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Lake County, Michigan Genealogy

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



Lake County, Michigan
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Location of Michigan in the U.S.
Facts
Founded April 1, 1840
County Seat Baldwin
Courthouse
Address Lake County Courthouse
800 Tenth St.
P. O. Box B
Baldwin, MI 49304
Phone: (616) 745-4641
Lake County Website


County CourthouseEdit


County Clerk has birth and death records from 1870,
marriage records from 1872 and military discharge records.
Trial Court has divorce and court records from 1874 and probate records.
Register of Deeds has land records from 1880. [1]

HistoryEdit

Parent CountyEdit

1840--Lake County was created 1 April 1840 from Mackinac County. Formerly Aishcum County, until the name was changed to Lake County 8 March 1843. It was attached to Ottawa, Mason, and Newaygo Counties prior to organization 1 May 1871.  County seat: Baldwin [2]

Boundary ChangesEdit

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.

Record LossEdit

For a list of record loss in Michigan counties see: Michigan Counties with Burned Courthouses

Places/LocalitiesEdit

Populated PlacesEdit

Neighboring CountiesEdit

Manistee  • Mason  • Mecosta  • Newaygo  • Oceana  • Osceola  • Wexford

Template:MILake County, Michigan Clickable Neighbors

ResourcesEdit

CemeteriesEdit

ChurchEdit

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.

CourtEdit

LandEdit

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 HistoriesEdit

Local histories are available for Lake 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.

MapsEdit

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MilitaryEdit

NewspapersEdit

Finding More Michigan NewspapersEdit

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

ProbateEdit

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, Lake and search for Probate records in the list.

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

TaxationEdit

Vital RecordsEdit

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.

  • How to order Michigan 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 LibrariesEdit

Family History Centers
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Web SitesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Lake County, Michigan page 347, 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).