Macomb County, Michigan Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Mount Clemens
Organized: January 15, 1818
Parent County(s): Wayne[1]
Neighboring Counties
Lapeer  • Oakland  • St. Clair  • Wayne
See County Maps
Courthouse
Michigan, Macomb County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Michigan, Macomb County Locator Map.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

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

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Macomb County Courthouse
40 N Main St.
Mt. Clemens, MI 48043
Phone: 810-469-5120
Macomb County Website

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1867, marriage records from 1819, divorce records from 1847and military records.
Probate Court has probate records.
Register of Deeds has land records[3]

Macomb 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 1819 1867 1818 1718 1849 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
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 Macomb 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.
1810 580
1820 898 54.8%
1830 2,413 168.7%
1840 9,716 302.7%
1850 15,530 59.8%
1860 22,843 47.1%
1870 27,616 20.9%
1880 31,627 14.5%
1890 31,813 0.6%
1900 33,244 4.5%
1910 32,606 −1.9%
1920 38,103 16.9%
1930 77,146 102.5%
1940 107,638 39.5%
1950 184,961 71.8%
1960 405,804 119.4%
1970 625,309 54.1%
1980 694,600 11.1%
1990 717,400 3.3%
2000 788,149 9.9%
2010 840,978 6.7%
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.

Lutheran

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Sterling Heights, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

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 Macomb County courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Macomb 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]

Lapeer CountySt. Clair CountyWayne CountyOakland CountyMI MACOMB.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Civil War service men from Macomb 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 Macomb County.

- 1st Regiment, Michigan Cavalry, Company L

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]

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.

Roseville Michigan Family History Center
16965 E 12 Mile Rd.
Roseville, MI 48066
Website

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Macomb County Historical Society
15 Union Street
Mt. Clemens MI 48043
Phone: 586-465-2488
website

Macomb County Genealogical Society
150 Cass Ave.
Mt. Clemens MI 48043
Phone: 586-469-6200
Website

New Baltimore Historical Society
51065 Washington
New Baltimore, MI 48047
Phone: 586-725-4755
Website Facebook

Roseville Historical and Genealogical Society
c/o Roseville Public Library
29777 Gratiot Avenue
Roseville, MI 48066-4196
Website

Romeo Historical Society
PO Box 412
Romeo, MI 48065
Phone: 586-752-4111
Website

St. Clair Shores Genealogical Group
c/o St. Clair Shores Public Library
22500 Eleven Mile Road
St. Clair Shores MI 48081
Website

Warren Historical & Genealogical Society
PO Box 1773
Warren 48090-1773
Phone: 586-258-2056
Website Facebook

Websites[edit | edit source]

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  • Macomb 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.
  • Macomb County MI Genealogy (ldsgenealogy.com)
  • 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, "Macomb 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, "Macomb County, Michigan," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia accessed 25 October 2019.