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Eaton County, Michigan Facts

Eaton County

When was Eaton County, MI Created?
Eaton County was created on October 29, 1829 (Organized on December 29, 1837) from unorganized territory . This county was named for John Eaton (1790-1856): Secretary of War in the Jackson Administration.

What is the County Seat of Eaton County, MI?
The County Seat is located in Charlotte also, the county government website is unknown.

What counties are adjacent to Eaton County, MI?
Bordering Counties are Clinton County (northeast), Ingham County (east), Jackson County (southeast), Calhoun County (south), Barry County (west), Ionia County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Eaton County, MI?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Charlotte, Eaton Rapids, Grand Ledge, Lansing (partial) Olivet, Potterville, Bellevue, Dimondale, Mulliken, Sunfield, Vermontville.

What Townships are in Eaton County, MI?
Townships located in the County include  Bellevue, Benton, Brookfield, Carmel, Chester, Delta Charter, Eaton Rapids, Eaton, Hamlin, Kalamo, Oneida Charter, Roxand, Sunfield, Vermontville, Walton, Windsor Charter.


Eaton County, MI Vital Records

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


Eaton County, MI Census Records

What Eaton County, MI census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Eaton County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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


Eaton County, MI Courthouse and Government Records


Eaton County Courthouse

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

  • Eaton County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 1045 Independence Boulevard, Charlotte, MI 48813
  • Eaton 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. Eaton County Clerk Information for Genealogists
    • Phone: 517-543-7500
    • Births & Deaths: 1867
    • Marriage Records: 1838
  • Eaton 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: 517-543-4203
    • Land Records: 1835
  • Eaton 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: (517) 543-7500
    • Probate Records: 1835 
  • Eaton 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: (517) 543-4335
    • Court Records: 1832 
  • Michigan Land Records
  • Michigan Probate Records 1797-1973  
  • BLM Land Records

Eaton County, MI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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