St. Joseph County, Michigan Genealogy Guide

St. Joseph County, Michigan (Map It) was created on October 29, 1829 from unorganized territory . The county was named for the St. Joseph River, which gains much of its volume within the county . Learn More About State of Michigan History

St. Joseph County is bordered by Kalamazoo County (north), Branch County (east), Cass County (west) LaGrange County, Indiana (south) Elkhart County, Indiana (southwest).

St. Joseph County Cities, Towns & Villages include  Sturgis, Three Rivers, Burr Oak, Centreville, Colon, Constantine, Mendon, White Pigeon.

St. Joseph County Townships include  Burr Oak, Colon, Constantine, Fabius, Fawn River, Florence, Flowerfield, Leonidas, Lockport, Mendon, Mottville, Nottawa, Park, Sherman, Sturgis, White Pigeon.

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

St. Joseph County, Michigan Courthouse Records

St. Joseph County, Michigan Courthouse
St. Joseph County, MI Courthouse

The St. Joseph County Courthouse is located in Centreville, 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 St. Joseph 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.

  • St. Joseph County Clerk has Births & Deaths from 1867 and Marriage Records from 1832. 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 St. Joseph County Clerk Information for Genealogists
  • St. Joseph County Register of Deeds has Land from 1830.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.
  • St. Joseph County Clerk of the Probate Court has Probate from 1832. 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.
  • St. Joseph County Clerk of the Circuit Court has Court from 1842. 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.

St. Joseph County, Michigan Census Records

St. Joseph County, Michigan Vital Records

St. Joseph County, Michigan Resources

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