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{{Michigan-stub}}&nbsp;''[[United States|United States&nbsp;]] &gt; [[Michigan|Michigan]]&nbsp;&gt; Gratiot County'' <br>
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Michigan Genealogy|Michigan]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' Gratiot County  
  
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Guide to '''Gratiot 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}}
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{{Infobox U.S. County
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| county = Gratiot County
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| county_map =
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| state = Michigan
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| founded year = 1831
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| founded date = March 2
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| seat = Ithaca
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| building image =
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| building address = 214 East Center St.<br>Ithaca, MI 48847<br>Phone: (517) 875-5215<br> [http://www.gratiotmi.com/ '''Gratiot County Website'''] }}
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=== County Information  ===
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==== Gratiot 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" | '''[[Gratiot County, Michigan Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Gratiot County, Michigan Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Gratiot County, Michigan Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Gratiot County, Michigan Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Gratiot County, Michigan Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Gratiot County, Michigan Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1867
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1867
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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" | 1847
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1867
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
[http://www.gratiotmi.com/ www.gratiotmi.com/]
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[http://www.gratiotmi.com/Departments/County-Clerk County Clerk] has birth, death, divorce and court records from 1867 and marriage records from 1855. <br> [http://www.gratiotmi.com/Law-Justice/Probate-Court Probate Court] has probate records. <br> [http://www.gratiotmi.com/Departments/Register-of-Deeds Register of Deeds] has land records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Gratiot County, Michigan page 345, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
 
 
[http://www.co.gratiot.mi.us/clerk/index.htm Gratiot County Courthouse]<br>214 East Center St.<br>Ithaca, MI 48847<br>Phone: (517) 875-5215<br> <br>County Clerk has birth, death, divorce and court records from 1867 <br>and marriage records from 1855. Probate Court has probate records.<br>Register of Deeds has land records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Gratiot County, Michigan page 345, {{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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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Clinton County, Michigan|Clinton]]  
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[[Clinton County, Michigan Genealogy|Clinton]] {{•}} [[Ionia County, Michigan Genealogy|Ionia]] {{•}} [[Isabella County, Michigan Genealogy|Isabella]] {{•}} [[Midland County, Michigan Genealogy|Midland]] {{•}} [[Montcalm County, Michigan Genealogy|Montcalm]] {{•}} [[Saginaw County, Michigan Genealogy|Saginaw]] {{•}} [[Shiawassee County, Michigan Genealogy|Shiawassee]]  
*[[Ionia County, Michigan|Ionia]]  
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<center>{{MIGratiot County, Michigan Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Isabella County, Michigan|Isabella]]  
 
*[[Midland County, Michigan|Midland]]  
 
*[[Montcalm County, Michigan|Montcalm]]  
 
*[[Saginaw County, Michigan|Saginaw]]  
 
*[[Shiawassee County, Michigan|Shiawassee]]
 
 
 
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
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*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=147978 Ford Cemetery, Elba]  
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=147978 Ford Cemetery, Elba]  
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=51477 North Star Cemetery, Ithaca]  
 
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=51477 North Star Cemetery, Ithaca]  
*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=51521 Oak Grove Cemetery, St. Louis]
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*[http://billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=51521 Oak Grove Cemetery, St. Louis]  
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*[http://www.ci.alma.mi.us/1/307/cemetery_record.asp City of Alma]
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==== Census ====
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''' State Census'''
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*'''1894''' - {{RecordSearch|1825187|Michigan State Census, 1894}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
  
 
==== 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
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{MI Land Intro}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{MI History Intro}}
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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[[Image:Migratiot.jpg|600px|Migratiot.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  ====
 
==== Military  ====
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
==== Newspapers  ====
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{{MI Newspaper abstracts|Gratiot}}
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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|Gratiot}}
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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  ====
 
==== 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.genealogyinc.com/michigan/mi-vital-records/ How to order Michigan Vital 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;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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=====Birth=====
*'''Michigan Obituary Records, 1850 - 2010: '''[http://gchgs.org/ The Gratiot County Historical &amp; Genealogical Society] has made an obituary database online.&nbsp;Links to the obituaries can be found under the Items of Interest header on the right side of the page.
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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://gchgs.org/ Gratiot County Historical and Genealogical Society] has resources for copies of original records from newspapers, funerals homes, phographs,&nbsp;and county birth, marriage and death records.  
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'''Gratiot County Historical and Genelogical Society'''<br>228 W Center St.<br>PO Box 73<br>Ithaca 48847<br>Telephone: 989-466-5730<br>E-mail:[mailto:carol@gchgs.org carol@gchgs.org]<br>[http://www.gchgs.org/contact/ Website]<br><br>
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'''Elsie Historical Society'''<br>c/o Doris Gregor<br>Box 125<br>Elsie, MI 48831<br>[http://www.mfhn.com/gratiot/elsiehiso/elsiehistsoc.html Website]<br><br>
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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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*[http://www.mfhn.com/gratiot/gchgs/ Gratiot County Historical and Genealogical Society] has resources for copies of original records from newspapers, funerals homes, phographs,&nbsp;and county birth, marriage and death records.
  
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/michigan/gratiot-county/ Gratiot County, MI History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
*{{FHL|Michigan%2C+Gratiot|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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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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*[http://www.mfhn.com/gratiot/ USGenWeb project.] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.  
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*{{FHL|Michigan%2C+Gratiot|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/MI/Gratiot-County.htm Gratiot County MI Genealogy] (LDS Genealogy)
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==

Latest revision as of 21:11, 9 September 2016

United States Gotoarrow.png Michigan Gotoarrow.png Gratiot County

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

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Gratiot County, Michigan
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Location of Michigan in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 2, 1831
County Seat Ithaca
Courthouse
Address 214 East Center St.
Ithaca, MI 48847
Phone: (517) 875-5215
Gratiot County Website


County Information

Gratiot County, Michigan Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1867 1867 1867 1820 1847 1867

County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth, death, divorce and court records from 1867 and marriage records from 1855.
Probate Court has probate records.
Register of Deeds has land records.[2]

History

Parent County

1831--Gratiot County was created 2 March 1831 from unorganized territory. It was attached to Saginaw and Clinton Counties prior to organization 3 February 1855.

County seat

Ithaca [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

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

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Clinton  • Ionia  • Isabella  • Midland  • Montcalm  • Saginaw  • Shiawassee

Isabella CountyMecosta CountyGratiot CountyMontcalm CountyMidland CountySaginaw CountyBay CountyShiawassee CountyClinton CountyIonia CountyKent CountyMIGratiot.JPG


Resources

Cemeteries

BillionGraves

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.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Gratiot 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

Migratiot.jpg

Military

Newspapers

Finding More Michigan Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Gratiot 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, Gratiot 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

Gratiot County Historical and Genelogical Society
228 W Center St.
PO Box 73
Ithaca 48847
Telephone: 989-466-5730
E-mail:carol@gchgs.org
Website

Elsie Historical Society
c/o Doris Gregor
Box 125
Elsie, MI 48831
Website

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.


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), Gratiot County, Michigan page 345, 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).