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Guide to Kalamazoo County Michigan ancestry, family history, and genealogy research page. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Kalamazoo County, Michigan
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Location of Michigan in the U.S.
Facts
Founded October 29, 1829
County Seat Kalamazoo
Courthouse
Address Kalamazoo County Courthouse
201 W Kalamazoo Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Phone: (269) 383-8840
Kalamazoo County Website

Contents

County Courthouse


County Clerk has birth and death records from 1867,
marriage records from 1831, divorce and court records from 1800’s.
Probate Courth has probate records.
Register of Deeds has land records. [1]

History

Parent County

1829--Kalamazoo County was created 29 October 1829 from unorganized territory.  It was attached to St. Joseph County prior to organization 1 October 1830. County seat: Kalamazoo [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

Augusta

Climax

Galesburg

Kalamazoo

Parchment

Portage

Richland

Schoolcraft

Vicksburg

Neighboring Counties

Allegan  • Barry  • Branch  • Calhoun  • Cass  • St. Joseph  • Van Buren

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Resources

Cemeteries

some partial transcriptions are available at Rootsweb:  www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mikccem/burialbycemetery.htm  Burials (through 2006) at Riverside Cemetery are available at this site as a PDF.

The Kalamazoo County US GenWeb Page has a list of cemeteries at:  www.migenweb.org/kalamazoo/cemindex.htm.

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.

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 Kalamazoo 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.

Histories of many of the villages in Kalamazoo were described in the 1869 Kalamazoo directory which is available for free from www.archive.org.

Maps

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Military

Civil War

Civil War service men from Kalamazoo 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 Kalamazoo County.

- 1st Regiment, Michigan Cavalry, Companies I and M
- 12th Regiment, Michigan Infantry, Companies F, H, and Unassigned
- 17th Regiment, Michigan Infantry, Companies D, I, and K

Newspapers

Kalamazoo Gazette (various incarnations 1837-present).  The Kalamazoo Public Library is indexing the newspaper which is searchable online through their website:  www.kpl.gov  The continually updated index can be searched by going to Research-> Genealogy -> Local Information Databases -> Search Local Newspapers (select "subject" from the drop down box).  Obituaries are available for a small fee.

Kalamazoo Telegraph (various incarnations 1845-1916).  The Kalamazoo Public Library is digitizing this paper.  It is currently searchable (1868-1899) from their website.

The Saginaw News[1]

Obituaries

Southwest Michigan Obituary Index from the earliest date to 2000.

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 - Kalamazoo - 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.

  • How to order Michigan Vital Records
  • Michigan Birth Registrations, 1867-1902 -- Free name indexes and images at FamilySearch Record Search. 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 Record Search.  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 Record Search.   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

Family History Centers

Genealogical Socities

Web Sites

References

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Kalamazoo County, Michigan page 346, 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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