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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Michigan]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Wayne County'''  
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Michigan Genealogy|Michigan]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Wayne County'''  
 
 
Guide to '''Wayne County Michigan genealogy.''' Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
 
 
 
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Guide to '''Wayne 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  
 
{{Infobox U.S. County  
 
| county = Wayne County  
 
| county = Wayne County  
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| seat = Detroit
 
| seat = Detroit
 
| building image =  
 
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| building address = Wayne County Courthouse<br>201 City Court Bldg<br>Wayne, MI 48226<br>Phone: (313) 224-6262<br>  [http://www.ci.wayne.mi.us/'''Wayne County Website'''] }}  
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| building address = Wayne County Courthouse<br>201 City Court Bldg<br>Wayne, MI 48226<br>Phone: (313) 224-6262<br>  [http://www.waynecounty.com//'''Wayne County Website''']<br>[http://www.waynecounty.com/deeds/index.htm '''Wayne County Register of Deeds'''] }}
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=== County Information  ===
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==== Wayne 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" | '''[[Wayne County, Michigan Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Wayne County, Michigan Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Wayne County, Michigan Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Wayne County, Michigan Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Wayne County, Michigan Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Wayne County, Michigan Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1867
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
The Wayne County Clerk, located at 201 Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI., has birth and death records for events that occurred in Wayne County other than those that occurred in the City of Detroit. Births and deaths that occurred in the City of Detroit are available through the Herman Kiefer Health Complex, located at 151 Taylor Street-Room 104B, Detroit, MI 48202 until October 1, 2013, after which time all vital record service will be transferred to Wayne County.  All marriage records for Wayne County and the City of Detroit are available through Wayne County at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center.<br>
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[http://www.waynecounty.com/clerk/index.htm The Wayne County Clerk] has birth and death records for events that occurred in all of Wayne County.  
  
The Wayne County Probate Court, located at 1307 Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI., has probate record for all of Wayne County and the City of Detroit. An online index is available for cases after 1976 at [http://public.wcpc.us/eservices/home.page.3 public.wcpc.us/eservices/home.page.3].<br>
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'''Wayne County Clerk'''<br> 640 Temple Street; Suite 625<br> Detroit, MI 48201<br> (313) 833-2887 or (313) 833-2881 <br><br> [http://www.detroitmi.gov/How-Do-I/Find/Birth-and-Death-Certificates Further information] including obtaining them through State of Michigan records<br><br> They may also be ordered [http://www.waynecounty.com/clerk/248.htm online].  
  
The Wayne County Register of Deeds, located at 400 Monroe St. 7th Floor, Detroit, MI 48226 has land records for all of Wayne County and the City of Detroit. An online deed search is available from approximately 1960 - present at [http://www.waynecountylandrecords.com/ www.waynecountylandrecords.com/] <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wayne County, Michigan page 351, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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All marriage records for Wayne County and the City of Detroit are available through Wayne County at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center.<br>
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[http://www.wcpc.us/ The Wayne County Probate Court,] located at 1307 Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI. 48226, has probate records for all of Wayne County and the City of Detroit. An [http://public.wcpc.us/eservices/home.page.3 online index] is available for cases after 1976. <br>
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[http://www.waynecounty.com/deeds/index.htm The Wayne County Register of Deeds,] located at 400 Monroe St. 7th Floor, Detroit, MI 48226, has land records for all of Wayne County and the City of Detroit. An [http://www.waynecountylandrecords.com/ online deed search] is available from approximately 1960 - present. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Wayne County, Michigan page 351, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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The county is named after Revolutionary War General [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Wayne "Mad" Anthony Wayne] (1745-1796).<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Wayne "Anthony Wayne,"] Wikipedia.</ref>  
 
The county is named after Revolutionary War General [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Wayne "Mad" Anthony Wayne] (1745-1796).<ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Wayne "Anthony Wayne,"] Wikipedia.</ref>  
  
Wayne County is the oldest county in the area known now as the State of [[Michigan]] and originally included areas that are counties in their own right. It includes the City of Detroit which was founded by the French on 24 July 1701 and which is now the state's largest.  
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Wayne County is the oldest county in the area known now as the State of [[Michigan Genealogy|Michigan]] and originally included areas that are counties in their own right. It includes the City of Detroit which was founded by the French on 24 July 1701 and which is now the state's largest.  
  
