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Guide to Clinton County Michigan genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
|Clinton County, Michigan|
Location of Michigan in the U.S.
|Founded||April 1, 1840|
|Address|| Clinton County Courthouse|
100 E State St.
P. O. Box 69
St. Johns, MI 48879-1571
Phone: (517) 224-5140
Clinton County Website
County Clerk has birth and death records from 1867,
marriage records from 1839, divorce records from
early 1800’s and court records. 
- Named for DeWitt Clinton, U.S. Senator and Governor of New York
1831--Clinton County was created 2 March 1831 from unoganized territory. It was attached to Kent and Shiawassee Counties prior to organization 12 March 1869. County seat St. Johns 
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.
For a list of record loss in Michigan counties see: Michigan Counties with Burned Courthouses
- Cities: DeWitt . East Lansing . Grand Ledge . St. Johns
- Villages: Eagle . Elsie . Fowler . Hubbardston . Maple Rapids . Ovid . Westphalia
- Townships: Bath . Bengal . Bingham . Dallas . DeWitt . Duplain . Eagle . Essex . Greenbush . Lebanon . Olive . Ovid . Riley . Victor . Watertown . Westphalia
- Communities: Bath . Eureka . Matherton . Shepardsville . Wacousta
- Duplain Cemetery, St. Johns
- Gunnisonville Cemetery, Lansing Charter Township
- Hurd Cemetery, DeWitt<
- Maple Grove Cemetery, Ovid
- Mount Rest Cemetery, St. Johns
- Reed Cemetery, Laingsburg
- Riverside Cemetery, Elsie
- South Ovid Cemetery, St. Johns
- Wilsey Cemetery, DeWitt
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.
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 are available for Clinton 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 of Michigan (1790-1897)
- Family Maps of Clinton County, Michigan (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
Civil War service men from Clinton 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 Clinton County.
- - <a href="1st Regiment, Michigan Cavalry">1st Regiment, Michigan Cavalry</a>, Company D
Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Clinton County, Michigan newspapers in online catalogs like:
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- How to order Michigan Vital Records
- Michigan Birth Registrations, 1867-1902 -- Free name indexes and images at <a href="https://www.familysearch.org/#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1459684">FamilySearch</a>. 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 <a href="https://www.familysearch.org/#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1452395">FamilySearch</a>. 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 <a href="https://www.familysearch.org/#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1452402">FamilySearch</a>. 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
- List of Michigan Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical & Genealogical Societies
- DeWitt District Library
- Genealogists of the Clinton County Historical Society
Family History Centers
- Clinton County, MI History, Records, Facts and Genealogy
- Michigan Genealogy Network Community on Google+
- Michigan Genealogy Network Group on Facebook
- Family History Library Catalog
- The Clinton County MIGenWeb Project, an member of The MIGenWeb Project, an affiliate of The USGenWeb Project.
- ↑ Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clinton County, Michigan page 344, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
- ↑ The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
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