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Bay County, Michigan
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Bay County, Michigan Facts

Bay County

When was Bay County, MI Created?
Bay County was created on April 20 1857 (Organized on April 20 1857) from Midland County, Saginaw County and Arenac County. This county was named for Saginaw Bay.

What is the County Seat of Bay County, MI?
The County Seat is located in Bay City also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Bay County, MI?
Bordering Counties are Arenac County (north), Gladwin County (northwest), Tuscola County (east), Midland County (west), Saginaw County (south).

What cities and towns are in Bay County, MI?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Auburn, Bay City, Essexville, Pinconning, Midland.

What Townships are in Bay County, MI?
Townships located in the County include  Bangor (Charter), Beaver, Frankenlust, Fraser, Garfield, Gibson, Hampton (Charter), Kawkawlin, Merritt, Monitor (Charter), Mount Forest, Pinconning, Portsmouth (Charter), Williams (Charter).

Bay County, MI Vital Records

Where can find Bay County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Bay 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 Bay 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.

Bay County, MI Census Records

What Bay County, MI census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Bay County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Bay Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Bay Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1860, 1870 and 1880. Bay Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Michigan Census Records Research Guide

Bay County, MI Courthouse and Government Records

Bay County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Bay County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Bay County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Michigan Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Bay County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 515 Center Avenue Bay City MI 48708-5122
  • Bay 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. Bay County Clerk Information for Genealogists
    • Phone: 989-895-4280
    • Births & Deaths: 1867
    • Marriage Records: 1867
  • Bay 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: (989) 895-4228
    • Land Records: 1835
  • Bay 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.
    • Address: 1230 Washington Ave. Bay City MI 48708
    • Phone: (989) 895-4205
    • Probate Records: 1857
  • Bay 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.
    • Address: 1230 Washington Ave. Bay City MI 48708
    • Phone: (989) 895-4265
    • Court Records: 1883 
  • Michigan Land Records
  • Michigan Probate Records 1797-1973  
  • BLM Land Records

Bay County, MI Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Bay County, MI?
A list of Bay County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Michigan Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Bay County, MI Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Bay County, MI?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Bay 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.

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