Grand Traverse County, Michigan Genealogy Guide

Grand Traverse County, Michigan (Map It) was created on April 7, 1851 from Omeena County. The county was named for the French phrase "grande travers," which means "long crossing." It was given first to Grand Traverse Bay by French voyageurs. . Learn More About State of Michigan History

Grand Traverse County is bordered by Antrim County (northeast), Kalkaska County (east), Wexford County (south), Benzie County (west), Leelanau County (northwest).

Grand Traverse County Cities, Towns & Villages include  Traverse City, Fife Lake, Kingsley.

Grand Traverse County Townships include  Acme, Blair, East Bay Charter, Fife Lake, Garfield Charter, Grant, Green Lake, Long Lake, Mayfield, Paradise, Peninsula, Union, Whitewater.

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

Grand Traverse County, Michigan Courthouse Records

Grand Traverse County, Michigan Courthouse
Grand Traverse County, MI Courthouse

The Grand Traverse County Courthouse is located in Traverse City, Michigan. 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 Grand Traverse 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.

  • Grand Traverse County Clerk has Births & Deaths from 1856 and Marriage Records from 1853. 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 Grand Traverse County Clerk Information for Genealogists
  • Grand Traverse County Register of Deeds has Land from 1853.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.
  • Grand Traverse County Clerk of the Probate Court has Probate from 1875. 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.
  • Grand Traverse County Clerk of the Circuit Court has Court from 1882. 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.

Grand Traverse County, Michigan Census Records

Grand Traverse County, Michigan Vital Records

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