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County Courthouse


Parent County

1857--Bay County was created 20 April 1857 from Saginaw, Midland, and Arenac Counties.
County seat: Bay City [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

  • Cities: Auburn | Bay City | Essexville | Pinconning | Midland
  • Village: none
  • Townships: Bangor | Beaver | Frankenlust | Fraser | Garfield | Gibson | Hampton | Kawkawlin  Merritt . Monitor . Mount Forest . Pinconning . Portsmouth . Williams
  • Communities: Bentley . Crump, Duel, Kawkawlin | Linwood | Mount Forest | Munger | Willard | University Center

Neighboring Counties

Arenac | Gladwin | Midland | Saginaw | Tuscola




Bay County is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Saginaw.



Local Histories






Vital Records

  • Michigan Birth Registrations, 1867-1902 -- Free name indexes and images at FamilySearch - Pilot. 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 - Pilot.  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 - Pilot.   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

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).


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