Branch County, Michigan Genealogy Guide

Branch County, Michigan (Map It) was created on October 29, 1829 from unorganized territory. The county was named for John Branch (1782-1863): Secretary of the Navy in the Jackson Administration. Learn More About State of Michigan History

Branch County is bordered by Calhoun County (north), Hillsdale County (east), St. Joseph County (west) Steuben County, Indiana (south) LaGrange County, Indiana (southwest).

Branch County Cities, Towns & Villages include  Bronson, Coldwater, Quincy, Sherwood, Union City.

Branch County Townships include  Algansee, Batavia, Bethel, Bronson, Butler, California, Coldwater, Gilead, Girard, Kinderhook, Matteson, Noble, Ovid, Quincy, Sherwood, Union.

A Map of Branch County, Michigan contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Branch County, Michigan Courthouse Records

Branch County, Michigan Courthouse
Branch County, MI Courthouse

The Branch County Courthouse is located in Coldwater, Michigan. Some early records  prior to organization on March 1 1833 may be located in St. Joseph County. Learn More About State of Michigan Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

Please contact the each clerk's department to confirm mailing address, hours, fees and other information before visiting or requesting information because contact information sometimes changes.  The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH.  The documents are available to interested parties, barring confidential issues.  Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Branch county. The date listed for each category of record is usually the earliest registration filed. The earliest date does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually registered.

  • Branch County Clerk has Births & Deaths from 1867 and Marriage Records from 1833. The County Clerk is responsible for keeping records of births, deaths, assumed names, co-partnerships, issuing and filing marriage licenses, gun permits, notary bonds and processing passports. The date listed for each category of record is the earliest record known to exist in that county. It does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and certainly does not indicate that all such events that year were actually registered. See also Branch County Clerk Information for Genealogists
  • Branch County Register of Deeds has Land from 1833.The County Register of Deeds is the official recording officer for all legal documents pertaining to the transfers and encumbrances of all real estate property within the County. The Register also provides permanent storage for approved original subdivision plats, condominiums, land surveys and section corners.
  • Branch County Clerk of the Probate Court has Probate from 1833. The County Clerk of the Probate Court responsibilities include adjudicating and disposes of cases involving property of persons who have died or become incompetent, interprets wills and trusts, commits the mentally ill when necessary and appoints guardians and conservators for minors, incapacitated individuals and individuals with developmental disability.
  • Branch County Clerk of the Circuit Court has Court from 1833. The County Clerk of the Circuit Court provides a variety of functions for the court such as, but not limited to: filing and maintaing the official record for all cases that come before the court; providing staff to assist in the operation of the court; working with the Jury Commission and notifying all potential jurors to appear for jury duty; and, processing felony criminal cases bound over from the District Court.

Branch County, Michigan Census Records

Branch County, Michigan Vital Records

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