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| building address = 1045 Independence Blvd.<br>Charlotte, MI 48813<br>Phone: (517) 543-7500<br> [http://www.eatoncounty.org/'''Eaton County Website'''] }}  
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| building address = '''Eaton County Courthouse'''<br>1045 Independence Blvd.<br>Charlotte, MI 48813<br>Phone: 517-543-7500<br> [http://www.eatoncounty.org/ Eaton County Website] }}  
  
 
=== County Information  ===
 
=== County Information  ===
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
[http://www.eatoncounty.org/ Eaton&nbsp;County Courthouse]<br>[http://www.eatoncounty.org/departments/county-clerks-office County Clerk] has birth and death records from 1867, <br>marriage records from 1838, divorce and court records<br> from 1847 and some naturalization records.<br>[http://www.eatoncounty.org/courts/probate-court Probate Court] has probate records.<br>[http://www.eatoncounty.org/departments/register-of-deeds Register of Deeds] has land records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Eaton County, Michigan page 345, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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[http://www.eatoncounty.org/ Eaton County Courthouse]<br>[http://www.eatoncounty.org/departments/county-clerks-office County Clerk] has birth and death records from 1867, marriage records from 1838, divorce and court records from 1847 and some naturalization records.<br>[http://www.eatoncounty.org/courts/probate-court Probate Court] has probate records.<br>[http://www.eatoncounty.org/departments/register-of-deeds Register of Deeds] has land records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Eaton County, Michigan page 345, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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*[https://archive.org/details/historyofinghame00indura History of Ingham and Eaton counties, Michigan]  
 
*[https://archive.org/details/historyofinghame00indura History of Ingham and Eaton counties, Michigan]  
 
*[http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/micounty?type=boolean&rgn=pages&q1=Eaton+county&op2=and&q2=&op3=and&q3=&cite1=Eaton+county&cite1restrict=subject&cite2=Eaton+county&cite2restrict=title&Submit=Search%7C Michigan County Histories and Atlases]  
 
*[http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/micounty?type=boolean&rgn=pages&q1=Eaton+county&op2=and&q2=&op3=and&q3=&cite1=Eaton+county&cite1restrict=subject&cite2=Eaton+county&cite2restrict=title&Submit=Search%7C Michigan County Histories and Atlases]  
*[https://books.google.com/books?id=HXz8jK9zcdAC&printsec=frontcover&dq=eaton+county&hl=en&sa=X&ei=YkBGVb3TCY2KgwSu6oGoAw&ved=0CDUQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=eaton%20county&f=false%7C Portrait Album of Eaton County, Michigan]  
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*[https://books.google.com/books?id=hgY_AQAAMAAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false Portrait Album of Eaton County, Michigan]  
 
*[http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/micounty/2911328.0001.001?view=toc County of Eaton, Michigan Topography and Art Folio]  
 
*[http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/micounty/2911328.0001.001?view=toc County of Eaton, Michigan Topography and Art Folio]  
 
*[https://archive.org/stream/pioneerhistoryof00stra/pioneerhistoryof00stra_djvu.txt Pioneer History of Eaton County, Michigan]
 
*[https://archive.org/stream/pioneerhistoryof00stra/pioneerhistoryof00stra_djvu.txt Pioneer History of Eaton County, Michigan]
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1829--'''Eaton County was created 29 October 1829 from unorganized territory. It was&nbsp;attached to St.&nbsp;Joseph and Kalamazoo Counties prior to organization 29 December 1837. '''County seat:''' Charlotte <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1829--'''Eaton County was created 29 October 1829 from unorganized territory. It was attached to St. Joseph and Kalamazoo Counties prior to organization 29 December 1837. '''County seat:''' Charlotte <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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{{MI Church Intro}}
 
{{MI Church Intro}}
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*'''1819-1991''' - {{RecordSearch|2787825|Michigan, Church Records, 1819-1991}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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==== Directories<br>  ====
 
