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United States Gotoarrow.png Michigan Gotoarrow.png Charlevoix County

Guide to Charlevoix County Michigan genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Charlevoix County, Michigan
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Location of Michigan in the U.S.
Founded April 2, 1869
County Seat Charlevoix
Address Charlevoix County Courthouse
203 Antrim Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720
Phone: (231) 547-7200
Fax: (231) 547-7217
Toll Free Number: 1-800-548-9157
Email address: clerk@charlevoixcounty.org
Charlevoix County Website

County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth records from 1867, marriage and death records from 1868,
divorce, court and land records from 1869 and probate records from from 1881. [1]


Parent County

1869--Charlevoix County was created 2 April 1869 from Emmet, Antrim and Otsego Counties.
County seat: Charlevoix [2]

Boundary Changes

See COUNTY EVOLUTION IN MICHIGAN, 1790-1897 by Richard W. Welch for the development of the counties in the state. This will help you to determine place of residence of your ancestors and under whose civil jurisdiction they resided. It is also useful for when you start to read the census records.

Record Loss


Populated Places

  • Cities: Boyne City . Charlevoix . East Jordan
  • Village: Boyne Falls
  • Townships: Bay . Boyne Valley . Chandler . Charlevoix . Evangeline . Eveline . Hayes . Hudson . Marion . Melrose . Norwood . Peaine . South Arm . St. James . Wilson
  • Communities: Bay Shore . Norwood

Neighboring Counties

Antrim | Cheboygan | Emmet | Otsego



Norwood Township

  • Norwood Cemetery

Marion Township

  • Barnard Cemetery

Charlevoix Township

  • Brookside Cemetery
  • St Mary's Catholic
  • Grand Army of the Republic
  • (unnamed)

Bay Township

  • North Bay Cemetery
  • Oaklawn (Horton Bay)
  • Dyer Cemetery

Hayes Township

  • Undine Cemetery

Evangeline Township

  • Griffin Cemetery

Boyne City

  • Maple Lawn CemeteryUpdated 11/26/2006
  • Wilson (Old Boyne) Cemetery

Wilson Township

  • Lewis Cemetery
  • Todds Cemetery
  • Knop/Knob Cemetery

Eveline Township

  • Advance Cemetery

East Jordan

  • Calvary Catholic Cemetery
  • Sunset Hill

South Arm Township

  • Jones Cemetery
  • Lakeside Cemetery

Melrose Township

  • Duncan (Dunkard) Cemetery
  • Maple Hill (Clarion) Cemetery

Hudson Township

  • Hudson Cemetery

Chandler Township

  • Chandler (Gallop) Cemetery
  • Howard (Danny) Cemetery

Boyne Falls

  • St Augustine Cemetery
  • Boyne Valley Cemetery
  • Okrion (Russian) Cemetery


  • Catholic Cemetery
  • Protestant Cemetery

Beaver Island

  • Holy Cross Cemetery
  • St James Twp Cemetery
  • Indian Cemetery
  • Protar's Grave
  • Clifton Graves


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.



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 Charlevoix 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.




Civil War

Civil War service men from Charlevoix 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 Charlevoix County.



Finding More Michigan Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Charlevoix 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, Charlevoix and search for Probate records in the list.

Note: Not every county in Michigan will have Probate Records in the FamilySearch Catalog.


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.

  • 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

Charlevoix County Genealogical Society

P.O.Box 7
Boyne City MI 49712

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Charlevoix 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).