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Grand Traverse County, Michigan
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Grand Traverse County, Michigan Facts

GrandTraverse County

When was Grand Traverse County, MI Created?
Grand Traverse County was created on April 7, 1851 from Omeena County. This county was named for the French phrase "grande travers," which means "long crossing." It was given first to Grand Traverse Bay by French voyageurs. .

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

What counties are adjacent to Grand Traverse County, MI?
Bordering Counties are Antrim County (northeast), Kalkaska County (east), Wexford County (south), Benzie County (west), Leelanau County (northwest).

What cities and towns are in Grand Traverse County, MI?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Traverse City, Fife Lake, Kingsley.

What Townships are in Grand Traverse County, MI?
Townships located in the County include  Acme, Blair, East Bay Charter, Fife Lake, Garfield Charter, Grant, Green Lake, Long Lake, Mayfield, Paradise, Peninsula, Union, Whitewater.

Grand Traverse County, MI Vital Records

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

Grand Traverse County, MI Census Records

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

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

Grand Traverse County, MI Courthouse and Government Records

Grand Traverse County Courthouse

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

  • Grand Traverse County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 400 Boardman Avenue, Traverse City, MI 49684
  • Grand Traverse 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. Grand Traverse County Clerk Information for Genealogists
    • Phone: 231-922-4760
    • Births & Deaths: 1856
    • Marriage Records: 1853
  • Grand Traverse 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)922-4753
    • Land Records: 1853
  • Grand Traverse 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) 922-6862
    • Probate Records: 1875
  • Grand Traverse 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) 922-4710
    • Court Records: 1882
  • Michigan Land Records
  • Michigan Probate Records 1797-1973  
  • BLM Land Records

Grand Traverse County, MI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Grand Traverse County, MI?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Grand Traverse 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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Grand Traverse Co. MI Cemeteries & Church Records

Grand Traverse Co. MI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Grand Traverse Co. MI General and History Websites

Grand Traverse Co. MI Immigration & Naturalization

Grand Traverse Co. MI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Grand Traverse Co. MI Military Records

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