==== Directories<br>  ====
  
*Google Books [https://books.google.com/books?id=HXz8jK9zcdAC&printsec=frontcover&dq=eaton+county&hl=en&sa=X&ei=YkBGVb3TCY2KgwSu6oGoAw&ved=0CDUQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=eaton%20county&f=false%7C Barry and Eaton Counties, Michigan]
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*Barry and Eaton Counties, Michigan: [https://books.google.com/books?id=HXz8jK9zcdAC&printsec=frontcover&dq=eaton+county&hl=en&sa=X&ei=YkBGVb3TCY2KgwSu6oGoAw&ved=0CDUQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=eaton%20county&f=false%7C Google Books]
*[https://archive.org/details/eatoncountymichi00unse Rural Directory of Eaton County, Michigan]
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*Rural Directory of Eaton County, Michigan: [https://archive.org/details/eatoncountymichi00unse Internet Archive]
  
 
==== Emigration and Immigration ====
 
==== Emigration and Immigration ====
*'''1929 - 1966''' {{RecordSearch|2426314|Michigan, Crew Lists for various ports, 1929-1966}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1929-1966''' {{RecordSearch|2426314|Michigan, Crew Lists for various ports, 1929-1966}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
  
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'''Online Probate Records'''  
 
'''Online Probate Records'''  
  
*'''1784 1980''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8793 Michigan Wills and Probate Records 1784-1980] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $  
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*'''1784-1980''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8793 Michigan Wills and Probate Records 1784-1980] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $  
*'''1797 1973''' {{RecordSearch|2013878|Michigan Probate Records 1797-1973}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1797-1973''' {{RecordSearch|2013878|Michigan Probate Records 1797-1973}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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=====Birth=====
 
=====Birth=====
 
*'''1867-1917''' - {{RecordSearch|1923472|Michigan, County Births, 1867-1917}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1867-1917''' - {{RecordSearch|1923472|Michigan, County Births, 1867-1917}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*'''1867-1902''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1459684 Michigan Birth Registrations, 1867-1902]-- 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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*'''1867-1902''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1459684 Michigan Birth Registrations, 1867-1902] — index and images
  
 
=====Marriage=====
 
=====Marriage=====
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*'''1820-1937''' - {{RecordSearch|2473289|Michigan, County Marriages Index, 1820-1937}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
 
*'''1820-1937''' - {{RecordSearch|2473289|Michigan, County Marriages Index, 1820-1937}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
 
*'''1820-1940''' - {{RecordSearch|1810350|Michigan, County Marriages, 1820-1940}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1820-1940''' - {{RecordSearch|1810350|Michigan, County Marriages, 1820-1940}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*'''1868-1925''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1452395 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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*'''1868-1925''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1452395 Michigan Marriage Registrations, 1868-1925] — index and images
  
 
=====Death=====
 
=====Death=====
 
*'''1850-1880''' - {{RecordSearch|2632078|Michigan Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''1850-1880''' - {{RecordSearch|2632078|Michigan Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
*'''1867-1897''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1452402 Michigan Death Registrations, 1867-1897] --&nbsp;<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1236870413453_862"></span><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1236870413453_263"></span>&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.
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*'''1867-1897''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1452402 Michigan Death Registrations, 1867-1897] — index and images
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
'''Eaton County Genealogical Society'''<br>100 E Lawrence Ave<br>Charlotte MI 48813<br>Telephone: 517-543-8792<br>[http://www.miegs.org/Index.shtml Website]<br><br>
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*'''Eaton County Genealogical Society'''<br>100 E Lawrence Ave<br>Charlotte, MI 48813<br>Phone: 517-543-8792<br>[http://www.miegs.org/Index.shtml Website]
 
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*'''Bellevue Area Historical Society and Museum'''<br>212 North Main<br> Bellevue, MI 49021<br>Email: [mailto:bellevue_mi@cox.net bellevue_mi@cox.net]<br>[http://www.bellevuehistoricalsociety.org/ Website]
 
 
'''Bellevue Area Historical Society and Museum'''<br>212 North Main<br> Bellevue,   MI   49021<br>E-mail:[mailto:bellevue_mi@cox.net bellevue_mi@cox.net]<br>[http://www.bellevuehistoricalsociety.org/ Website]<br><br>
 
