mackinac