Clare County, Michigan Genealogy

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Template:Michigan-stubUnited States > Michigan > Clare County

County Courthouse


Parent County

1840--Clare County was created 1 April 1840 from Mackinac County.  It was formerly Kaykakee County, until the name changed to Clare County 8 March 1843. It was attached to Saginaw, Midland, Isabelle, and Mecosta Counties prior to organization 13 March 1871.
County seat:  Harrison [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

  • Cities: Clare . Harrison
  • Village: Farwell
  • Townships: Arthur . Franklin . Freeman . Frost . Garfield . Grant . Greenwood . Hamilton . Hatton . Hayes . Lincoln . Redding . Sheridan . Summerfield . Surrey . Winterfield
  • Communites: none

Neighboring Counties

Gladwin | Isabella | Mecosta| Midland| Missaukee | Osceola | Roscommon




Clare County is part of Roman Catholic Diocese of Saginaw



Local Histories






Vital Records

  • Michigan Birth Registrations, 1867-1902 -- Free name indexes and images at FamilySearch - Pilot. 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 - Pilot.  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 - Pilot.   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

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).