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
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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  ====
  
*[[Macomb County, Michigan|Macomb]]  
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[[Macomb County, Michigan Genealogy|Macomb]] {{•}} [[Monroe County, Michigan Genealogy|Monroe]] {{•}} [[Oakland County, Michigan Genealogy|Oakland]] {{•}} [[Washtenaw County, Michigan Genealogy|Washtenaw County]]  
*[[Monroe County, Michigan|Monroe]]  
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<center>{{MIWayne County, Michigan Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Oakland County, Michigan|Oakland]]  
 
*[[Washtenaw County, Michigan|Washtenaw<br>]]
 
 
 
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=50207 Evergreen Cemetery, Detroit] BillionGraves  
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*[https://billiongraves.com/cemetery/Evergreen-Cemetery/50207 Evergreen Cemetery, Detroit] BillionGraves  
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=51061 Maple Grove Cemetery, Westland] BillionGraves  
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*[http://elmwoodhistoriccemetery.org/cemetery-services/genealogy-inquiries/ Elmwood Cemetery] Genealogy Inquiries (cost $)
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=51223 Michigan Memorial Park, New Boston] BillionGraves  
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*[https://billiongraves.com/cemetery/Maple-Grove-Cemetery/51061 Maple Grove Cemetery, Westland] BillionGraves  
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=51355 Mount Olivet Cemetery, Detroit] BillionGraves  
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*[https://billiongraves.com/cemetery/Michigan-Memorial-Park-Cemetery/51223 Michigan Memorial Park, New Boston] BillionGraves  
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*[https://billiongraves.com/cemetery/Mount-Olivet-Cemetery/51355 Mount Olivet Cemetery, Detroit] BillionGraves  
 
*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/search_miplymouthbaptist.php Old Baptist Cemetery, Plymouth]  
 
*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/search_miplymouthbaptist.php Old Baptist Cemetery, Plymouth]  
 
*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/search_miplymouthpres.php Presbyterian Cemetery, Plymouth]  
 
*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/search_miplymouthpres.php Presbyterian Cemetery, Plymouth]  
 
*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/search_miriverside.php Riverside Cemetery, Plymouth]  
 
*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/search_miriverside.php Riverside Cemetery, Plymouth]  
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=52043 Sacred Heart Cemetery, Detroit] BillionGraves  
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*[https://billiongraves.com/cemetery/Sacred-Heart-Cemetery/52043 Sacred Heart Cemetery, Detroit] BillionGraves  
*[http://www.billiongraves.com/pages/cemetery/cemetery.php?cemetery_id=52103 Saint Hedwig Cemetery, Dearborn Heights] BillionGraves  
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*[https://billiongraves.com/cemetery/Saint-Hedwig-Cemetery/52103 Saint Hedwig Cemetery, Dearborn Heights] BillionGraves  
*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/search_mishearer.php Shearer Cemetery, Plymouth]
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*[http://www.genealogycenter.info/search_mishearer.php Shearer Cemetery, Plymouth]  
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*[http://woodmerecemeteryresearch.com/cstm_researchRequest.php Woodmere Cemetery], Detroit 1868-2004 (Research Blog - personal research only. &nbsp;The site is copyrighted
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Also available at the Burton Historical Collection at the Detroit Public Library are:  
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Also available at the [http://www.detroit.lib.mi.us/featuredcollection/burton-historical-collection Burton Historical Collection] at the Detroit Public Library are:  
  
 
*Detroit City Cemetery Burial Records, 1854-1861  
 
*Detroit City Cemetery Burial Records, 1854-1861  
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*Mt. Elliot Cemetery Record of Interments, 1845-1861, 1865-1997  
 
*Mt. Elliot Cemetery Record of Interments, 1845-1861, 1865-1997  
 
*Woodmere Cemetery, 1868-1888
 
*Woodmere Cemetery, 1868-1888
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US&nbsp;Gen Web Michigan Cemetery Project, [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/michigan/wayne.htm Wayne County]
  
 
==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
 
:*'''1796''' Stuart, Donna Valley. "Detroit 1796 Census," ''National Genealogical Society Quarterly,'' Vol. 69 (1981):185-194. Digital version at [http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/ National Genealogical Society website] ($); {{FHL|39597|item|disp=FHL Book 973 B2ng v. 69 (1981)}}.
 
