Mackinac County, Michigan Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: St. Ignace
Organized: October 26, 1818
Parent County(s): Wayne[1]
Neighboring Counties
Cheboygan  • Chippewa  • Emmet  • Luce  • Schoolcraft
See County Maps
Courthouse
Michigan, Mackinac County Courthouse.png
Location Map
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Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

Mackinac (pronounced 'Mackinaw') County is situated in southeastern portion upper peninsula of Michigan. The Straits of Mackinac are also named for this area and are between the two peninsulas that make up Michigan. The County is located in the north area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Mackinac County Courthouse
100 S Marley Street
St. Ignace, MI 49781
Phone: 906-643-7300
Mackinac County Website

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1873, marriage records from 1867, divorce and court records from 1808. [3]

Mackinac 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
1873 1867 1873 1808 1785 1851 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
Unincorporated communities
Native American communities
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 Mackinac 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 877
1840 923 5.2%
1850 3,598 289.8%
1860 1,938 −46.1%
1870 1,716 −11.5%
1880 2,902 69.1%
1890 7,830 169.8%
1900 7,703 −1.6%
1910 9,249 20.1%
1920 8,026 −13.2%
1930 8,783 9.4%
1940 9,438 7.5%
1950 9,287 −1.6%
1960 10,853 16.9%
1970 9,660 −11.0%
1980 10,178 5.4%
1990 10,674 4.9%
2000 11,943 11.9%
2010 11,113 −6.9%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".


Federal Census

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]

Native Americans


African-American

  • Fred Hart Williams Genealogical Society
    c/o Burton Historical Collection, DPL
    5201 Woodward Avenue
    Detroit, MI 48202-4007
    Website
Publication is Fred Hart Williams Genealogical Society News published twice a year. Located in Wayne County. MGC Member of Michigan Genealogical Council.
  • Lansing Area African American Genealogical Society
    PO Box 22203
    Lansing, MI 48909-2203
    Website
Publication is Newsletter published quarterly. Member of Michigan Genealogical Council

Cornish

  • Keweenaw Houghton Cornish Society of the Copper Country
    Cornish Connection Of Lower Michigan
    8494 Wesley Drive
    Flushing, MI 48433
    Website

Dutch

  • Joint Archives of Holland, Hope College
    PO Box 9000
    Holland, Michigan 49422-9000
    Phone: 616-395-7000
    Website

Finnish

  • Finnish American Heritage Center
    435 Quincy Street
    Hancock, MI 49930
    Phone: 906-487-7302
    Website

Flemish

  • Genealogical Society of Flemish Americans
    18740 East 13 Mile Road
    Roseville, Michigan 48066
    Website Facebook

French-Canadian (includes Acadian, Cajun and Metis)

  • French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan
    PO Box 1900
    Royal Oak, MI 48068-1900
    Website Facebook
Publication is Michigan's Habitat Heritage published quarterly. Located in Oakland County, MGC Member of Michigan Genealogical Council

Irish

  • Irish Genealogical Society of Michigan
    c/o Gaelic League/Irish American Club
    2068 Michigan Avenue
    Detroit, MI 48216-1303
    Website Facebook
Publication is Irish Tree published nine times a year. Located in Wayne County, MGC Member of Michigan Genealogical Council
  • Wayne County Irish Society
    31975 Cowan
    Westland, MI 48185
    website

Italian

  • Americans Of Italian Origin Society
    18336 Lister East
    Detroit, MI 48021
    Website

Jewish

  • Jewish Genealogical Society of Michigan
    PO Box 251693
    West Bloomfield, MI 48325-1693
    Website Facebook
Publication is Generations published quarterly. Located in Oakland County, MGC Member of Michigan Genealogical Council

Polish

  • Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan
    c/o Burton Collection
    5201 Woodward Avenue
    Detroit, MI 48202-4007
    Website Facebook
Publication is The Polish Eaglet published three times a year. Located in Wayne County, MGC Member of Michigan Genealogical Council
  • Polish Heritage Society
    PO Box 1844
    Grand Rapids, MI 49501
    Website

Scottish

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 Mackinac County courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Mackinac 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]

War of 1812

Civil War

Spanish American 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.
  • State vital records started in 1867, however marriage records started at the county level earlier. Check both.

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.

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Library of Michigan
702 W. Kalamazoo Street
Lansing, MI 48915
517-335-1477
Email: librarian@michigan.gov
Website

For MackinacWebsite and For MackinawWebsite

Museums[edit | edit source]

Ft. de Baude Museum
334 N State Street
St. Ignace, MI 49781
906-643-6627
Facebook
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

Luce-Mackinac County Genealogical Society
PO Box 113
Engadine, MI 49827-0113
Website
Michilimackinac Historical Society
334 North State Street
St. Ignace, MI 49781
906-643-6627
Facebook
Website
St. Ignace Public Library
110 W. Spruce Street
St. Ignace, MI 49781
906-643-8318
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, "Mackinac County, Michigan" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, [1]
  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, "Mackinac County, Michigan," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia accessed 24 October 2019.