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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Michigan]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Clinton County'''  
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Guide to '''Clinton County, Michigan ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Click|Image:MI_ORP.png|Michigan Online Genealogy Records}}  
 
{{Infobox U.S. County  
 
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| founded year = 1831
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| founded year = 1840
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| seat = St. Johns
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| seat = Harrisville
 
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| building address = Clinton County Courthouse<br>100 E State St.<br>P. O. Box 69<br>St. Johns, MI 48879-1571<br>Phone: (517) 224-5140 <br> [http://www.clinton-county.org/'''Clinton County Website'''] }}  
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| building address = Clinton County Courthouse<br>100 E State St.<br>P. O. Box 69<br>St. Johns, MI 48879-1571<br><br>Phone: (517) 224-5140 <br>[http://www.clinton-county.org '''Clinton County Website'''] }}
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=== County Information  ===
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[https://www.facebook.com/ClintonCountyMI?fref=ts Facebook]
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[http://www.genealogyinc.com/michigan/clinton-county/ Genealogy, Inc.]
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[http://www.infomi.com/county/clinton/ InfoMI]
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==== Clinton 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" | '''[[Clinton County, Michigan Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Clinton County, Michigan Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Clinton County, Michigan Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Clinton County, Michigan Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Clinton County, Michigan Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Clinton County, Michigan Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1867
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1840
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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" | 1837
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1840
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
<br>County Clerk has bird and&nbsp;death records from 1867, <br>marriage records from 1839, divorce records from <br>early 1800’s and court records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clinton County, Michigan page 344, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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<br>[http://www.clinton-county.org/Government/CountyClerk.aspx County Clerk] has birth and death records from 1867, <br>marriage records from 1839, divorce records from <br>early 1800’s and court records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Clinton County, Michigan page 344, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
  
*Named for DeWitt Clinton, U.S. Senator and Governor of New York
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*Named for DeWitt Clinton, U.S. Senator and Governor of New York  
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*[https://books.google.com/books?id=qqg_Vj1zbXMC&printsec=frontcover&dq=History+of+shiawassee+and+clinton&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj-5dzahPrKAhWC7CYKHbjFDOcQ6AEIHTAA#v=onepage&q=History%20of%20shiawassee%20and%20clinton&f=false History of Shiawassee and Clinton Counties, Michigan<br>]
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*[https://books.google.com/books?id=3U8fEbpWs2kC&printsec=frontcover&dq=clinton+county+michigan&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjH19eWhfrKAhUJTSYKHYe6Bd0Q6AEIHTAA#v=onepage&q=clinton%20county%20michigan&f=false Past and Present of Clinton County, Michigan by Judge S. B. DabollL<br>]
  
 
==== '''Parent County'''  ====
 
==== '''Parent County'''  ====
  
'''1831--'''Clinton County was created 2 March 1831&nbsp;from unoganized territory. It was attached to Kent and Shiawassee Counties prior to organization 12 March 1869.&nbsp; '''County seat:&nbsp; '''St. Johns <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1831--'''Clinton County was created 2 March 1831 from unoganized territory. It was attached to Kent and Shiawassee Counties prior to organization 12 March 1869. '''County seat '''St. Johns <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== 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.
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See also 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. <br>
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
  
