State of Michigan Courthouse Research

Michigan Court records cover a wide selection of genealogy subject areas that could aid you with your research, for example land ownership, courts, taxes, and naturalizations. Since Michigan court records cover a wide selection of subjects, they can help you in many different ways. For instance, they may enable you to locate ancestors' residences, establish occupations, find financial information, establish citizenship status, or shed light on relationships between people. Everything depends on what kind of court records that your ancestors" names can be found in. For Definitions of all court trems see the Genealogy Encyclopedia.

County records vary widely from county to county in both quality and quantity. Michigan County records can vary extensively from county to county in both level of quality and quantity. You will find many types of court records that are most likely to have details applicable to your genealogical research.

Michigan is divided into 83 counties. Each county serves as the local level of government within its borders. The boundaries of these counties have not changed substantially since 1897.

This list of county and city government links is limited to government-maintained websites. If you know of a Michigan county that has an official government web site but is not linked, or if the link is in error, please send us an email so we may edit our database. Michigan State Government is located in Lansing.

State of Michigan County & City Government Links
County Seat
County Seat
Alcona Harrisville Lake Baldwin
Alger Munising Lapeer Lapeer
Allegan Allegan Leelanau Suttons Bay Township
Alpena Alpena Lenawee Adrian
Antrim Bellaire Livingston Howell
Arenac Standish Luce Newberry
Baraga L'Anse Mackinac St. Ignace
Barry Hastings Macomb Mt. Clemens
Bay Bay City Manistee Manistee
Benzie Beulah Marquette Marquette
Berrien St. Joseph Mason Ludington
Branch Coldwater Mecosta Big Rapids
Calhoun Marshall Menominee Menominee
Cass Cassopolis Midland Midland
Charlevoix Charlevoix Missaukee Lake City
Cheboygan Cheboygan Monroe Monroe
Chippewa Sault Ste. Marie Montcalm Stanton
Clare Harrison Montmorency Atlanta
Clinton St. Johns Muskegon Muskegon
Crawford Grayling Newaygo White Cloud
Delta Escanaba Oakland Pontiac
Dickinson Iron Mountain Oceana Hart
Eaton Charlotte Ogemaw West Branch
Emmet Petoskey Ontonagon Ontonagon
Genesee Flint Osceola Reed City
Gladwin Gladwin Oscoda Mio
Gogebic Bessemer Otsego Gaylord
Grand Traverse Traverse City Ottawa Grand Haven
Gratiot Ithaca Presque Isle Rogers City
Hillsdale Hillsdale Roscommon Roscommon
Houghton Houghton Saginaw Saginaw
Huron Bad Axe Sanilac Sandusky
Ingham Mason Schoolcraft Manistique
Ionia Ionia Shiawassee Corunna
Iosco Tawas City St. Clair Port Huron
Iron Crystal Falls St. Joseph Centreville
Isabella Mt. Pleasant Tuscola Caro
Jackson Jackson Van Buren Paw Paw
Kalamazoo Kalamazoo Washtenaw Ann Arbor
Kalkaska Kalkaska Wayne Detroit
Kent Grand Rapids Wexford Cadillac
Keweenaw Eagle River    
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