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Wexford County, Michigan Genealogy

Michigan Genealogy

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

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Wexford County, Michigan
Map
Map of Michigan highlighting Wexford County
Location in the state of Michigan
Facts
Founded April 1, 1840
County Seat Cadillac
Courthouse
Address Wexford County Courthouse
437 E Division St.
Cadillac, MI 49601
Phone: (231) 779-9450
Fax: (231) 779-0292
Wexford County Website


County InformationEdit

DescriptionEdit

The County was named for County Wexford in Ireland. The County is located in the Northern area of the state. [1]

Wexford County, Michigan Record DatesEdit

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1868 1869 1869 1869 1869 1869 1820
Statewide registration started in 1867 for births and deaths. General compliance by 1915.

County CourthouseEdit


County Clerk has birth records from 1868,
marriage, death, divorce and court records from 1869. [3]

HistoryEdit

Parent CountyEdit

1840--Wexford County was created 1 April 1840 from Mackinac County. Formerly Kautawaubet County, until name was changed to Wexford 8 March 1843. It was attached to Mackinac, Manistee, and Grand Traverse Counties prior to organization 30 March 1869.  County seat: Cadillac [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

Benzie  • Grand Traverse  • Kalkaska  • Lake County  • Manistee  • Missaukee  • Osceola

ResourcesEdit

CemeteriesEdit

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.

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 Wexford 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

Benzie CountyGrand Traverse CountyKalkaska CountyMissaukee CountyOsceola CountyLake CountyManistee CountyMI WEXFORD.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


MilitaryEdit

Civil WarEdit

Civil War service men from Wexford 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 Wexford County.

Online Records

World War IEdit
World War IIEdit
Korean WarEdit
Vietnam WarEdit

NewspapersEdit

Finding More Michigan NewspapersEdit

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

How to order Michigan Vital Records

BirthEdit
MarriageEdit
DeathEdit

Societies and LibrariesEdit

Wexford County Historical Society
127 Beech Street
Cadillac, MI 49601
Telephone: 231-775-1717
Website

Wexford County Historical Society
PO Box 124
Cadillac 49601

Cadillac Area Genealogical Society
8499 So. 27 1/2 Mile Rd.
Cadillac 49601

Manton Area Historical Society
PO Box 86
Manton 49663


Family History Centers
Edit

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, "Wexford County, Georgia" in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wexford_County,_Michigan accessed 8 Nov 2018
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wexford 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), Wexford County, Michigan page 351, 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, " Wexford County, Michigan," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wexford_County,_Michigan, accessed 16 November 2019.