*'''Cities: '''DeWitt . East Lansing . Grand Ledge . St. Johns  
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[http://www.mifamilyhistory.org/mi_places/Counties.aspx Michigan Community Names By County]<br>
*'''Villages:''' Eagle . Elsie . Fowler . Hubbardston . Maple Rapids . Ovid . Westphalia  
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*'''Townships:''' Bath . Bengal . Bingham . Dallas . DeWitt . Duplain . Eagle . Essex . Greenbush . Lebanon . Olive . Ovid . Riley . Victor . Watertown . Westphalia  
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[http://michigan.hometownlocator.com/features/cultural,class,post%20office,scfips,26045.cfm Post Offices]<br>
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[http://michigan.hometownlocator.com/features/historical,class,post%20office,scfips,26045.cfm Historic Post Offices]
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*'''Cities: '''
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''DeWitt''
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[https://www.facebook.com/pages/DeWitt-Charter-Township-Michigan/112193405463215?fref=ts Charter Township]
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[https://www.facebook.com/DeWittTownship?fref=ts Charter Township]
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''St. Johns''
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[https://www.facebook.com/pages/City-of-St-Johns-MI/146864202001578 City Hall]
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*'''Villages:''' Eagle . Elsie . Fowler . Hubbardston . Maple Rapids . Ovid .  
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''Westphalia''
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[https://www.facebook.com/groups/229118354667/ Genealogy group]
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*'''Townships:''' <br>
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''Bath ''. <br>
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History of Bath Charter Township, Clinton County, Michigan, 1826-1976, by Harold B. Burnett<br>
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Bengal . Bingham . Dallas . DeWitt . Duplain . Eagle . Essex . Greenbush . Lebanon . Olive . Ovid . Riley . Victor . Watertown . Westphalia<br>
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*'''Communities:''' Bath . Eureka . Matherton . Shepardsville . Wacousta
 
*'''Communities:''' Bath . Eureka . Matherton . Shepardsville . Wacousta
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
[[Eaton County, Michigan|Eaton]] | [[Gratiot County, Michigan|Gratiot]] | [[Ingham County, Michigan|Ingham]] | [[Ionia County, Michigan|Ionia]] | [[Montcalm County, Michigan|Montcalm]] | [[Saginaw County, Michigan|Saginaw]] | [[Shiawassee County, Michigan|Shiawassee]]  
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[[Eaton County, Michigan Genealogy|Eaton County]] {{•}} [[Gratiot County, Michigan Genealogy|Gratiot County]] {{•}} [[Ingham County, Michigan Genealogy|Ingham County]] {{•}} [[Ionia County, Michigan Genealogy|Ionia County]] {{•}} [[Montcalm County, Michigan Genealogy|Montcalm] County]] {{•}} [[Saginaw County, Michigan Genealogy|Saginaw County]] {{•}} [[Shiawassee County, Michigan Genealogy|Shiawasse County]]  
 
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<center>{{MIClinton County, Michigan Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
BillionGraves:  
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{| width="80%" cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=24&GScnty=1245&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|452733|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=24&CScnty=1245 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/mi/clinton/1901cemeteries.htm MIGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Clinton+Michigan&qt=results_page WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Michigan&county=Clinton&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/michigan/clinton.htm Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/mi/clinton.htm MIInterment]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://michigangravestones.org/cemeteries.php?selected_cid=19 MIGravestones]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=21714&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=34&stateAbbv=&stateName= EPodunk]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3" | See [[Michigan Cemeteries| Michigan Cemeteries]] for more information.
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=50087 Duplain Cemetery, St. Johns]  
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[http://geonames.usgs.gov/apex/f?p=gnispq:2:0::NO::P1_CLASS%2CP1_COUNTY%2CP1_STATE:Cemetery%2CClinton%2CMichigan USGS Geographic listing]<br>
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=147957 Gunnisonville Cemetery, Lansing Charter Township]
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[http://www.dewittlibrary.org/booksresearch/Cemetery.htm DeWitt area]<br>
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=50733 Hurd Cemetery, DeWitt]  
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=147348 Maple Grove Cemetery, Ovid]
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==== Census ====
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=51377 Mount Rest Cemetery, St. Johns]
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''' State Census'''
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=51847 Reed Cemetery, Laingsburg]
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*'''1894''' - {{RecordSearch|1825187|Michigan State Census, 1894}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=51937 Riverside Cemetery, Elsie]
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=52407 South Ovid Cemetery, St. Johns]
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=117106 Wilsey Cemetery, DeWitt]
 
