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

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Saginaw County, Michigan
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Location of Michigan in the U.S.
Facts
Founded September 10, 1822
County Seat Saginaw
Courthouse
Saginaw County Courthouse Saginaw, Michigan.jpg
Address Saginaw County Courthouse
111 S Michigan Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48602
Phone: (517) 790-5251
Saginaw County Website


County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Sace-nong or Sak-e-nong (English: Sauk land), as the Sauk (French: Sac) tribe is believed by some to have once lived there. A more likely possibility is that it comes from Ojibwe words meaning "place of the outlet" . The County has Saginaw as its seat and the County was created February 9, 1835. The County is located in the centre area of the state.[1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1867 1867 1868 1843 1836 1800 1820
Statewide registration started in 1867 for births and deaths. General compliance by 1915.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]


County Clerk has birth and marriage records from 1867,
death records from 1868, divorce records from 1886
and court records from 1843.
Probate Court has probate records;
Equalization Department has land records.[3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1822--Saginaw County was created 10 September 1822 from St. Clair County and unorganized territory. It was attached to Oakland County prior to organization 9 February 1855. County seat: Saginaw [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]

Bay  • Clinton  • Genesee  • Gratiot  • Midland  • Shiawassee  • Tuscola County

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.

Ward and Branch Records

  • Saginaw

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 Saginaw 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]

Midland CountyBay CountyTuscola CountyGenesee CountyShiawassee CountyClinton CountyGratiot CountyMI SAGINAW.PNG
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for more resources


Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]
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 Saginaw 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, Saginaw 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]

Castle Museum of Saginaw County Historical Society

500 Fede​ral Avenue

Saginaw, MI 48607

Phone: 989-752-2861

Website

Public Libraries of Saginaw

Local History & Genealogy

Hoyt Library

505 Janes Avenue

Saginaw, MI 48607

Phone: 989-755-9827

Website

Saginaw Genealogical Society
505 Janes Ave.
Saginaw 48607
Website

Saginaw Genealogical Society
PO Box 3767
Saginaw, MI 48605-3767
E-mail: saggensoc@gmail.com
Website

Chesaning Genealogical Society
c/o Chesaning Public Library
227 East Broad Street
Chesaning, Michigan 48616-1501

Website

Cass River Genealogical Society
c/o James E. Wickson Memorial Library
359 South Franklin Street
Frankenmuth, Michigan 48734-1529

St. Charles Historical Society and Museum
PO Box 45
249 Saginaw St.
St. Charles, Michigan 48655

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, "Saginaw County, Michigan" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saginaw_County,_Michigan."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Saginaw 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), Saginaw County, Michigan page 350, 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).