:*'''1796''' Stuart, Donna Valley. "Detroit 1796 Census," ''National Genealogical Society Quarterly,'' Vol. 69 (1981):185-194. Digital version at [http://www.ngsgenealogy.org/ National Genealogical Society website] ($); {{FHL|39597|item|disp=FHL Book 973 B2ng v. 69 (1981)}}.
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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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===== <br> Catholic  =====
 
===== <br> Catholic  =====
  
*A large number of Roman Catholic church records from the Archdiocese of Detroit are available on microfilm at the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library. &nbsp;Depending on the church, the records range from 1704-1930 and can include baptisms, marriages, deaths, first communions, and confirmations. A guide to the churches and their available records is located at&nbsp;[http://www.detroit.lib.mi.us/featuredcollection/burton-historical-collection www.detroit.lib.mi.us/featuredcollection/burton-historical-collection]&nbsp;(Free).
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*A large number of Roman Catholic church records from the Archdiocese of Detroit are available on microfilm at the [http://www.detroit.lib.mi.us/featuredcollection/burton-historical-collection Burton Historical Collection], Detroit Public Library. Depending on the church, the records range from 1704-1930 and can include baptisms, marriages, deaths, first communions, and confirmations. A guide to the churches and their available records is located at&nbsp;[http://www.detroit.lib.mi.us/featuredcollection/burton-historical-collection www.detroit.lib.mi.us/featuredcollection/burton-historical-collection] (Free).
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
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Fold3.com ($) has [http://www.fold3.com/title_71/city_directories_detroit/ Detroit City Directories 1861-1923] available online.  
 
Fold3.com ($) has [http://www.fold3.com/title_71/city_directories_detroit/ Detroit City Directories 1861-1923] available online.  
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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<br>
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
  
{{MI Land Intro}}  
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{{MI Land Intro}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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==== Maps  ====
 
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Detroit streets were renumbered 1 January 1921 (same house/different numbers). &nbsp;Keep that in mind when looking at various records, such as the US&nbsp;Census.
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/michigan/ Maps of Michigan (1790-1897)]
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*[http://detroitography.com/2013/07/29/map-of-detroit-land-annexation-1806-1926/ Map of Detroit Land Annexation 1806 – 1926 ]<br>
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*[http://www.pinterest.com/pin/173810866839280763/ Detroit annexations 1915-1925 ]: because of Detroit's annexations 1806-1926,<br> especially during 1915-1925, MANY community names became extinct.<br>
  
 
City maps are often found in city directories.  
 
City maps are often found in city directories.  
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:*'''1817-1830''' - ''Detroit Gazette'' at [http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=scjTk0LcRdsC Google News] - free.
 
:*'''1817-1830''' - ''Detroit Gazette'' at [http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=scjTk0LcRdsC Google News] - free.
  
{{MI Newspaper abstracts|Alcona}}  
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{{MI Newspaper abstracts|Wayne}}
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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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Probate records for Wayne County are available on microfilm at the Archives of Michigan,located in the Michigan Library and Historical Center, 702 W. Kalamazoo Street, Lansing, MI. The Archives holds Wayne County estate case files from 1797-1901 and the Probate calendar books from 1797-1914.  
 
Probate records for Wayne County are available on microfilm at the Archives of Michigan,located in the Michigan Library and Historical Center, 702 W. Kalamazoo Street, Lansing, MI. The Archives holds Wayne County estate case files from 1797-1901 and the Probate calendar books from 1797-1914.  
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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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{{MI Vital Intro}}  
 
{{MI Vital Intro}}  
  
*'''Michigan Birth Registrations, 1867-1902''' -- 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.  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/michigan/mi-vital-records/ How to order Michigan Vital Records]
*'''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]. 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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*'''Michigan Death Registrations, 1867-1897'''-- Free name indexes and images at[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1452402 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.  
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===== Birth Records =====
*'''1934-1953''' [http://www.detroitpubliclibrary.org/wayne-county-death-record-index Wayne County Death Index]-- An index to original records held at the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library. These records do not include deaths that occurred within the City of Detroit.
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*'''Wayne County Marriage Returns, 1803-1867 and 1868-1893 '''-- Original records are held at the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library. These records include marriages throughout Wayne County, including the City of Detroit.  
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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.
*'''Detroit Death Index, 1920 - current''' -- Microfiche index of all deaths occurring in the City of Detroit.
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===== Marriage Records =====
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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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*'''Wayne County Marriage Returns, 1803-1867 and 1868-1893 '''-- Original records are held at the [http://www.detroit.lib.mi.us/featuredcollection/burton-historical-collection Burton Historical Collection], Detroit Public Library. These records include marriages throughout Wayne County, including the City of Detroit.
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===== Death Records =====
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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.  
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*'''1934-1953''' [http://www.detroitpubliclibrary.org/wayne-county-death-record-index Wayne County Death Index]-- An index to original records held at the [http://www.detroit.lib.mi.us/featuredcollection/burton-historical-collection Burton Historical Collection], Detroit Public Library. These records do not include deaths that occurred within the City of Detroit.  
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*'''Detroit Death Index, 1920 - current''' -- Microfiche index of all deaths occurring in the City of Detroit.  
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*[http://www.deathindexes.com/michigan/wayne.html Wayne County and Detroit Death Records and Obituaries] - A Genealogy Records Guide
  
