Manistee County, Michigan Genealogy Guide

Manistee County, Michigan (Map It) was created on April 1, 1840 from Mackinac County. The county was named for the Manistee River, which in turn is from the Ojibwe name, ministigweyaa meaning (river) at whose mouth there are islands. Learn More About State of Michigan History

Manistee County is bordered by Benzie County (north), Wexford County (east), Lake County (southeast), Mason County (southwest).

Manistee County Cities, Towns & Villages include  Manistee, Bear Lake, Copemish, Eastlake, Kaleva, Onekama.

Manistee County Townships include  Arcadia, Bear Lake, Brown, Cleon, Dickson, Filer Charter, Manistee, Maple Grove, Marilla, Norman, Onekama, Pleasanton, Springdale, Stronach.

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

Manistee County, Michigan Courthouse Records

Manistee County, Michigan Courthouse
Manistee County, MI Courthouse

The Manistee County Courthouse is located in Manistee, Michigan. Some early records  prior to organization on February 13, 1855 may be located in Mackinac County, Grand Traverse County and Ottewa 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 Manistee 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.

  • Manistee County Clerk has Births & Deaths from 1867 and Marriage Records from 1867. 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 Manistee County Clerk Information for Genealogists
  • Manistee County Register of Deeds has Land from 1868.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.
  • Manistee County Clerk of the Probate Court has Probate from 1881. 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.
  • Manistee County Clerk of the Circuit Court has Court from 1855. 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.

Manistee County, Michigan Census Records

Manistee County, Michigan Vital Records

Manistee County, Michigan Resources

Manistee County, Michigan External Links

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