Monroe County, Michigan Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Monroe
Organized: July 14, 1817
Parent County(s): Wayne[1]
Neighboring Counties
Lenawee  • Lucas (OH)  • Washtenaw  • Wayne
See County Maps
Location Map
Michigan, Monroe County Locator Map.png

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for James Monroe. The County is located in the southeast area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Monroe County Courthouse
106 E 1st Street
Monroe, MI 48161
Phone: 888-354-5500
Monroe County Website

County Clerk has birth records from 1874, marriage records from 1818, death records from 1867, divorce and court records to 1945.
Probate Court has probate records.
Register of Deeds has land records. [3]

Monroe 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[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1874 1818 1867 1945 1806 1817 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:[6]

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 Monroe 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.
1830 3,187
1840 9,922 211.3%
1850 14,698 48.1%
1860 21,593 46.9%
1870 27,483 27.3%
1880 33,624 22.3%
1890 32,337 −3.8%
1900 32,754 1.3%
1910 32,917 0.5%
1920 37,115 12.8%
1930 52,485 41.4%
1940 58,620 11.7%
1950 75,666 29.1%
1960 101,120 33.6%
1970 118,479 17.2%
1980 134,659 13.7%
1990 133,600 −0.8%
2000 145,945 9.2%
2010 152,021 4.2%
Source:,_Michigan#Demographics "".]

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


Name Town Baptism Death Marriage Confirmation
St. Charles Newport 1852-1901 1853-1984 1853-1900
St. John the Baptist Monroe 1873-1901 1918-1984 1873-1901
St. Joseph Erie 1825-1900 1841-1984 1827-1858, 1858-1900 (1856-1885 missing)
St. Joseph Maybee 1890-1902 1890-1984 1890-1984 1894-1911
St. Mary Monroe 1794-1830, 1882-1907 1795-1941, 1942-1984 1794-1908
St. Michael Monroe 1852-1900 1852-1984 1852-1900 1852-1898
St. Patrick Carleton 1859-1909 1859-1984 1859-1878 1874-1890


Name Place Microfilm Years
1st United Presbyterian Church Petersburg 1856-1913
Immanuel Lutheran Church Ida 1879-1949
Maybee Congregational Church Maybee 1880-1950
Methodist Episcopal Church of Petersburg Deerfield 1883-1900
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church Ida 1860-1913
St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church Dundee 1860-1949
St. Michael Lutheran Church Ottawa Lake 1872-1937
St. Paul's Lutheran Church Maybee 1859-1928
St. Paul's Lutheran Church Monroe 1897-1940
St. Paul's United Methodist Church Monroe 1841-1900
Trinity Episcopal Church Monroe 1831-1924
Trinity Lutheran Church Monroe 1843-1907
Trinity Lutheran Church Monroe 1843-1911
Zion Lutheran Church Ottawa Lake 1861-1935

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 Monroe County courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Monroe 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.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Civil War service men from Monroe 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 Monroe County.

- 17th Regiment, Michigan Infantry, Companies C and I

War of 1812

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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 Monroe 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 Monroe County. For state-wide library facilities, see Michigan Archives and Libraries.

  • Monroe County Library System
    Mary K. Daume Library Service Center
    840 South Roessler Street
    Monroe, MI 48161
    Phone: 734-241-5770

Museums[edit | edit source]

  • Monroe County Historical Museum
    126 South Monroe Street
    Monroe, MI 48161
    Phone: 734-240-7780

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

  • Daughters of the American Revolution
    Nancy DeGraff Toll Chapter

Websites[edit | edit source]

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  • Monroe County, MI-Roots Michigan Roots is a member of the PA-Roots family of websites.
  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
  • Monroe County MI Genealogy (
  • FamilySearch Catalog – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Michigan.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Monroe County, Michigan" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia
  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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Michigan.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Monroe County, Michigan," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia accessed 05 November 2019.