Oakland County, Michigan Genealogy

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Oakland County

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


Oakland County, Michigan
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Location of Michigan in the U.S.
Founded January 12, 1819
County Seat Pontiac
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Address Oakland County Courthouse
1200 N Telegraph Rd.
Pontiac, MI 48341
Oakland County Website

County Information


The County has Pontiac as its seat and the County was created January 12, 1819. The County is located in the southeast area of the state.[1]

Oakland County, Michigan Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1867 1827 1867 1820 1821 1822

County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1867,
marriage and naturalization records from 1827. [3]


The town of Rochester was formed at about the time Ann Arbor was formed in Washtenaw County, Michigan. It is north and west of Detroit. The Mack Family built the road that ran from Detroit to Pontiac and the road which split off that and went to Rochester.

Parent County

1819--Oakland County was created 12 January 1819 from Macomb County, Michigan. It was attached to Macomb County prior to organization  28 March 1820. County seat: Pontiac [4]

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

Avon (extinct) - now Rochester Hills 




Farmington Hills


Lake Orion





Royal Oak




West Bloomfield

Neighboring Counties

Genesee  • Lapeer  • Livingston  • Macomb  • Washtenaw  • Wayne

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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.


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

  • Pontiac


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 Oakland 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.


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Civil War

Civil War service men from Oakland 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 Oakland County.

- 1st Regiment, Michigan Cavalry, Company G


Finding More Michigan Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Oakland 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, Oakland 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.

The Oakland County Clerk's office provides certified copies of Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates for these events that occurred in Oakland County.  Birth Records prior to 1935 or Marriage/Death Records prior to 1942 are available in person or by mail only while other years can be requested online.  Birth Records over 100 years old, all Marriage Records, and all Death Records are public information.  Birth Records less than 100 years are available only to eligible persons.


Societies and Libraries

North Oakland Genealogical Society
825 Joslyn Rd.
Lake Orion 48362

Oakland County Genealogical Society
PO Box 1094
Birmingham 48012

Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society
405 Oakland Ave.
Pontiac 48058

Northwest Oakland County Historical Society
306 So. Saginaw St.
Holly 48442

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, "Oakland County, Michigan" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oakland_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), Oakland County, Michigan page 349, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).