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Barry County, Michigan

Barry County

Barry County was founded on October 29 1829 (Organized on March 15 1839) from unorganized territory . This county was named for William T. Barry (1784-1835): Postmaster General in the Jackson Administration.

The Barry County Seat is located in Hastings also, the county government website is

Counties bordering Barry County Ionia County (northeast), Eaton County (east), Calhoun County (southeast), Kalamazoo County (southwest), Allegan County (west), Kent County (northwest).

Incorporated Cities & Villages located in Barry County include  Hastings, Freeport, Middleville, Nashville, Woodland.

Townships located in Barry County include  Assyria, Baltimore, Barry, Carlton, Castleton, Hastings Charter, Hope, Irving, Johnstown, Maple Grove, Orangeville, Prairieville, Rutland Charter, Thornapple, Woodland, Yankee Springs.

Barry County vital records can be found at the Michigan Office of Vital Records has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records since 1867. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Michigan for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Barry County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Michigan Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications to mail.

Barry County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Barry Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Barry Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Barry Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Barry County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Barry County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Barry County Courthouse and Government Records

Barry County Courthouse

Genealogist often overlook the importance of Barry County court, probate, and land records as a source of genealogy and family history information. Hidden away in Michigan courthouses and archives just about everywhere tend to be the hopes and dreams and worries of countless Michigan citizens.

The chances are very good that your potential ancestors and forefathers have left a in-depth document of at least several elements of their lives in the Barry County court records. Even if your ancestors and forefathers is not discussed in a Court case, consider all of the other procedures which may have lead to her or him showing up in court records.

The following specifics indicates exactly what birth, death, marriage, property, probate, and legal records are in Barry County. The dates pointed out below are considered the first known records with this county.

Some early records  prior to organization on 15 March 1839 may be located in St. Joseph County and Kalamazoo County

You need to contact the clerk's office to verify hours, mailing address, fees and other details prior to visiting or seeking information because of in some cases changing contact info. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records and documents are readily available to interested parties, barring private issues. Most staff will guide persons in locating the resources, but it's up to the man or women to carry out the researching.
  • Barry County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 220 West State Street Hastings MI 49058
  • Barry 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. Barry County Clerk Information for Genealogists
    • Phone:269-945-1285
    • Births & Deaths: 1867
    • Marriage Records: 1839
  • Barry 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.
    • Phone: (269) 945-1289
    • Land Records: 1834
  • Barry 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.
    • Phone: (269) 945-1390
    • Probate Records: 1862 
  • Barry 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.
    • Phone: (269) 945-1286
    • Court Records: 1850 

Barry County Links

The following are links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources related to Barry County. Most of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a fee. This is just a list that has been compiled or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to provide your own most liked Barry County genealogy or family history associated sites.

Barry Co. MI Books, Newspapers & Publications

Barry Co. MI Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Barry Co. MI Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Barry Co. MI Census Records

Barry Co. MI Cemeteries & Graveyards

Barry Co. MI Church & Bible Records

Barry Co. MI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Barry Co. MI General and History Websites

Barry Co. MI Immigration & Naturalization

Barry Co. MI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Barry Co. MI Military Records

Barry Co. MI Schools & Directories

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