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St. Clair County, Michigan Genealogy

Michigan Genealogy

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

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St. Clair County, Michigan
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Location of Michigan in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 28, 1820
County Seat Port Huron
Courthouse
St Clair County Courthouse Port Huron, Michigan.jpg
Address St. Clair County Courthouse
201 McMorran Blvd.
Port Huron, MI 48060-4006
Phone: (810) 985-2200
St. Clair County Website


County InformationEdit

DescriptionEdit

The County was named for Arthur St. Clair, an American Revolutionary War General and Governor of the Northwest Territory. The County is located in the east area of the state.[1]

St. Clair County, Michigan Record DatesEdit

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1867 1834 1868 1849 1821 1828 1820
Statewide registration started in 1867 for births and deaths. General compliance by 1915.

County CourthouseEdit


County Clerk has birth records from 1867, marriage records from 1834,
death records from 1868, divorce and court records from 1849. [3]

HistoryEdit

Parent CountyEdit

1820--St. Clair County was created 28 March 1820 from Macomb County. It was attached to Macomb County prior to organization 8 May 1821.  County seat: Port Huron [4]

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

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

Places/LocalitiesEdit

Populated PlacesEdit

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Cities
Villages
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships


Neighboring CountiesEdit

Lapeer  • Macomb  • Sanilac

ResourcesEdit

BiographiesEdit

CemeteriesEdit

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

CensusEdit

State Census

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

Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

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 St. Clair 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

Sanilac CountyLapeer CountyMacomb CountyOntarioMI ST CLAIR.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


MilitaryEdit

Civil WarEdit

Civil War service men from St. Clair 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 St. Clair County.

Online Records

World War IEdit

NewspapersEdit

Finding More Michigan NewspapersEdit

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

ObituariesEdit

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, St. Clair 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

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.

BirthEdit
MarriageEdit
DeathEdit

Societies and LibrariesEdit

St. Clair County Family History Group, Inc.
PO Box 611483
Port Huron, Michigan 48061-1483
Website

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

The Searchers c/o Pierson
14300 "V" Avenue
Vicksburg MI 49097-9360

Rootstalkers The
PO Box 161
Anchorville 48004

Algonac Clay Historical Society
1240 St. Clair River Dr.
PO Box 228
Algonac, MI 48001
Telephone: 810-794-9015
Website

Capac Historical Society Museum Mission
401 East Kempf
Capac Michigan, 48014
Telephone: 810-395-2859
E-mail:capacmuseum@hotmail.com
Website


Family History CentersEdit

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.

WebsitesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "St. Clair County, Michigan" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Clair_County,_Michigan."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), St. Clair 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), St Clair 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).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "St. Clair County, Michigan," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Clair_County,_Michigan, accessed 12 November 2019.