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Saginaw County, Michigan (Map It) was created on September 10, 1822 from St. Clair County and unorganized territory . The county was named for the Native American term, perhaps having reference to the Sauk tribe who lived at the mouth of the river . Learn More About State of Michigan History
Saginaw County is bordered by Bay County (northeast), Midland County (northwest), Tuscola County (east), Gratiot County (west), Genesee County (southeast), Shiawassee County (south), Clinton County (southwest).
Saginaw County Cities, Towns & Villages include Frankenmuth , Saginaw, Zilwaukee, Birch Run, Chesaning , Merrill, Oakley, St. Charles.
Saginaw County Townships include Albee, Birch Run, Blumfield, Brady, Brant, Bridgeport Charter, Buena Vista Charter, Carrollton, Chapin, Chesaning, Frankenmuth , Fremont, James, Jonesfield, Kochville, Lakefield, Maple Grove, Marion, Richland, Saginaw Charter, Spaulding, St. Charles, Swan Creek, Taymouth, Thomas, Tittabawassee, Zilwaukee.
A Map of Saginaw County, Michigan contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.
Saginaw County, Michigan Courthouse Records
Saginaw County, MI Courthouse
The Saginaw County Courthouse is located in Saginaw, Michigan. Some early records prior to organization on February 9, 1835 may be located in Oakland 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 Saginaw 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.
- Saginaw 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 Saginaw County Clerk Information for Genealogists
- Saginaw County Register of Deeds has Land from 1836.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.
- Saginaw County Clerk of the Probate Court has Probate from 1800?. 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.
- Saginaw County Clerk of the Circuit Court has Court from 1843. 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.
Saginaw County, Michigan Census Records
- Learn More: State of Michigan Census Records
- U.S. Federal Population Schedules: 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragmented), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
- U.S. Census Reconstructed Records: Census Substitutes Index, 1827-1870
- State Population Schedules: 1845, 1854, 1864, 1874, 1884 and 1894
- U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Agriculture Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Industry Schedules: 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880
- Union Veterans Schedules: 1890
Saginaw County, Michigan Vital Records
- Learn More: State of Michigan Vital Records
- Birth, Marriage and Death Records: from 1867 to present. Some of the records, especially pre-1906 births, pre-1897 deaths and pre-1926, were not filed with the state
- Divorce Records: from 1897. See County Clerk for ealier records.
- Locations: Michigan Office of Vital Statistics, 201 Townsend Street Capitol View Building 3rd Floor Lansing MI 48913; (517) 335-8666
- Vital Records Online: USAVital, VitalChek or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications.
Saginaw County, Michigan Resources
- State of Michigan Archives and Societies
- RAOGK Volunteers for Michigan
- Bridgeport Historical Society Of
- Cass River Genealogy Society
- Chesaning Area Historical Society
- Chesaning Genealogical Society, 227 East Broad St., Chesaning 48616
- Frankenmuth Historical Association
- Saginaw County Historical Society
- Saginaw Genealogical Society
- Saginaw County Michigan Message Boards
- Saginaw County, Michigan Genealogy Forum