 
 
 
 
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/michigan/mi-society-archive/ List of Michigan Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
 
  
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
  
{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}  
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}  
  
 
*[[Introduction to Family History Centers]]  
 
*[[Introduction to Family History Centers]]  
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== Websites  ==
 
== Websites  ==
  
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/michigan/eaton-county/ Eaton County, MI History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
 
 
*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/117010845362856133445 Michigan Genealogy Network Community on Google+]  
 
*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/117010845362856133445 Michigan Genealogy Network Community on Google+]  
 
*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/241315555879711/ Michigan Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]  
 
*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/241315555879711/ Michigan Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]  

Latest revision as of 19:01, 30 August 2019

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

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Eaton County, Michigan
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Location of Michigan in the U.S.
Facts
Founded October 29, 1829
County Seat Charlotte
Courthouse
Address Eaton County Courthouse
1045 Independence Blvd.
Charlotte, MI 48813
Phone: 517-543-7500
Eaton County Website


County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for John Eaton. The County has Charlotte as its seat and the County was created 1837. The County is located in the south central area of the state.[1]

Eaton County, Michigan Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1867 1838 1867 1847 1835 1835 1820
Statewide registration started in 1867 for births and deaths. General compliance by 1915.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Eaton County Courthouse
County Clerk has birth and death records from 1867, marriage records from 1838, divorce and court records from 1847 and some naturalization records.
Probate Court has probate records.
Register of Deeds has land records. [3]

History[edit | edit source]

See THE CAPITOL REGION OF MICHIGAN compiled by Victoria Wilson for a general "how to" guide to researching in the area.

County histories - books & online
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Parent County[edit | edit source]

1829--Eaton County was created 29 October 1829 from unorganized territory. It was attached to St. Joseph and Kalamazoo Counties prior to organization 29 December 1837. County seat: Charlotte [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

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.

See also 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[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

  • Cities: Charlotte . Eaton Rapids . Grand Ledge . Olivet . Potterville
  • Villages: Bellevue . Dimondale . Mulliken . Sunfield . Vermontville
  • Townships: Bellevue . Benton . Brookfield . Carmel . Cheste r. Delta Charter . Eaton Rapids . Eaton . Hamlin . Kalamo . Oneida Charter . Roxand . Sunfield . Vermontville . Walton . Windsor Charter
  • Communities: Ainger . Bismark . Brookfield . Carlisle . Charlesworth . Chester . Delta Center . Delta Mills . Five Points Corner . Gresham . Hoytville . Kalamo . Kelly . Kingsland . Little Venice . Millett . Needmore . Olivet Station . Oneida Center . Packard . Petreville . Sahytown . Stalls Corner . Waverly . West Windsor . Woodbury

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Barry  • Calhoun  • Clinton  • Ingham  • Ionia  • Jackson

Resources[edit | edit source]

The Eaton County Clerk's Office has provided information about how to obtain genealogical records for their county on their portion of the County Web Site.

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
MIGenWeb Archives WorldCat Billion Graves
Tombstone Project
MIInterment
EPodunk
Billion Graves
See Michigan Cemeteries for more information.

Census[edit | edit source]

State Census

Church[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.

Court[edit | edit source]

Directories
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Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Land[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 county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Eaton 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.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Ionia CountyClinton CountyIngham CountyJackson CountyCalhoun CountyBarry CountyMI EATON.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Eaton 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 Eaton County.

Online Records

World War I[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Finding More Michigan Newspapers[edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Eaton County, Michigan Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate[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.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Michigan, Eaton 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

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriage[edit | edit source]
Death[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

  • Eaton County Genealogical Society
    100 E Lawrence Ave
    Charlotte, MI 48813
    Phone: 517-543-8792
    Website
  • Bellevue Area Historical Society and Museum
    212 North Main
    Bellevue, MI 49021
    Email: bellevue_mi@cox.net
    Website

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.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Eaton County, Michigan" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eaton_County,_Michigan."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Eaton County, Michigan . Page 343-351 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 346-349.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Eaton County, Michigan page 345, 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).