Kalamazoo County, Michigan Genealogy

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County Courthouse

Kalamazoo County Courthouse
201 W Kalamazoo Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Phone: (269) 383-8840


Parent County

1829--Kalamazoo County was created 29 October 1829 from unorganized territory.  It was attached to St. Joseph County prior to organization 1 October 1830. County seat: Kalamazoo [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places










Neighboring Counties



some partial transcriptions are available at Rootsweb:  www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mikccem/burialbycemetery.htm  Burials (through 2006) at Riverside Cemetery are available at this site as a PDF.

The Kalamazoo County US GenWeb Page has a list of cemeteries at:  www.migenweb.org/kalamazoo/cemindex.htm.




Local Histories

Histories of many of the villages in Kalamazoo were described in the 1869 Kalamazoo directory which is available for free from www.archive.org.



Civil War

Civil War service men from Kalamazoo 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 Kalamazoo County.

- 1st Regiment, Michigan Cavalry, Companies I and M
- 12th Regiment, Michigan Infantry, Companies F, H, and Unassigned
- 17th Regiment, Michigan Infantry, Companies D, I, and K


Kalamazoo Gazette (various incarnations 1837-present).  The Kalamazoo Public Library is indexing the newspaper which is searchable online through their website:  www.kpl.gov  The continually updated index can be searched by going to Research-> Genealogy -> Local Information Databases -> Search Local Newspapers (select "subject" from the drop down box).  Obituaries are available for a small fee.

Kalamazoo Telegraph (various incarnations 1845-1916).  The Kalamazoo Public Library is digitizing this paper.  It is currently searchable (1868-1899) from their website.


Southwest Michigan Obituary Index from the earliest date to 2000.



Vital Records

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

Kalamazoo Public Library 

www.kpl.gov.  The library has an excellent website listing many of their genealogy/local history holdings.  The local history database is searchable online.

Family History Centers

Genealogical Societies

Web Sites


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