Search For Your Ancestors in Historical Documents




Manistee County, Michigan
Genealogy, History & Facts

Manistee County, Michigan Facts

Manistee County

When was Manistee County, MI Created?
Manistee County was created on April 1, 1840 (Organized on February 13, 1855) from Mackinac County. This county was named for the Manistee River, which in turn is from the Ojibwe name, ministigweyaa meaning (river) at whose mouth there are islands.

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

What counties are adjacent to Manistee County, MI?
Bordering Counties are Benzie County (north), Wexford County (east), Lake County (southeast), Mason County (southwest).

What cities and towns are in Manistee County, MI?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Manistee, Bear Lake, Copemish, Eastlake, Kaleva, Onekama.

What Townships are in Manistee County, MI?
Townships located in the County include  Arcadia, Bear Lake, Brown, Cleon, Dickson, Filer Charter, Manistee, Maple Grove, Marilla, Norman, Onekama, Pleasanton, Springdale, Stronach.

Manistee County, MI Vital Records

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

Manistee County, MI Census Records

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

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

Manistee County, MI Courthouse and Government Records

Manistee County Courthouse

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

  • Manistee County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 415 Third Street, Manistee, MI 49660
  • Manistee 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. Manistee County Clerk Information for Genealogists
    • Phone: 231-723-3331
    • Births & Deaths: 1867
    • Marriage Records: 1867
  • Manistee 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) 723-2146
    • Land Records: 1868
  • Manistee 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) 723-3261
    • Probate Records: 1881 
  • Manistee 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) 723-6664
    • Court Records: 1855
  • Michigan Land Records
  • Michigan Probate Records 1797-1973  
  • BLM Land Records

Manistee County, MI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Manistee Co. MI Books, Newspapers & Publications

Manistee Co. MI Cemeteries & Church Records

Manistee Co. MI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Manistee Co. MI General and History Websites

Manistee Co. MI Immigration & Naturalization

Manistee Co. MI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Manistee Co. MI Military Records

Copyright © 2014,