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Genesee County, Michigan
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Genesee County, Michigan Facts

Genesee County

When was Genesee County, MI Created?
Genesee County was created on March 28, 1835 from Lapeer County, Saginaw County and Shiawassee County. This county was named for the Seneca word, "je-nis-hi-yeh," meaning "beautiful valley": named after western New York State valley from which many settlers came .

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

What counties are adjacent to Genesee County, MI?
Bordering Counties are Tuscola County, Saginaw County, Lapeer County, Shiawassee County, Oakland County, Livingston County.

What cities and towns are in Genesee County, MI?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Burton, Clio, Davison, Fenton, Flint, Flushing, Grand Blanc, Linden, Montrose, Mount Morris, Swartz Creek, Gaines, Goodrich, Lennon, Otisville, Otter Lake.

What Townships are in Genesee County, MI?
Townships located in the County include Clayton, Fenton, Flint, Flushing, Genesee, Grand Blanc, Montrose, Mount Morris, Mundy, Vienna Genesee, Huntingtown, Kipp Corners, Lakeside, Pine Run, Richfield Center,  Argentine, Atlas, Davison, Gaines, Richfield, Thetford, Forest, Rogersville, Russellville, Thetford Center, Rankin, Whigville, Whitesburg.

Genesee County, MI Vital Records

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

Genesee County, MI Census Records

What Genesee County, MI census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Genesee 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.

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

Genesee County, MI Courthouse and Government Records

Genesee County Courthouse

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

  • Genesee County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 900 S. Saginaw Street, Flint, MI 48502
  • Genesee 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. Genesee County Clerk Information for Genealogists
    • Phone: 810-257-3225
    • Births & Deaths: 1867
    • Marriage Records: 1867
  • Genesee 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: 810.257.3060
    • Land Records: 1819
  • Genesee 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: (810) 257-3528
    • Probate Records: 1836 
  • Genesee 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: (810) 424-4355
    • Court Records: 1835 
  • Michigan Land Records
  • Michigan Probate Records 1797-1973  
  • BLM Land Records

Genesee County, MI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Genesee Co. MI Books, Newspapers & Publications

Genesee Co. MI Cemeteries & Church Records

Genesee Co. MI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

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Genesee Co. MI Immigration & Naturalization

Genesee Co. MI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Genesee Co. MI Military Records

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