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{MI Church Intro}}
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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==== Emigration and Immigration ====
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*'''1929 - 1966''' {{RecordSearch|2426314|Michigan, Crew Lists for various ports, 1929-1966}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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* [http://seekingmichigan.org/about/guides/immigration-naturalization-records Immigration &amp; Naturalization Records]<br>
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{MI Land Intro}}
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Article on [http://news.legacyfamilytree.com/legacy_news/2015/12/deconstructing-the-deed.html Deeds].
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{MI History Intro}}
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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[[Image:Miclinton.jpg|600px|Miclinton.jpg]]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/michigan/ Maps of Michigan (1790-1897)]
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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.livgenmi.com/1895/MI/County/clinton.htm 1895 County<br>]
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*Land Atlas &amp; Plat Book, Clinton County, Michigan, by Rockford Map Publishers.<br>
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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Civil War service men from Clinton 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 Clinton County.  
 
Civil War service men from Clinton 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 Clinton County.  
  
:-&nbsp; [[1st Regiment, Michigan Cavalry|1st Regiment, Michigan Cavalry]], Company D<br>&nbsp;
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:- [[1st Regiment, Michigan Cavalry|1st Regiment, Michigan Cavalry]], Company D<br>&nbsp;
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==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{MI Newspaper abstracts|Clinton}}
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==== Obituaries ====
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*'''1820-2006''' - {{RecordSearch|2215693|Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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{{MI Probate Intro|Clinton}}
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1784 – 1980''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8793 Michigan Wills and Probate Records 1784-1980] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1797 – 1973''' {{RecordSearch|2013878|Michigan Probate Records 1797-1973}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
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==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
  
