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*[http://www.mifamilyhistory.org/spanam/vetscounty.aspx?id=Mackinac Michigan Volunteers by County]<br>
 
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*'''1917-1919''' - {{RecordSearch|3007553|Michigan, Census of World War I Veterans with Card Index, 1917-1919}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
  
 
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*'''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 id="fck_dom_range_temp_1236870413453_263" />&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] --&nbsp;&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.  
 
*[http://www.mifamilyhistory.org/mfhn_deaths/countysearch.aspx?County=Mackinac Michigan Deaths, Mackinac County] Michigan Family History Network<br>
 
*[http://www.mifamilyhistory.org/mfhn_deaths/countysearch.aspx?County=Mackinac Michigan Deaths, Mackinac County] Michigan Family History Network<br>
  

Revision as of 12:03, 13 June 2019

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

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


County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Straits of Mackinac. The County has St. Ignace as its seat and the County was created October 26, 1818. The County is located in the north area of the state.[1]


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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1873 1867 1873 1808 1785 1851 1820
Statewide registration started in 1867 for births and deaths. General compliance by 1915.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1873,
marriage records from 1867, divorce and court records from 1808. [3]


History[edit | edit source]

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

  • Mackinac and Lake Stories - Link
  • Mackinac, formerly Michilimackinac - Link
  • Annals of Fort Mackinac - Link
  • Early Mackinac: "the Fairy Island" : a Sketch - Book
  • Names of Places of Interest on Mackinac Island, Michigan - Link
  • Nicolet day on Mackinac Island - Link
  • Island of Mackinac: giving a description of all the objects of interest... - Link
  • Historic Mackinac: The Historical, Picturesque and Legendary ..., Volume 1 - Link
  • Historic Mackinac: The Historical, Picturesque and Legendary ..., Volume 2 - Link
  • Lewis Cass Day on Mackinac Island, August 28, 1915 - Link
  • Early Mackinac: an historical and descriptive sketch - Link
  • HISTORY OF CHEBONGAN and Mackinac Counties - Link
  • The Old Mission Church of Mackinac Island: An Historical Discourse - Link
  • Two Missionary Priests at Mackinac: A Lecture Delivered at the Village... - Link
  • Father Marquette at Mackinaw and Chicago: A Paper, Read Before the Chicago ... - Link
  • Old Mackinaw, Or, the Fortress of the Lakes and Its Surroundings - Link
  • Mackinaw in History: A Critique on Dr. John R. Bailey's Brochure Entitled ... - Link
  • Index to Volumes I-XX of the Wisconsin Historical Collections - Link
  • A Brief History of Les Cheneaux Islands Link

Parent County[edit | edit source]

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 [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

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 Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Cheboygan  • Chippewa  • Emmet  • Luce  • Schoolcraft

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

Census[edit | edit source]

Federal Census

1820

1850

1860

1870

1880

1900

1910

1920

1930

1940


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.

Churches: various -


Court[edit | edit source]

Families[edit | edit source]



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 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.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Luce CountySchoolcraft CountyChippewa CountyMI MACKINAC.PNG
About this image
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military[edit | edit source]

War of 1812[edit | edit source]
Civil War[edit | edit source]
Spanish American War[edit | edit source]
World War I[edit | edit source]

Native Americans
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Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Finding More Michigan Newspapers[edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Mackinac 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, Mackinac 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

Queries: Mailing Lists & Message Boards
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Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

State vital records started in 1867, however marriage records started at the county level earlier. Check both.

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 Records[edit | edit source]
Marriage Records[edit | edit source]
Death Records[edit | edit source]

Societies, Libraries and Museums[edit | edit source]

Luce-Mackinac County Genealogical Society
P O Box 113
Engadine MI 49827-0113
Website

Michilimackinac Historical Society
334 North State Street
St. Ignace, MI 49781
Telephone: 906-643-6627
Website


Library of Michigan holdings

State wide or ethnic groups[edit | edit source]

AFRICAN-AMERICAN

Fred Hart Williams Genealogical Society
c/o Burton Historical Collection, DPL
5201 Woodward Avenue
Detroit MI 48202-4007
Publication is Fred Hart Williams Genealogical Society News published twice a year
Located in Wayne County
MGC Member of Michigan Genealogical Council

http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/p/h/i/Bennie-L-Phifer-iii/

Lansing Area African American Genealogical Society
Post Office Box 22203
Lansing MI 48909-2203
Publication is Newsletter published quarterly
Member of Michigan Genealogical Council

CORNISH

Keweenaw Houghton Cornish Society of the Copper Country
Cornish Connection Of Lower Michigan
8494 Wesley Drive
Flushing 48433

DUTCH

Joint Archives of Holland, Hope College

FINNISH

Finnish American Heritage Center

FLEMISH

Genealogical Society of Flemish Americans
Facebook Page

FRENCH-CANADIAN (includes Acadian, Cajun and Metis)

French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan
Post Office Box 1900
Royal Oak MI 48068-1900
Publication is Michigan's Habitat Heritage published quarterly
Located in Oakland County
MGC Member of Michigan Genealogical Council
Facebook Page/

IRISH

Irish Genealogical Society of Michigan
c/o Gaelic League/Irish American Club
2068 Michigan Avenue
Detroit MI 48216-1303
Publication is Irish Tree published nine times a year
Located in Wayne County
MGC Member of Michigan Genealogical Council
Facebook Page

Wayne County Irish Society
31975 Cowan
Westland 48185

ITALIAN

Americans Of Italian Origin Society
18336 Lister E.
Detroit 48021

JEWISH

Jewish Genealogical Society of Michigan
PO Box 251693
West Bloomfield MI 48325-1693
Publication is Generations published quarterly
Located in Oakland County
MGC Member of Michigan Genealogical Council Facebook Page

POLISH

Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan
c/o Burton Collection
5201 Woodward Avenue
Detroit MI 48202-4007
Publication is The Polish Eaglet published three times a year
Located in Wayne County
MGC Member of Michigan Genealogical Council
Facebook Page

Polish Heritage Society
P.O. Box 1844
Grand Rapids 49501

SCOTTISH

The St. Andrew's Society of Detroit
2360 Rochester Ct
Troy Mi 48083
Phone:(248) 526-1849
Fax:(248) 528-1477
Contact: kilgour@detroitscots.com

Family History Centers
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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. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Mackinac County, Michigan" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mackinac_County,_Michigan."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Mackinac 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), Mackinac County, Michigan page 347, 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).