Washtenaw County, Michigan Genealogy Guide

Washtenaw County, Michigan (Map It) was created on September 10, 1822 from Wayne County and Oakland County. The county was named for Native American people called the area west of Detroit "Wash-ten-ong," meaning "further district" or "land beyond." Learn More About State of Michigan History

Washtenaw County is bordered by Livingston County (north), Oakland County (northeast), Ingham County (northwest), Wayne County (east), Jackson County (west), Monroe County (southeast), Lenawee County (southwest).

Washtenaw County Cities, Towns & Villages include  Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Milan, Saline, Ypsilanti, Barton Hills, Dexter, Manchester.

Washtenaw County Townships include  Bridgewater, Dexter, Freedom, Lima, Lodi, Lyndon, Manchester, Northfield, Salem, Saline, Scio, Sharon, Sylvan, Webster.

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

Washtenaw County, Michigan Courthouse Records

Washtenaw County, Michigan Courthouse
Washtenaw County, MI Courthouse

The Washtenaw County Courthouse is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Some early records  prior to organization on December 31, 1826 may be located in Wayne 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 Washtenaw 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.

  • Washtenaw 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 Washtenaw County Clerk Information for Genealogists
  • Washtenaw County Register of Deeds has Land from 1835.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.
  • Washtenaw County Clerk of the Probate Court has Probate from 1827. 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.
  • Washtenaw County Clerk of the Circuit Court has Court from 1835. 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.

Washtenaw County, Michigan Census Records

Washtenaw County, Michigan Vital Records

Washtenaw County, Michigan Resources

Washtenaw County, Michigan External Links