*'''Michigan Birth Registrations, 1867-1902'''&nbsp;-- Free name indexes and images at [https://www.familysearch.org/#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1459684 FamilySearch]. Records include such information as name of child, birthdate and place, if still-born, illegitimate or twin, gender, race and record number.  
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{{MI Vital Intro}}
*'''Michigan Marriage Registrations, 1868-1925''' -- Free name indexes at [https://www.familysearch.org/#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1452395 FamilySearch]. &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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*[http://www.vitalrec.com/micounties1.html Clinton County Records]
*'''Michigan Death Registrations, 1867-1897 '''--&nbsp;Free name indexes and images&nbsp;at&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1452402 FamilySearch]. &nbsp;&nbsp;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.
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/michigan/mi-vital-records/ How to order Michigan Vital Records]
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=====Birth=====
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*'''1867-1902''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1459684 Michigan Birth Registrations, 1867-1902]-- Free name indexes and images at [https://www.familysearch.org/#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1459684 FamilySearch]. Records include such information as name of child, birthdate and place, if still-born, illegitimate or twin, gender, race and record number.  
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=====Marriage=====
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*'''1868-1925''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1452395 Michigan Marriage Registrations, 1868-1925] -- Free name indexes at [https://www.familysearch.org/#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1452395 FamilySearch]. &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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=====Death=====
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*'''1867-1897''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1452402 Michigan Death Registrations, 1867-1897] --&nbsp;<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1236870413453_862" /><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1236870413453_263" />&nbsp;Free name indexes and images&nbsp;at&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1452402 FamilySearch]. &nbsp;&nbsp;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  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
*[http://www.dewittlibrary.com/ DeWitt District Library]  
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*[http://www.dewittlibrary.com/CCHS/ Genealogists of the Clinton County Historical Society]
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'''Clinton County Historical Society'''<br> 100 E. State Street<br> St. Johns, MI 48879<br>Telephone: 989-224-5100<br>
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'''Clinton County Historical Society, Genealogists Of The'''<br> PO Box 23<br> St. Johns, MI 48879<br>Telephone: 517-482-5117<br>[http://www.dewittlibrary.org/CCHS/ Website]<br>
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'''Grand Ledge Area Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 203<br>Grand Ledge, MI 48837<br>
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*[http://www.dewittlibrary.com DeWitt District Library]<br>
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*[http://briggs.ploud.net/ Briggs Public Library, St. Johns.<br>]
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*[http://elsiepubliclibrary.weebly.com/ Elsie Public Library], [https://www.facebook.com/Elsie-Public-Library-219936151354508/?fref=nf Facebook]<br>
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*[http://www.wplc.org/mrpl/ Maple Rapids], [https://www.facebook.com/maplerapidspubliclibrary/ Facebook]<br>
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*[http://www.wplc.org/ovi/ Ovid Public Library], [https://www.facebook.com/ovidpubliclibrary/ Facebook] <br>
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*[http://www.dewittlibrary.com/CCHS Genealogists of the Clinton County Historical Society]<br>
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*[http://elsie.org/HistoricalSociety.aspx Elsie Historical Society]<br>
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/michigan/mi-society-archive/ List of Michigan Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]<br>
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==== State wide or ethnic groups  ====
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''AFRICAN-AMERICAN''
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[http://www.fhwgs.org/ Fred Hart Williams Genealogical Society] <br> c/o Burton Historical Collection, DPL<br>5201 Woodward Avenue<br>Detroit MI 48202-4007<br>Publication is Fred Hart Williams Genealogical Society News published twice a year<br>Located in Wayne County<br>MGC Member of Michigan Genealogical Council
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[http://www.laaags.org/ Lansing Area African American Genealogical Society]<br> Post Office Box 22203<br> Lansing MI 48909-2203<br>Publication is Newsletter published quarterly<br> Member of Michigan Genealogical Council
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''CORNISH''
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[http://keweenawkernewek.org/ Keweenaw Houghton Cornish Society of the Copper Country]<br> Cornish Connection Of Lower Michigan<br> 8494 Wesley Drive<br> Flushing, MI 48433
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''DUTCH''
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[http://jointarchives.org/ Joint Archives of Holland, Hope College]
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''FINNISH''
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[http://www.finlandia.edu/fahc.html Finnish American Heritage Center]
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''FLEMISH''
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[http://www.flemishlibrary.org/ Genealogical Society of Flemish Americans], [https://www.facebook.com/FlemishLibrary?fref=ts Facebook Page]
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''FRENCH-CANADIAN (includes Acadian, Cajun and Metis)''
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[http://www.habitantheritage.org/ French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan]<br> PO Box 1900<br>Royal Oak, MI 48068-1900<br>Publication is Michigan's Habitat Heritage published quarterly<br>Located in Oakland County <br> MGC Member of Michigan Genealogical Council<br> [https://www.facebook.com/groups/109717099063919 Facebook Page]
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''IRISH''
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[http://miigsm.org/ Irish Genealogical Society of Michigan]<br> c/o Gaelic League/Irish American Club<br>2068 Michigan Avenue<br>Detroit, MI 48216-1303<br>Publication is Irish Tree published nine times a year<br>Located in Wayne County<br>MGC Member of Michigan Genealogical Council <br> [https://www.facebook.com/pages/Irish-Genealogical-Society-of-Michigan/236855006444065?fref=ts Facebook Page]
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[http://www.genealogytoday.com/us/places.mv?ID=8033 Wayne County Irish Society]<br> 31975 Cowan<br>Westland, MI 48185
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''ITALIAN''
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[http://presjcalderone.wix.com/iacc Americans Of Italian Origin Society ]<br> 18336 Lister E.<br>Detroit, MI 48021
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''JEWISH''
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[http://jgsmi.org/ Jewish Genealogical Society of Michigan]<br> PO Box 251693<br>West Bloomfield, MI 48325-1693<br>Publication is Generations published quarterly<br>Located in Oakland County<br>MGC Member of Michigan Genealogical Council [https://www.facebook.com/jgsmi Facebook Page]
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''POLISH''
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[http://www.pgsm.org/ Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan] <br> c/o Burton Collection<br>5201 Woodward Avenue<br>Detroit, MI 48202-4007<br>Publication is The Polish Eaglet published three times a year<br>Located in Wayne County<br>MGC Member of Michigan Genealogical Council <br> [https://www.facebook.com/groups/84920869072 Facebook Page]
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[http://www.polishheritagesociety.com/ Polish Heritage Society]<br> P.O. Box 1844<br>Grand Rapids, MI 49501
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''SCOTTISH''
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[http://www.detroitscots.com/ The St. Andrew's Society of Detroit]<br> 2360 Rochester Ct<br>Troy, Mi 48083<br>Phone: 248-526-1849<br>Fax: 248-528-1477<br>Contact: kilgour@detroitscots.com<br>
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*''ANISHNAWBE ''(Chippewa / Ojibwe, Ottawa / Odawa, Potawatomi Indians)
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[http://lists.rootsweb.ancestry.com/index/other/Ethnic-Native/NISHNAWBE.html RootsWeb NISHNAWBE Mailing List]<br> [[Main Page|Ottawa_Indians]] A starting point for doing Ottawa/Odawa Indian genealogy research<br> [http://www.nokomis.org/ Nokomis Learning Center]<br>[https://www.facebook.com/nokomislearningcenter?fref=ts Nokomis Learning Center Facebook Page]<br><br>
  
