Eaton County, Michigan Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Charlotte
Organized: December 29, 1837
Parent County(s): St. Joseph and Kalamazoo
Neighboring Counties
Barry  • Calhoun  • Clinton  • Ingham  • Ionia  • Jackson
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for John Eaton. The County has Charlotte as its seat and the County was created 1837. The County is located in the south-central area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Eaton County Courthouse
1045 Independence Blvd.
Charlotte, MI 48813
Phone: 517-543-7500
Eaton County Website

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1867, marriage records from 1838, divorce and court records from 1847 and some naturalization records.
Probate Court has probate records.
Register of Deeds has land records. [2]

Eaton 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 1838 1867 1847 1835 1835 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]

Cities
Villages
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships


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 Eaton 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]

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Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 2,379
1850 7,058 196.7%
1860 16,476 133.4%
1870 25,171 52.8%
1880 31,225 24.1%
1890 32,094 2.8%
1900 31,668 −1.3%
1910 30,499 −3.7%
1920 29,377 −3.7%
1930 31,728 8.0%
1940 34,124 7.6%
1950 40,023 17.3%
1960 49,684 24.1%
1970 68,892 38.7%
1980 88,337 28.2%
1990 92,879 5.1%
2000 103,655 11.6%
2010 107,759 4.0%
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.

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 Eaton County courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Eaton 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 Eaton 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 Eaton County.

Online Indexes and Records

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

  • Barry and Eaton Counties, Michigan: Google Books Portrait Biographical Album of Barry and Eaton Counties, Michigan.

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 Indexes and Records

School 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]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes.

Lansing Michigan Family History Center
431 East Saginaw Street
East Lansing MI 48826
Phone: 517-332-2932
website

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Eaton County Genealogical Society
100 E Lawrence Ave
Charlotte, MI 48813
Phone: 517-543-8792
Website
Bellevue Area Historical Society and Museum
212 North Main
Bellevue, MI 49021
Phone: 269-763-9676
Email: bellevue_mi@cox.net
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

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Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Eaton 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, "Eaton County, Michigan," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia accessed 23 September 2019.