Livingston County, Michigan Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Howell
Organized: April 4, 1836.
Parent County(s): Shiawassee, Washtenaw[1]
Neighboring Counties
Genesee  • Ingham  • Jackson  • Oakland  • Shiawassee  • Washtenaw
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 Edward Livingston. The County is located in the southeast area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Livingston County Courthouse
200 E Grand River Ave.
Howell, MI 48843
Phone: 517-546-0500
Fax: 517-546-4354
Livingston County Website

County Clerk has birth, death, divorce and court records from 1867, and marriage records from 1836.
Probate Judge has probate records;
Register of Deeds has land records. [3]

Livingston 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
1867 1836 1867 1867 1834 1837 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]

Cities
Villages
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Additional Information

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 Livingston 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 7,430
1850 13,485 81.5%
1860 16,851 25.0%
1870 19,336 14.7%
1880 22,251 15.1%
1890 20,858 −6.3%
1900 19,664 −5.7%
1910 17,736 −9.8%
1920 17,522 −1.2%
1930 19,274 10.0%
1940 20,863 8.2%
1950 26,725 28.1%
1960 38,233 43.1%
1970 58,967 54.2%
1980 100,289 70.1%
1990 115,645 15.3%
2000 156,951 35.7%
2010 180,967 15.3%
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 Livingston County courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Livingston 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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Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

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 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.

Howell Michigan Family History Center
1041 W Grand River Ave.
Howell, MI 48843
517-546-2716
E-mail:MI_Howell@familyhistorymail.org
Website

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Brighton District Library
100 Library Drive
Brighton, MI 48116
Phone: 810-229-6571
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Howell Area Historical Society and Museum
128 Wetmore Street
Howell MI 48844
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

Livingston County Genealogical Society
PO Box 1073
Howell MI 48844
E-mail:milcgs@hotmail.com
Website Facebook

Livingston County Historical Society
128 Wetmore Street / PO Box 154
Howell MI 48844
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

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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, "Livingston 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, "Livingston County, Michigan," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia accessed 24 October 2019.