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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Michigan Genealogy|Michigan]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' ''Oakland County''  
  
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Guide to '''Oakland County, Michigan ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Oakland County
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| state = Michigan
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| founded year = 1819
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| founded date = January 12
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| seat = Pontiac
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| building address = Oakland County Courthouse<br>1200 N Telegraph Rd.<br>Pontiac, MI 48341<br>Phone:248.858.0572<br> [http://www.oakgov.com/circuit/'''Oakland County Website'''] }}
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=== County Information ===
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==== Oakland County, Michigan Record Dates  ====
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>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</ref></center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Oakland County, Michigan Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Oakland County, Michigan Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Oakland County, Michigan Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Oakland County, Michigan Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Oakland County, Michigan Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Oakland County, Michigan Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1867
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1827
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1867
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1820
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1821
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1822
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
[http://www.oakgov.com/circuit/ Oakland County Courthouse]<br>1200 N Telegraph Rd.<br>Pontiac, MI 48341<br>Phone:248.858.0572<br><br>County Clerk has birth and death records from 1867, <br>marriage and naturalization records from 1827. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Oakland County, Michigan page 349, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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<br>County Clerk has birth and death records from 1867, <br>marriage and naturalization records from 1827. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Oakland County, Michigan page 349, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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For animated maps illustrating Michigan county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/michigan/ "Rotating Formation Michigan County Boundary Maps"] (1790-1897) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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For a list of record loss in Michigan counties see: [http://www.genealogyinc.com/michigan/mi-counties.html#courthouse Michigan Counties with Burned Courthouses]
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
Avon (extinct)  
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Avon (extinct) - now Rochester Hills&nbsp;
  
 
Bloomfield  
 
Bloomfield  
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Genesee County, Michigan|Genesee]]  
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[[Genesee County, Michigan Genealogy|Genesee]] {{•}} [[Lapeer County, Michigan Genealogy|Lapeer]] {{•}} [[Livingston County, Michigan Genealogy|Livingston]] {{•}} [[Macomb County, Michigan Genealogy|Macomb]] {{•}} [[Washtenaw County, Michigan Genealogy|Washtenaw]] {{•}} [[Wayne County, Michigan Genealogy|Wayne]]  
*[[Lapeer County, Michigan|Lapeer]]  
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<center>{{MIOakland County, Michigan Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Livingston County, Michigan|Livingston]]  
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*[[Macomb County, Michigan|Macomb]]  
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*[[Washtenaw County, Michigan|Washtenaw]]  
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*[[Wayne County, Michigan|Wayne]]
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
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==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{MI Church Intro}}
  
 
LDS Ward and&nbsp;Branch&nbsp;Records  
 
LDS Ward and&nbsp;Branch&nbsp;Records  
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==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{MI History Intro}}
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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[[Image:Mioakland.jpg|600px|Mioakland.jpg]]
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/michigan/ Maps of Michigan (1790-1897)]
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
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==== Newspapers  ====
 
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{{MI Newspaper abstracts|Alcona}}
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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{{MI Probate Intro|Oakland}}
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
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The [http://www.oakgov.com/clerkrod/vital_records/Pages/birth_death_marriage_certificates.aspx Oakland County Clerk's office] provides certified copies of Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates for these events that occurred in Oakland County. &nbsp;Birth Records prior to 1935 or Marriage/Death Records prior to 1942 are available in person or by mail only while other years can be requested online.&nbsp; Birth Records over 100 years old, all Marriage Records, and all Death Records are public information.&nbsp; Birth Records less than 100 years are available only to eligible persons.
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/michigan/mi-vital-records/ How to order Michigan Vital Records]
 
*'''Michigan Birth Registrations, 1867-1902'''&nbsp;-- Free name indexes and images at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1459684 FamilySearch Record Search]. Records include such information as name of child, birthdate and place, if still-born, illegitimate or twin, gender, race and record number.  
 
