Washtenaw County, Michigan Records
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."
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, 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.
The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH. 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 record is usually the earliest registration filed. The date does not indicate that there are alot records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually filed with the clerk.
- 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
- 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
Washtenaw 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 or Social Security Death Index
- Vital Records by Mail: Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications.
Washtenaw County, Michigan Resources
- State of Michigan Archives and Societies
- RAOGK Volunteers for Michigan
- Genealogical Society of Washtenaw Co. MI Inc
- Dexter Area Historical Society
- Farmington Genealogical Society
- Farmington Historical Society
- Saline Area Historical Society
- Salem Area Hist Society
- Washtenaw County Genealogical Society Of
- Ypsilanti Historical Society
- Washtenaw County Michigan Message Boards
- Washtenaw County, Michigan Genealogy Forum
Washtenaw County, Michigan External Links
- Michigan Historical Newspapers - Newspapers.com
- Washtenaw County, Michigan Books - Amazon
- Washtenaw Co., Michigan - FindaGrave
- Michigan Indexed Historical Records - Familysearch
- Washtenaw County, Michigan Links - Cyndi's List
- Historical Newspapers from Michigan (1837 - 1995)
- Washtenaw Co. MIGenweb
- Washtenaw County, Michigan Ancestry Database Collections
- Washtenaw County, Michigan Military Records