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Guide to Bay County Michigan genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Bay County, Michigan
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Location of Michigan in the U.S.
Facts
Founded April 20, 1857
County Seat Bay City
Courthouse
Address Bay County Courthouse
515 Center Avenue, Ste. 101
Bay City, MI 48708-5122
Phone: (989) 895-4280
Fax: (989) 895-4284
Bay County Website

Contents

County Courthouse


County Clerk has birth records from 1868,
marriage records from 1857, death records from 1867,
divorce records from 1883 and court records from 1965.
Probate Court has probate records.
Register of Deeds has land records. [1]

History

Parent County

1857--Bay County was created 20 April 1857 from Saginaw, Midland, and Arenac Counties.
County seat

Bay City [2]

Boundary Changes

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

For a list of record loss in Michigan counties see: Michigan Counties with Burned Courthouses

Places/Localities

Populated Places

  • Cities: Auburn | Bay City | Essexville | Pinconning | Midland
  • Village: none
  • Townships: Bangor | Beaver | Frankenlust | Fraser | Garfield | Gibson | Hampton | Kawkawlin  Merritt . Monitor . Mount Forest . Pinconning . Portsmouth . Williams
  • Communities: Bentley . Crump, Duel, Kawkawlin | Linwood | Mount Forest | Munger | Willard | University Center

Neighboring Counties

Arenac  • Gladwin  • Midland  • Saginaw  • Tuscola

Huron CountyTuscola CountySanilac CountySaginaw CountyGladwin CountyOgemaw CountyRoscommon CountyIosco CountyArenac CountyClare CountyIsabella CountyMidland CountyMontcalm CountyGratiot CountyGenesee CountyLapeer CountySt. Clair CountyBay CountyMIBay.JPG


Resources

Cemeteries

Church

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.

Bay County is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saginaw.

Court

Land

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

Local histories are available for Bay County, Michigan. 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

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Military

Civil War

Civil War service men from Bay 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 Bay County.

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Newspapers

The Saginaw News[1]

Probate

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 - Bay - Probate records.

Taxation

Vital Records

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.

See also How to order Michigan Vital Records


  • Michigan Birth Registrations, 1867-1902 -- Free name indexes and images at FamilySearch. Records include such information as name of child, birthdate and place, if still-born, illegitimate or twin, gender, race and record number.
  • Michigan Marriage Registrations, 1868-1925 -- Free name indexes at FamilySearch.  Records include such information as names of bride and groom, date of license, ages, race, residences, birthplaces, occupations and names of the fathers of the bride and groom.
  • Michigan Death Registrations, 1867-1897 -- Free name indexes and images at FamilySearch.   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.

Societies and Libraries

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Bay County, Michigan page 343, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).

 

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