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Crawford County, Michigan Facts

Crawford County

When was Crawford County, MI Created?
Crawford County was created on April 1 1840 (Organized on March 22 1879) from Mackinac County (originally named Shawano County until March 8 1843). This county was named for William Crawford (1732-82) American Revolutionary War colonel western surveyor.

What is the County Seat of Crawford County, MI?
The County Seat is located in Grayling also, the county government website is www.crawfordco.org/ .

What counties are adjacent to Crawford County, MI?
Bordering Counties are Otsego County (north), Oscoda County (east), Roscommon County (south), Kalkaska County (west).

What cities and towns are in Crawford County, MI?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Grayling.

What Townships are in Crawford County, MI?
Townships located in the County include  Beaver Creek, Frederic, Grayling, Lovells, Maple Forest, South Branch.


Crawford County, MI Vital Records

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


Crawford County, MI Census Records

What Crawford County, MI census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Crawford County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Crawford Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Crawford Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Crawford 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


Crawford County, MI Courthouse and Government Records


Crawford County Courthouse

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

  • Crawford County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 200 W. Michigan Grayling MI 49783
  • Crawford 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. Crawford County Clerk Information for Genealogists
    • Phone: 989-344-3200
    • Births & Deaths: 1873
    • Marriage Records: 1873
  • Crawford 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)348-2841
    • Land Records: 1863
  • Crawford 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: (989) 344-3237
    • Probate Records: 1881 
  • Crawford 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: (989) 348-2841
    • Court Records: 1881
  • Michigan Land Records
  • Michigan Probate Records 1797-1973  
  • BLM Land Records

Crawford County, MI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Crawford Co. MI Books, Newspapers & Publications

Crawford Co. MI Cemeteries & Church Records

Crawford Co. MI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Crawford Co. MI General and History Websites

Crawford Co. MI Immigration & Naturalization

Crawford Co. MI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Crawford Co. MI Military Records

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