Jackson County, Michigan Genealogy

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


Jackson County, Michigan
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Location of Michigan in the U.S.
Founded October 29, 1829
County Seat Jackson
Address Jackson County Courthouse
312 S Jackson St.
Jackson, MI 49201
Phone: (517) 788-4265
Jackson County Website

County Information


The County was named for Andrew Jackson. The County has Jackson as its seat and the County was created August 1, 1832. The County is located in the south central area of the state.[1]

Jackson County, Michigan Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1867 1830 1867 1820 1830 1834

County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1867,
marriage records from 1830’s, divorce records from 1800’s
and naturalization records.
Probate Court has probate records.
Register of Deeds has land records.
Clerk District has court records. [3]


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Jackson County is located in the south central part of Michigan.

The county is named after President Andrew Jackson (1767-1845).[4]

Parent County

1829--Jackson County was created 29 October 1829 from Washtenaw County and unorganized territory. it was attached to Washtenaw County prior to organization 1 August 1832. County seat: Jackson [5]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Michigan county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Michigan County Boundary Maps" (1790-1897) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

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


Populated Places

Other communities include:
Brooklyn, Cement City, Clarklake, Columbia, Concord, Grass Lake, Hanover, Horton, Liberty, Michigan Center, Munith, Napoleon, Norvell, Parma, Pulaski, Rives Junction, Spring Arbor, Springport, Stockbridge, Tompkins Center, and Vandercook Lake.

Neighboring Counties

Calhoun  • [Eaton County, Michigan Genealogy|Eaton]]  • Hillsdale  • Ingham  • Lenawee  • Livingston  • Washtenaw

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Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
USGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
MIGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Michigan Cemeteries for more information.

Deb Hayes-Wolfe has been adding photos of headstones and information for Jackson County, Michigan on Find A Grave.

Bio and Links

Because of fires, floods and loss, I started photographing all the markers in Jackson Co Michigan in Nov 2006. We've discovered the 1927 DAR WPA cemetery transcription project didn't have anyone actually walk any of the county cemeteries. They obtained the information from cemetery records, church records and neighbors. Fortunately for all of us this included records of those graves with no markers. Most of the early cemetery records have perished along with some of the cemeteries. Hopefully, we will be able to provide info for descendants of the early/current residents of Jackson County Michigan. By using census, marriage, death and local history information we try to make our entries as complete as possible. Email with info on your ancestors and we'll add them to any of our records. We'll be happy to help you in your search. I'm am the County Keeper for Jackson Co.

Currently, I'm working on adding maiden names to as many memorials as possible.

As of 22 Aug 2009 Jackson Co has 66,501 burials recorded. By Jan 2010 72,323 burials.


State Census


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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Jackson



You can find city directories for Jackson City on Ancestry.com 1883-1901 and 1936-1952.

Emigration and Immigration


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 county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Jackson County, Michigan Genealogy. 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.

History of Jackson County, Michigan can be found in full content on Google Book website.

DeLand's History of Jackson County, Michigan can be found in full content on Google Book website.


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Civil War

Civil War service men from Jackson 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 Jackson County.

- 12th Regiment, Michigan Infantry, Company D
- 17th Regiment, Michigan Infantry, Companies F, G, K, and Unassigned


GenealogyBank.com has a collection of Jackson County newspapers online.

Finding More Michigan Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Jackson County, Michigan Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:



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.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Michigan, Jackson and search for Probate records in the list.

Note: Not every county in Michigan will have Probate Records in the FamilySearch Catalog.

Online Probate Records


Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased as shown below:

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


Societies and Libraries 

Jackson County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 188
Jackson, MI 49204
Jackson County Genealogical Society Library
211 W. Ganson Street
Suite 170
Jackson, MI 49201

Jackson Historical Society
c/o Jackson District Library
244 W. Michigan
Jackson, MI 49201

Family History Centers

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. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.



  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Jackson County, Michigan" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackson_County,_Michigan."
  2. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 369-384. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Jackson County, Michigan page 346, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. "List of counties in Michigan," Wikipedia.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).