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United States Gotoarrow.png Michigan Gotoarrow.png Mackinac County

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

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Mackinac County, Michigan
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Location of Michigan in the U.S.
Founded October 26, 1818
County Seat St. Ignace
Address Mackinac County Courthouse
100 S Marley St.
St. Ignace, MI 49781
Phone: (906) 643-7300
Mackinac County Website

County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1873,
marriage records from 1867, divorce and court records from 1808. [1]


Mackinac (pronounced 'Mackinaw') County is situated in southeastern portion upper peninsula of Michigan. The name is from Indians in the area.  The Straits of Mackinac are also named for this area and are between the two peninsulas that make up Michigan.

Books online

Parent County

1818--Mackinac County was created 26 October 1818 from Wayne County. It was formerly Michilimackinac County, until name was changed 26 January 1837.  County seat: St. Ignace [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


Bois Blanc Township

Brevort Township

Clark Township

Ft. Mackinac

Garfield Township

Hendricks Township

Hudson Township

Mackinac Island

Marquette Township

Moran Township

Newton Township

Portage Township

St. Ignace

St. Ignace Township

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties






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.













The Therrian family moved from Drummond Island to the Mackinac area indicated by the baptismal records of their children. Peter Isaac Therrian was French Canadian, Angelique was Indian. Josephine "Josie" Therrian is their great grand daughter..



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 Mackinac 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

Spanish American War



Queries: Mailing Lists & Message Boards


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.

Societies and Libraries

Luce-Mackinac County Genealogical Society

Library of Michigan holdings

Family History Centers

Web Sites


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