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
*[[Lansing Michigan Family History Center]]
 
  
== Web Sites  ==
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers|Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*[[Lansing Michigan Family History Center|Lansing Michigan Family History Center]]
  
*{{FHL|Michigan%2C+Clinton|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}<br>  
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*[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~miclinto/ The Clinton County MIGenWeb Project], an member of [[MIGenWeb|The MIGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].
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== Websites  ==
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/michigan/clinton-county/ Clinton 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]
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*{{FHL|Michigan%2C+Clinton|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}<br>  
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*[http://clinton.migenweb.net/ The Clinton County MIGenWeb Project], a member of [[MIGenWeb|The MIGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].&nbsp;[http://www.usgwarchives.net/mi/clinton.htm Archives Project]<br>
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/MI/Clinton-County.htm Clinton County MI Genealogy] (LDS Genealogy)
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*[http://genealogytrails.com/mich/clinton/ Genealogy Trails<br>]
  
 
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Latest revision as of 23:31, 20 June 2017

United States
Michigan Genealogy
Clinton County

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

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Clinton County, Michigan
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Location of Michigan in the U.S.
Facts
Founded April 1, 1840
County Seat Harrisville
Courthouse
Address Clinton County Courthouse
100 E State St.
P. O. Box 69
St. Johns, MI 48879-1571

Phone: (517) 224-5140
Clinton County Website


County Information

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Clinton County, Michigan Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1867 1840 1867 1820 1837 1840

County Courthouse


County Clerk has birth and death records from 1867,
marriage records from 1839, divorce records from
early 1800’s and court records. [2]

History

Parent County

1831--Clinton County was created 2 March 1831 from unoganized territory. It was attached to Kent and Shiawassee Counties prior to organization 12 March 1869. County seat St. Johns [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.

See also 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

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Michigan Community Names By County

Post Offices

Historic Post Offices

  • Cities:

DeWitt

Charter Township

Charter Township

St. Johns

City Hall

  • Villages: Eagle . Elsie . Fowler . Hubbardston . Maple Rapids . Ovid .

Westphalia

Genealogy group

  • Townships:

Bath .

History of Bath Charter Township, Clinton County, Michigan, 1826-1976, by Harold B. Burnett

Bengal . Bingham . Dallas . DeWitt . Duplain . Eagle . Essex . Greenbush . Lebanon . Olive . Ovid . Riley . Victor . Watertown . Westphalia

  • Communities: Bath . Eureka . Matherton . Shepardsville . Wacousta

Neighboring Counties

Eaton County  • Gratiot County  • Ingham County  • Ionia County  • Montcalm] County  • Saginaw County  • Shiawasse County

Clinton CountyIonia CountyMontcalm CountyGenesee CountyLivingston CountyBarry CountyEaton CountyIngham CountyShiawassee CountySaginaw CountyGratiot CountyMIClinton.JPG


Resources

Cemeteries

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
MIGenWeb Archives WorldCat Billion Graves
Tombstone Project
MIInterment
MIGravestones
EPodunk
Billion Graves
See Michigan Cemeteries for more information.

