Kalamazoo County, Michigan Genealogy

From FamilySearch Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Guide to Kalamazoo County, Michigan ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Kalamazoo
Organized: October 1, 1830
Parent County(s): Unorganized territory
Neighboring Counties
Allegan  • Barry  • Branch  • Calhoun  • Cass  • St. Joseph  • Van Buren
See County Maps
Michigan, Kalamazoo County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Michigan, Kalamazoo County Locator Map.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for "the mirage or reflecting river" and the original Indian name was "Kikalamazoo". The County is located in the southwest area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Kalamazoo County Courthouse
201 W Kalamazoo Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Phone: 269-383-8840
Kalamazoo County Website

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1867, marriage records from 1831, divorce and court records from 1800’s.
Probate Court has probate records.
Register of Deeds has land records. [2]

Kalamazoo County, Michigan Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1867 1831 1867 1800s 1824 1830 1820
*Statewide registration started in 1867 for births and deaths. General compliance by 1915.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Kalamazoo County, Michigan online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Michigan Cemeteries for more information


Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 7,380
1850 13,179 78.6%
1860 24,646 87.0%
1870 32,054 30.1%
1880 34,342 7.1%
1890 39,273 14.4%
1900 44,310 12.8%
1910 60,327 36.1%
1920 71,225 18.1%
1930 91,368 28.3%
1940 100,085 9.5%
1950 126,707 26.6%
1960 169,712 33.9%
1970 201,550 18.8%
1980 212,378 5.4%
1990 223,411 5.2%
2000 238,603 6.8%
2010 250,331 4.9%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

State Census

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Michigan denominations, view the Michigan Church Records wiki page.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Michigan Land and Property for additional information about early Michigan land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the Kalamazoo County courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Kalamazoo County. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Michigan Local Histories.

  • Thomas, James. Kalamazoo County Directory: With a History of the County from Its Earliest Settlement Stone Brothers Book and Job Printers, 1869. Internet Archive.
  • Fisher, David; Little, Frank. Compendium of history and biography of Kalamazoo County, Mich. AW Bowen and Co. Publishers, Chicago, IL. It is available digitally at FamilySearch Digital Library

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Allegan CountyBarry CountyVan Buren CountyCass CountySt. Joseph CountyBranch CountyCalhoun CountyMI KALAMAZOO.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Civil War service men from Kalamazoo County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Kalamazoo County.

- 1st Regiment, Michigan Cavalry, Companies I and M
- 12th Regiment, Michigan Infantry, Companies F, H, and Unassigned
- 17th Regiment, Michigan Infantry, Companies D, I, and K

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

  • Digital Michigan Newspapers at Central Michigan University
  • Kalamazoo Gazette (various incarnations 1837-present).The Kalamazoo Public Library is indexing the newspaper which is searchable online through their Website. The continually updated index can be searched by going to Research-> Genealogy -> Local Information Databases -> Search Local Newspapers (select "subject" from the drop down box).Obituaries are available for a small fee.
  • Kalamazoo Telegraph (various incarnations 1845-1916).The Kalamazoo Public Library is digitizing this paper.It is currently searchable (1868-1899) from their website.

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In most counties in Michigan, probate records have been kept by the county judge. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate packets, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Michigan tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information see the Wiki page, Michigan Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

  • Birth Records and Death Records from 1867 can be obtained from the Michigan Department of Community Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.
  • Marriage Records from 1867 and Divorce Records from 1897 can be obtained from the County Clerk.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Kalamazoo County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Michigan Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Kalamazoo County. For state-wide library facilities, see Michigan Archives and Libraries.
Comstock Township Library Local History Room
6130 King Highway
Comstock, MI 49041
Phone: 269-345-0136

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Kalamazoo County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Michigan Societies.

  • Kalamazoo County Historical Society
    315 South Rose Street / PO Box 49005-1623
    Kalamazoo MI 49005

Websites[edit | edit source]

Green check.png
The usage of "Mormon" and "LDS" on this page is approved according to current policy.

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Kalamazoo County, Michigan" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Michigan.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Michigan.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Michigan.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Kalamazoo County, Michigan," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia accessed 18 October 2019.