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Macomb County, Michigan Genealogy

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

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Macomb County, Michigan
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Location of Michigan in the U.S.
Facts
Founded January 15, 1818
County Seat Mount Clemens
Courthouse
Address Macomb County Courthouse
40 N Main St.
Mt. Clemens, MI 48043
Phone: (810) 469-5120
Macomb County Website


County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Alexander Macomb. The County has Mount Clemens as its seat and the County was created January 15, 1818. The County is located in the southeast area of the state.[1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1867 1819 1867 1818 1718 1849 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 1867,
marriage records from 1819, divorce records from 1847and military records.
Probate Court has probate records.
Register of Deeds has land records[3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1818--Macomb County was created 15 January 1818 from Wayne County. County seat: Mount Clemens [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.

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]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Lapeer  • Oakland  • St. Clair  • Wayne

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]

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.

Lutheran[edit | edit source]
  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Sterling Heights, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Court[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 Macomb 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]

Lapeer CountySt. Clair CountyWayne CountyOakland CountyMI MACOMB.PNG
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for more resources


Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Macomb 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 Macomb County.

- 1st Regiment, Michigan Cavalry, Company L

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 Macomb 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, Macomb 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]

Macomb County Historical Society
15 Union St.
Mt. Clemens 48043

Macomb County Genealogical Society
150 Cass Ave.
Mt. Clemens 48043
Website

New Baltimore Historical Society
51065 Washington
New Baltimore, MI 4804

Roseville Historical and Genealogical Society
c/o Roseville Public Library
29777 Gratiot Avenue
Roseville, MI 48066-4196

Romeo Historical Society
PO Box 412
Romeo, Michigan 48065
Telephone Number: 586-752-4111
Website

St. Clair Shores Genealogical Group
22500 Eleven Mile Rd.
St. Clair Shores 48081

Sterling Heights Genealogical and Historical Society
PO Box 1154
Sterling Heights,MI 48311-1154
Website

Warren Historical & Genealogical Society
PO Box 1773
Warren 48090-1773
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. 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, "Macomb County, Michigan" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macomb_County,_Michigan."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Macomb 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), Macomb 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).