USGS Geographic listing
DeWitt area

Census

State Census

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.

Court

Emigration and Immigration

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.

Article on Deeds.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Clinton 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

Miclinton.jpg

Military

Civil War

Civil War service men from Clinton 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 Clinton County.


- 1st Regiment, Michigan Cavalry, Company D
 


Newspapers

Finding More Michigan Newspapers

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

Obituaries

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, Clinton and search for Probate records in the list.

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

Online Probate Records

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.

Birth
Marriage
  • 1868-1925 - 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.
Death
  • 1867-1897 - 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

Clinton County Historical Society
100 E. State Street
St. Johns, MI 48879
Telephone: 989-224-5100

Clinton County Historical Society, Genealogists Of The
PO Box 23
St. Johns, MI 48879
Telephone: 517-482-5117
Website

Grand Ledge Area Historical Society
PO Box 203
Grand Ledge, MI 48837

State wide or ethnic groups

AFRICAN-AMERICAN

Fred Hart Williams Genealogical Society
c/o Burton Historical Collection, DPL
5201 Woodward Avenue
Detroit MI 48202-4007
Publication is Fred Hart Williams Genealogical Society News published twice a year
Located in Wayne County
MGC Member of Michigan Genealogical Council

Lansing Area African American Genealogical Society
Post Office Box 22203
Lansing MI 48909-2203
Publication is Newsletter published quarterly
Member of Michigan Genealogical Council

CORNISH

Keweenaw Houghton Cornish Society of the Copper Country
Cornish Connection Of Lower Michigan
8494 Wesley Drive
Flushing, MI 48433

DUTCH

Joint Archives of Holland, Hope College

FINNISH

Finnish American Heritage Center

FLEMISH

Genealogical Society of Flemish Americans, Facebook Page

FRENCH-CANADIAN (includes Acadian, Cajun and Metis)

French-Canadian Heritage Society of Michigan
PO Box 1900
Royal Oak, MI 48068-1900
Publication is Michigan's Habitat Heritage published quarterly
Located in Oakland County
MGC Member of Michigan Genealogical Council
Facebook Page

IRISH

Irish Genealogical Society of Michigan
c/o Gaelic League/Irish American Club
2068 Michigan Avenue
Detroit, MI 48216-1303
Publication is Irish Tree published nine times a year
Located in Wayne County
MGC Member of Michigan Genealogical Council
Facebook Page

Wayne County Irish Society
31975 Cowan
Westland, MI 48185

ITALIAN

Americans Of Italian Origin Society
18336 Lister E.
Detroit, MI 48021

JEWISH

Jewish Genealogical Society of Michigan
PO Box 251693
West Bloomfield, MI 48325-1693
Publication is Generations published quarterly
Located in Oakland County
MGC Member of Michigan Genealogical Council Facebook Page

POLISH

Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan
c/o Burton Collection
5201 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202-4007
Publication is The Polish Eaglet published three times a year
Located in Wayne County
MGC Member of Michigan Genealogical Council
Facebook Page

Polish Heritage Society
P.O. Box 1844
Grand Rapids, MI 49501

SCOTTISH

The St. Andrew's Society of Detroit
2360 Rochester Ct
Troy, Mi 48083
Phone: 248-526-1849
Fax: 248-528-1477
Contact: kilgour@detroitscots.com

  • ANISHNAWBE (Chippewa / Ojibwe, Ottawa / Odawa, Potawatomi Indians)

RootsWeb NISHNAWBE Mailing List
Ottawa_Indians A starting point for doing Ottawa/Odawa Indian genealogy research
Nokomis Learning Center
Nokomis Learning Center Facebook Page

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 center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


Websites

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), Clinton 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).