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Charlevoix County, Michigan Facts

Charlevoix County

When was Charlevoix County, MI Created?
Charlevoix County was created on April 2 1869 (Organized on April 2 1869) from Antrim County, Emmet County and Otsego County (originally named Keshkaiko County until renamed on March 8 1843 annexed to Emmet County in 1853 reformed in 1869). This county was named for Pierre François Xavier de Charlevoix (1682-1761): Jesuit traveller and historian of New France.

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

What counties are adjacent to Charlevoix County, MI?
Bordering Counties are Emmet County, Cheboygan County, Otsego County, Antrim County.

What cities and towns are in Charlevoix County, MI?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Boyne City, Charlevoix, East Jordan, Boyne Falls.

What Townships are in Charlevoix County, MI?
Townships located in the County include  Bay, Boyne Valley, Chandler, Charlevoix, Evangeline, Eveline, Hayes, Hudson, Marion, Melrose, Norwood, Peaine, South Arm, St. James, Wilson.

Charlevoix County, MI Vital Records

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

Charlevoix County, MI Census Records

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

Charlevoix Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1870 and 1880. Charlevoix Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1870 and 1880. Charlevoix 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

Charlevoix County, MI Courthouse and Government Records

Charlevoix County Courthouse

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

  • Charlevoix County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 301 State Street Charlevoix MI 49720
  • Charlevoix 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. Charlevoix County Clerk Information for Genealogists
    • Phone: 231-547-7200
    • Births & Deaths: 1868
    • Marriage Records: 1868
  • Charlevoix 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: (231) 547-7204
    • Land Records: 1869
  • Charlevoix 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: 231-547-7214
    • Probate Records: 1881 
  • Charlevoix 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: (231) 547-7243
    • Court Records: 1869 
  • Michigan Land Records
  • Michigan Probate Records 1797-1973  
  • BLM Land Records

Charlevoix County, MI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

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