*'''Michigan Birth Registrations, 1867-1902'''&nbsp;-- Free name indexes and images at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1459684 FamilySearch Record Search]. 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 [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1452395 FamilySearch Record Search]. &nbsp;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 Marriage Registrations, 1868-1925''' -- Free name indexes at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1452395 FamilySearch Record Search]. &nbsp;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.  
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== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
Oakland County Genealogical Society, [http://www.ocgsmi.org Website].  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/michigan/mi-society-archive/ List of Michigan Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
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*Oakland County Genealogical Society, [http://www.ocgsmi.org Website].
  
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
*[[Bloomfield Hills Michigan Family History Center]]  
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*[[Pontiac Michigan Family History Center]]  
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
*[[Rochester Michigan Family History Center]]
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*[[Bloomfield Hills Michigan Family History Center]] 37425 Woodward Ave, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304 United States
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*[[Pontiac Michigan Family History Center]] 5464 Waterford Rd, Clarkston, MI 48346 United States
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*[[Rochester Michigan Family History Center]] 1618 Brewster Rd, Rochester Hills, MI 48306 United States
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/michigan/oakland-county/ Oakland County, MI History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/117010845362856133445 Michigan Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/241315555879711/ Michigan Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
 
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
*{{FHL|Michigan%2C+Oakland|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*{{FHL|Michigan%2C+Oakland|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==

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United States Gotoarrow.png Michigan Gotoarrow.png Oakland County

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

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Oakland County, Michigan
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Location of Michigan in the U.S.
Facts
Founded January 12, 1819
County Seat Pontiac
Courthouse
Address Oakland County Courthouse
1200 N Telegraph Rd.
Pontiac, MI 48341
Phone:248.858.0572
Oakland County Website

Contents

County Information

Oakland County, Michigan Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1867 1827 1867 1820 1821 1822

County Courthouse


County Clerk has birth and death records from 1867,
marriage and naturalization records from 1827. [2]

History

The town of Rochester was formed at about the time Ann Arbor was formed in [Washtenaw County]. It is north and west of Detroit. The Mack Family built the road that ran from Detroit to Pontiac and the road which split off that and went to Rochester.

Parent County

1819--Oakland County was created 12 January 1819 from Macomb County.  It was attached to Macomb County prior to organization  28 March 1820. County seat: Pontiac [3]

Boundary Changes

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.

Record Loss

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

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Avon (extinct) - now Rochester Hills 

Bloomfield

Commerce

Farmington

Farmington Hills

Holly

Lake Orion

Milford

Novi

Pontiac

Rochester

Royal Oak

Southfield

Troy

Waterford

West Bloomfield

Neighboring Counties

Genesee  • Lapeer  • Livingston  • Macomb  • Washtenaw  • Wayne

Tuscola CountySaginaw CountyJackson CountyWayne CountyWashtenaw CountyLivingston CountyShiawassee CountyClinton CountyGenesee CountyLapeer CountyMacomb CountyOakland CountyIngham CountySanilac CountySt. Clair CountyMIOakland.JPG


Resources

Cemeteries

Oakland County, Michigan Cemeteries

Irwin I. Cohn Michigan Jewish Cemetery Index - online index to more than 64,000 Jewish burials from the mid-1800’s to 1999.


Church

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.

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Pontiac

Court

Land

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 Oakland 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.

Maps

Mioakland.jpg

Military

Civil War

Civil War service men from Oakland 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 Oakland County.

- 1st Regiment, Michigan Cavalry, Company G


Newspapers

Finding More Michigan Newspapers

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

Probate

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, Oakland and search for Probate records in the list.

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

Taxation

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.

The Oakland County Clerk's office provides certified copies of Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates for these events that occurred in Oakland County.  Birth Records prior to 1935 or Marriage/Death Records prior to 1942 are available in person or by mail only while other years can be requested online.  Birth Records over 100 years old, all Marriage Records, and all Death Records are public information.  Birth Records less than 100 years are available only to eligible persons.


  • How to order Michigan Vital Records
  • Michigan Birth Registrations, 1867-1902 -- Free name indexes and images at FamilySearch Record Search. 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 Record Search.  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 Record Search.   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

References

  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), Oakland County, Michigan page 349, 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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