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Mackinac County, Michigan Facts

Mackinac County

When was Mackinac County, MI Created?
Mackinac County was created on October 26, 1818 (Organized on January 26 1837) from Wayne County (was originally named Michilimackinac County until January 26, 1837). This county was originally Michilimackinac, believed to be a French interpretation of the Native American name for the place .

What is the County Seat of Mackinac County, MI?
The County Seat is located in St. Ignace also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Mackinac County, MI?
Bordering Counties are Luce County, Chippewa County, Schoolcraft County, Emmet County.

What cities and towns are in Mackinac County, MI?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Mackinac Island, St. Ignace.

What Townships are in Mackinac County, MI?
Townships located in the County include  Bois Blanc, Brevort, Clark, Garfield, Hendricks, Hudson, Marquette, Moran, Newton, Portage, St. Ignace.

Mackinac County, MI Vital Records

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

Mackinac County, MI Census Records

What Mackinac County, MI census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Mackinac County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

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

Mackinac County, MI Courthouse and Government Records

Mackinac County Courthouse

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

  • Mackinac County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 100 North Marley Street, St. Ignace, MI 49781
  • Mackinac 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. Mackinac County Clerk Information for Genealogists
    • Phone: 906-643-7300
    • Births & Deaths: 1873
    • Marriage Records: 1867
  • Mackinac 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: (906) 643-7306
    • Land Records: 1785
  • Mackinac 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: (906) 643-7303
    • Probate Records: 1851 
  • Mackinac 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: (906) 643-7300
    • Court Records: 1808 
  • Michigan Land Records
  • Michigan Probate Records 1797-1973  
  • BLM Land Records

Mackinac County, MI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

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Mackinac Co. MI Immigration & Naturalization

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Mackinac Co. MI Military Records

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