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{{stub}}''[[United States|United States]] > [[Michigan|Michigan]] > Branch County''  
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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Michigan]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Branch County'''
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
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[http://www.countyofbranch.com/ Branch County Courthouse]<br>31 Division St.<br>Coldwater, MI 49036<br>Phone: (517) 279-4300<br>
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County Clerk has birth and death records from 1867,<br>marriage records from 1833, divorce records, <br>court records from 1848 and naturalization records&nbsp;from 1847.<br>Probate Court has probate record. <br>Register of Deeds has land records.<br>City &amp; Town Clerks have burial records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Branch County, Michigan page 344, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
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'''1829--'''Branch County was created 29 October 1829&nbsp;from Lenawee County and unorganized territory. '''County seat:''' Coldwater <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
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'''1829--'''Branch County was created 29 October 1829&nbsp;from [[Lenawee County, Michigan|Lenawee]] County and unorganized territory. It was attached to St. Joseph County prior to organization 1 March 1833.<br>'''County seat:''' Coldwater <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
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====Populated Places====
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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*[[Calhoun County, Michigan|Calhoun]]
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*[[Hillsdale County, Michigan|Hillsdale]]
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*[[Kalamazoo County, Michigan|Kalamazoo]]
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*[[LaGrange County, Indiana|Lagrange County, Indiana]]
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*[[St. Joseph County, Michigan|St. Joseph]]
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*[[Steuben County, Indiana|Steuben County, Indiana]]
  
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=51505 Oak Grove Cemetery, Coldwater]
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=147614 Sherwood Cemetery, Sherwood]
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=50945 Lawrence Cemetery, Kinderhook]
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=117050 West Prairie Cemetery, Union City]
  
 
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Civil War service men from Branch 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 Branch County.
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:- [[17th Regiment, Michigan Infantry|17th Regiment, Michigan Infantry]], Companies C and H
  
 
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*Birth Records Table [http://alcona.org/home/aspx/ Alcona County Genealogical Society]Free membership with registration.
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*Marriage Records Table [http://alcona.org/home/aspx/ Alcona County Genealogical Society]Free membership with registration.
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*Death Records Table [http://alcona.org/home/aspx/ Alcona County Genealogical Society]Free membership with registration.
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*'''Michigan Birth Registrations, 1867-1902&nbsp;-- '''Free name indexes and images at [https://www.familysearch.org/#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1459684 FamilySearch]. Records include such information as name of child, birthdate and place, if still-born, illegitimate or twin, gender, race and record number.
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*'''Michigan Marriage Registrations, 1868-1925''' -- Free name indexes at [https://www.familysearch.org/#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1452395 FamilySearch]. &nbsp;Records include such information as names of bride and groom, date of license, ages, race, residences, birthplaces, occupations and names of the fathers of the bride and groom.
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*'''Michigan Death Registrations, 1867-1897'''&nbsp;<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1236870413453_862" /><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1236870413453_263" />&nbsp;Free name indexes and images&nbsp;at&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1452402 FamilySearch]. &nbsp;&nbsp;Records include such information as name of deceased, date and place of death, gender, color, marital status, age in years, months and days, disease or apparent cause of death, birthplace, names and occupations of parents, and the date the record was made.
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
*[http://www.familysearch.org/eng/library/fhlcatalog/supermainframeset.asp?display=localitydetails&subject=199630&subject_disp=Michigan%2C+Branch&columns=*,0,0 Family History Library Catalog]<br>
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*{{FHL|Michigan%2C+Branch|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}<br>  
 
*[http://branch.migenweb.net/ The Branch County MIGenWeb Project], an member of [[MIGenWeb|The MIGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].
 
*[http://branch.migenweb.net/ The Branch County MIGenWeb Project], an member of [[MIGenWeb|The MIGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].
  
 
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[[Category:Branch_County,_Michigan]]

Revision as of 22:28, 29 January 2013

United States Gotoarrow.png Michigan Gotoarrow.png Branch County

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Online Records


County Courthouse

Branch County Courthouse
31 Division St.
Coldwater, MI 49036
Phone: (517) 279-4300


County Clerk has birth and death records from 1867,
marriage records from 1833, divorce records,
court records from 1848 and naturalization records from 1847.
Probate Court has probate record.
Register of Deeds has land records.
City & Town Clerks have burial records. [1]

History

Branch County is near the middle of the state near the border of Indiana and Illinois, and largely borders Indiana.  The county includes the communities of Coldwater, Kinderhook, and numerous other small towns.

Parent County

1829--Branch County was created 29 October 1829 from Lenawee County and unorganized territory. It was attached to St. Joseph County prior to organization 1 March 1833.
County seat: Coldwater [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Resources

Cemeteries

BillionGraves:

Church

Court

Land

Local Histories

Maps

Military

Civil War

Civil War service men from Branch 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 Branch County.

- 17th Regiment, Michigan Infantry, Companies C and H

Newspapers

Probate

Taxation

Vital Records

  • Michigan Birth Registrations, 1867-1902 -- Free name indexes and images at FamilySearch. Records include such information as name of child, birthdate and place, if still-born, illegitimate or twin, gender, race and record number.
  • Michigan Marriage Registrations, 1868-1925 -- Free name indexes at FamilySearch.  Records include such information as names of bride and groom, date of license, ages, race, residences, birthplaces, occupations and names of the fathers of the bride and groom.
  • Michigan Death Registrations, 1867-1897  Free name indexes and images at FamilySearch.   Records include such information as name of deceased, date and place of death, gender, color, marital status, age in years, months and days, disease or apparent cause of death, birthplace, names and occupations of parents, and the date the record was made.

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Branch County, Michigan page 344, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).