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

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Cheboygan County, Michigan
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Location of Michigan in the U.S.
Founded April 1, 1840
County Seat Cheboygan
Address Cheboygan County Courthouse
870 South Main St.
P. O. Box 70
Cheboygan, MI 49721
Phone: (231) 627-8809
Cheboygan County Website


County Information

Cheboygan County, Michigan Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1867 1867 1867 1820 1865 1872

County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth, marriage and death records from 1867,
divorce and court records from 1884.
Register of Probate has probate records from 1854.
Register of Deeds has land records from 1854. [2]


Parent County

1840--Cheboygan County was created 1 April 1840 from Mackinac County. It was attached to Mackinac County prior to ogranization 29 January 1853. County seat: Cheboygan [3]

Boundary Changes

See COUNTY EVOLUTION IN MICHIGAN, 1790-1897 by Richard W. Welch for the development of the counties in the state. This will help you to determine place of residence of your ancestors and under whose civil jurisdiction they resided. It is also useful for when you start to read the census records.
For animated maps illustrating Michigan county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Michigan County Boundary Maps" (1790-1897) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss

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


Populated Places

  • City: Cheboygan
  • Villages: Mackinaw City . Wolverine
  • Townships: Aloha . Beaugrand . Benton . Burt . Ellis . Forest . Grant . Hebron. Inverness . Koehler . Mackinaw . Mentor . Mullett . Munro . Nunda . Tuscarora . Walker . Waverly . Wilmot (note: There was Maple Grove, became part of Forest in 1942.)
  • Communities: Afton . Aloha . Burt Lake . Elmhurst . Indian River . Mullett Lake . Topinabee

Neighboring Counties

Charlevoix  • Emmet  • Mackinac  • Montmorency  • Otsego  • Presque Isle

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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

Local histories are available for Cheboygan 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.




Civil War

Civil War service men from Cheboygan 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 Cheboygan County.



Finding More Michigan Newspapers

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


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, Cheboygan and search for Probate records in the list.

Note: Not every county in Michigan will have Probate Records in the FamilySearch Catalog.


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. 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

Family History Centers

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. See Family History Centers for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Web Sites


  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 369-384. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Cheboygan County, Michigan page 344, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).


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