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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'''Wayne County Irish Society'''<br> 31975 Cowan<br>Westland 48185<br><br>
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'''Western Wayne County Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 530063<br>Livonia 48153-0063<br><br>
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'''West Side Detroit Polish American Historical Society'''<br> 3245 Junction Street <br>Detroit MI. 4821<br>[http://www.detroitpolonia.org/ Website] <br><br>
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'''Romulus Historical Society '''<br>11121 Wayne Rd. <br>Romulus 48174<br><br>
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'''Northville Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 932<br>Northville, MI 48167-0932<br>[http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~mings/?cj=1&sid=rootsweb&netid=cj&o_xid=0002159160&o_lid=0002159160&o_sch=Affiliate+External Website]<br><br>
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'''Polish Genealogical Society Of Michigan'''<br> 5201 Woodward Ave.<br> Detroit 48202-4007<br>[http://www.pgsm.org/ Website]<br><br>
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'''Lincoln Park Historical Museum'''<br>Jerr Day, Curator<br>1335 Southfield Road<br>Lincoln Pary, Michigan 48146<br>Telephone: 313-386-3137<br>[http://www.lphistorical.org/contact.html Website]<br><br>
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'''Fred Hart Williams Genealogical Society'''<br> c/o Burton Historical Collection Detroit Public Library<br> 5201 Woodward Avenue <br>Detroit MI 48202 <br><br>
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'''Dearborn Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 1112<br>Dearborn Michigan 48121-1112<br>E-mail:[mailto:dbngs@comcast.net dbngs@comcast.net]<br>[http://dgsmi.org/ 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://wwcgs.org/ Western Wayne County Genealogical Society]
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*[http://dgsmi.org/ Dearborn Genealogical Society]
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*[[Dearborn Genealogical Society]]
  
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
 
==== Family History Centers  ====
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
*[[Palmer Park Michigan Family History Center]] (Detroit)
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*[[Riverview Michigan Family History Center]]  
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*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
*[[Westland Michigan Family History Center]]
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*[[Palmer Park Michigan Family History Center]] 17400 Second Ave, Detroit, MI 48203 United States
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*[[Riverview Michigan Family History Center]] 18701 Grange Rd, Riverview, MI 48192 United States
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*[[Westland Michigan Family History Center]] 7575 N Hix Rd, Westland, MI 48185 United States
  
 
== Web Sites  ==
 
== Web Sites  ==
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/michigan/wayne-county/ Wayne 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]
 
*[http://wayne.migenweb.net/ Wayne County USGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. <br>  
 
*[http://wayne.migenweb.net/ Wayne County USGenWeb project]. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. <br>  
*[http://www.michigan-genealogy.com/Wayne-County-Genealogy.htm Wayne County Genealogy] (Michigan Genealogy)
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*{{FHL|Michigan%2C+Wayne|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
*{{FHL|Michigan%2C+Wayne|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*[https://www.facebook.com/pages/Detroit-Society-for-Genealogical-Research/178028022193 Detroit Society for Genealogical Research on Facebook]
*Facebook pages: <br>
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/156291504501244 Detroit Genealogy on Facebook]
 
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/146887561005 Western Wayne County Genealogical Society on Facebook]
Detroit Society for Genealogical Research - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Detroit-Society-for-Genealogical-Research/178028022193<br>
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/MI/Wayne-County.htm Wayne County MI Genealogy] (Michigan Genealogy)
 
 
Detroit Genealogy - https://www.facebook.com/groups/156291504501244<br>
 
  
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Guide to Wayne County, Michigan ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Wayne County, Michigan
Map
Map of Michigan highlighting Wayne County
Location in the state of Michigan
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Location of Michigan in the U.S.
Facts
Founded November 21, 1815
County Seat Detroit
Courthouse
Address Wayne County Courthouse
201 City Court Bldg
Wayne, MI 48226
Phone: (313) 224-6262
Wayne County Website
Wayne County Register of Deeds


County Information

Wayne County, Michigan Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1867 1818 1867 1820 1703 1797

County Courthouse

The Wayne County Clerk has birth and death records for events that occurred in all of Wayne County.

Wayne County Clerk
640 Temple Street; Suite 625
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 833-2887 or (313) 833-2881

Further information including obtaining them through State of Michigan records

They may also be ordered online.

