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

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Barry County, Michigan
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Location of Michigan in the U.S.
Founded October 29, 1829
County Seat Hastings
Address Barry County Courthouse
220 W State St.
Hastings, MI 49058
Phone: (269) 945-1285 616-948-4810
Barry County Website


County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1867,
marriage records from 1839, divorce records
from 1869 and court records from 1845.
Probate Court has probate records.
Register of Deeds has land records. [1]


Parent County

1829--Barry County was created 29 October 1829 from unorganized territory. It was attached to St. Joseph and Kalamazoo Counties prior to organization 15 March 1839.

County seat

Hastings [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

  • City: Hastings
  • Villages: Freeport | Middleville | Nashville | Woodland
  • Townships: Assyria | Baltimore | Barry | Carlton | Castleton | Hastings | Hope | Irving | Johnstown | Maple Grove | Orangeville | Prairieville | Rutland Charter | Thornapple | Woodland | Yankee Springs
  • Communities: Assyria | Banfield | Cloverdale | Coats Grove | Delton | Dowling | Hickory Corners | Lacey | Maple Grove | Prairieville | Quimby | Schultz

Neighboring Counties

Allegan | Calhoun | Eaton | Ionia | Kalamazoo | Kent






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.





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), Barry 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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