Arenac County, Michigan Genealogy

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

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Online Records

Arenac County, Michigan
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Location of Michigan in the U.S.
Founded April 21, 1883
County Seat Hettinger
Address Arenac County Courthouse
120 N Grove St.
P. O. Box 747
Standish, MI 48658
Phone: 989-846-4626
Arenac County Website


County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth, marriage, death, divorce
and court records from 1883 and burial records from 1952. [1]


Parent County

1883--Arenac County was created 21 April 1883 from Bay County. County seat: Standish [2]

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.

Record Loss


Populated Places

Cities: Au Gres | Omer | Standish




The Story of Standish and its People, 1876-1976 by Allan McCready

Villages: Sterling | Turner | Twining
  • Sterling,_Michigan

  • Turner,_Michigan

  • Twining,_Michigan

Townships: Adams | Arenac | Au Gres | Clayton | Deep River | Lincoln | Mason | Moffatt | Sims | Standish | Turner | Whitney
  • Adams,_Arenac_County,_Michigan

  • Arenac,_Michigan

  • AuGres,_Michigan

  • Clayton,_Arenac_County,_Michigan

  • Communities: Alger | Delano | Maple Ridge | Melita | Pine River

Neighboring Counties

Bay | Gladwin | Losco | Ogemaw






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



Civil War

Civil War service men from Arenac 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 Arenac County.




Queries: Message Boards and Mailing Lists


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

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Arenac 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).