All marriage records for Wayne County and the City of Detroit are available through Wayne County at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center.

The Wayne County Probate Court, located at 1307 Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI. 48226, has probate records for all of Wayne County and the City of Detroit. An online index is available for cases after 1976.

The Wayne County Register of Deeds, located at 400 Monroe St. 7th Floor, Detroit, MI 48226, has land records for all of Wayne County and the City of Detroit. An online deed search is available from approximately 1960 - present. [2]

History

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The county is named after Revolutionary War General "Mad" Anthony Wayne (1745-1796).[3]

Wayne County is the oldest county in the area known now as the State of Michigan and originally included areas that are counties in their own right. It includes the City of Detroit which was founded by the French on 24 July 1701 and which is now the state's largest.

Parent County

1815--Wayne County was created 21 November 1815 as an original county. County seat: Detroit [4]

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

See the list of places on Wikipedia: Places in Wayne County, Michigan

Neighboring Counties

Macomb  • Monroe  • Oakland  • Washtenaw County

Washtenaw CountyWayne CountyMonroe CountyOttawa CountyOakland CountySandusky CountyErie CountyHuron CountyFulton CountyWood CountyHenry CountyLucas CountyMacomb CountySt. Clair CountyGenesee CountyLenawee CountyJackson CountyLivingston CountyShiawassee CountyLapeer CountyMIWayne.JPG


Resources

Cemeteries


Also available at the Burton Historical Collection at the Detroit Public Library are:

  • Detroit City Cemetery Burial Records, 1854-1861
  • Elmwood Cemetery Record of Interments, 1846-1992
  • Mt. Elliot Cemetery Record of Interments, 1845-1861, 1865-1997
  • Woodmere Cemetery, 1868-1888


US Gen Web Michigan Cemetery Project, Wayne County

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.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

LDS Ward and Branch Records

  • Detroit Dist
  • Detroit
  • Detroit E.
  • Detroit S.
  • Detroit W.
  • Mack
Lutheran

Detroit

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Detroit, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Wayne County

  • Records of the American Lutheran Church, Wayne County, in Evangelical Lutheran Church in America database at Archives.com ($).

Catholic

Court

Directories

Fold3.com ($) has Detroit City Directories 1861-1923 available online.

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 Wayne 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

Detroit streets were renumbered 1 January 1921 (same house/different numbers).  Keep that in mind when looking at various records, such as the US Census.

City maps are often found in city directories.

Military

Civil War

Civil War service men from Wayne 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 Wayne County.

- 1st Regiment, Michigan Cavalry, Companies A, C, G, H, K, and Unassigned Company
- 12th Regiment, Michigan Infantry, Unassigned Company
- 17th Regiment, Michigan Infantry, Company F


Newspapers

Finding More Michigan Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Wayne 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, Wayne and search for Probate records in the list.

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

Probate records for Wayne County are available on microfilm at the Archives of Michigan,located in the Michigan Library and Historical Center, 702 W. Kalamazoo Street, Lansing, MI. The Archives holds Wayne County estate case files from 1797-1901 and the Probate calendar books from 1797-1914.

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 Records
Marriage Records
  • 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.
  • Wayne County Marriage Returns, 1803-1867 and 1868-1893 -- Original records are held at the Burton Historical Collection, Detroit Public Library. These records include marriages throughout Wayne County, including the City of Detroit.
Death Records

Societies and Libraries

Wayne County Irish Society
31975 Cowan
Westland 48185

Western Wayne County Genealogical Society
PO Box 530063
Livonia 48153-0063

West Side Detroit Polish American Historical Society
3245 Junction Street
Detroit MI. 4821
Website

Romulus Historical Society
11121 Wayne Rd.
Romulus 48174

Northville Genealogical Society
PO Box 932
Northville, MI 48167-0932
Website

Polish Genealogical Society Of Michigan
5201 Woodward Ave.
Detroit 48202-4007
Website

Lincoln Park Historical Museum
Jerr Day, Curator
1335 Southfield Road
Lincoln Pary, Michigan 48146
Telephone: 313-386-3137
Website

Fred Hart Williams Genealogical Society
c/o Burton Historical Collection Detroit Public Library
5201 Woodward Avenue
Detroit MI 48202

Dearborn Genealogical Society
PO Box 1112
Dearborn Michigan 48121-1112
E-mail:dbngs@comcast.net
Website



Genealogical Societies

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), Wayne County, Michigan page 351, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. "Anthony Wayne," Wikipedia.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).