Clinton County, Michigan Genealogy

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

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Clinton County, Michigan
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Location of Michigan in the U.S.
Founded March 2, 1831
County Seat St. Johns
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 Courthouse

County Clerk has bird and death records from 1867,
marriage records from 1839, divorce records from
early 1800’s and court records. [1]


  • Named for DeWitt Clinton, U.S. Senator and Governor of New York

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 [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

  • Cities: DeWitt . East Lansing . Grand Ledge . St. Johns
  • Villages: Eagle . Elsie . Fowler . Hubbardston . Maple Rapids . Ovid . Westphalia
  • Townships: Bath . Bengal . Bingham . Dallas . DeWitt . Duplain . Eagle . Essex . Greenbush . Lebanon . Olive . Ovid . Riley . Victor . Watertown . Westphalia
  • Communities: Bath . Eureka . Matherton . Shepardsville . Wacousta

Neighboring Counties

Eaton | Gratiot | Ingham | Ionia | Montcalm | Saginaw | Shiawassee





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.



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 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.




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


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:


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.


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.

  • 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), Clinton County, Michigan page 344, 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).