Wayne County, Michigan Genealogy Guide2016-06-23T13:11:54+00:00

Wayne County, Michigan Genealogy Guide

Wayne County, Michigan (Map It) was created on November 21, 1815 from all lands within Michigan Territory that had been ceded by Native Americans through the 1807 Treaty of Detroit. It was an originally County. The county was named for "Mad" Anthony Wayne, (1745-1796):United States Army general and statesman. Learn More About State of Michigan History

Wayne County is bordered by Washtenaw County (west), Monroe County (south), Macomb County (northeast), Oakland County (northwest) Essex County Ontario (east southeast).

Wayne County Cities, Towns & Villages include  Allen Park, Belleville, Dearborn Heights, Dearborn, Detroit, Ecorse, Flat Rock, Garden City, Gibraltar, Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe Shores, Grosse Pointe Woods, Hamtramck, Harper Woods, Highland Park, Inkster, Lincoln Park, Livonia, Melvindale, Northville , Plymouth, River Rouge, Riverview, Rockwood, Romulus, Southgate, Taylor, Trenton, Wayne, Westland, Woodhaven, Wyandotte.

Wayne County Townships include  Brownstown Charter, Canton Charter, Grosse Ile, Huron Charter, Northville Charter, Plymouth Charter, Redford Charter, Sumpter, Van Buren Charter.

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

Wayne County, Michigan Courthouse Records

Wayne County, Michigan Courthouse
Wayne County, MI Courthouse

The Wayne County Courthouse is located in Detroit, 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 Wayne 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.

  • Wayne County Clerk has Births & Deaths from 1867 and Marriage Records from 1842. 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 Wayne County Clerk Information for Genealogists
  • Wayne County Register of Deeds has Land from 1703.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.
  • Wayne County Clerk of the Probate Court has Probate from 1797. 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.
  • Wayne County Clerk of the Circuit Court has Court from 1818. 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.

Wayne County, Michigan Census Records

Wayne County, Michigan Vital Records

Wayne County, Michigan Resources

Wayne County, Michigan External Links

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