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Oakland County, Michigan
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Oakland County, Michigan Facts

Oakland County

When was Oakland County, MI Created?
Oakland County was created on January 12, 1819 (Organized on March 28, 1820) from Macomb County. This county was named for the numerous "oak openings" in the county. Dr. Bela Hubbard, surveyor of Michigan, described an "oak opening" as "a majestic orchard of oaks and hickories varied by small prairies, grassy lawns and clear lakes." .

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

What counties are adjacent to Oakland County, MI?
Bordering Counties are Lapeer County (northeast), Genesee County (northwest), Macomb County (east), Wayne County (southeast), Washtenaw County (southwest), Livingston County (west).

What cities and towns are in Oakland County, MI?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Auburn Hills, Berkley, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, Clawson, Farmington, Farmington Hills, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Huntington Woods, Keego Harbor, Lake Angelus, Lathrup Village, Madison Heights, Novi, Oak Park, Orchard Lake Village, Pleasant Ridge, Pontiac, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak, South Lyon, Southfield, Sylvan Lake, Troy, Walled Lake, Wixom, Beverly Hills, Bingham Farms, Franklin, Holly, Lake Orion, Leonard, Milford, Ortonville, Oxford, Wolverine Lake.

What Townships are in Oakland County, MI?
Townships located in the County include  Addison, Bloomfield Charter, Brandon, Commerce Charter, Groveland, Highland Charter, Holly, Independence Charter, Lyon Charter, Milford Charter, Novi, Oakland Charter, Orion Charter, Oxford Charter, Rose, Royal Oak Charter, Southfield, Springfield, Waterford Charter, West Bloomfield Charter, White Lake.

Oakland County, MI Vital Records

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

Oakland County, MI Census Records

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

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

Oakland County, MI Courthouse and Government Records

Oakland County Courthouse

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

  • Oakland County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 1200 North Telegraph Road, Pontiac, MI 48341
  • Oakland 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. Oakland County Clerk Information for Genealogists
    • Phone: 248-858-0572
    • Births & Deaths: 1867
    • Marriage Records: 1827
  • Oakland 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: (248) 858-0608
    • Land Records: 1821
  • Oakland 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: (248) 858-0260
    • Probate Records: 1822
  • Oakland 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: (248) 858-0345
    • Court Records: 1826 
  • Michigan Land Records
  • Michigan Probate Records 1797-1973  
  • BLM Land Records

Oakland County, MI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Oakland Co. MI Books, Newspapers & Publications

Oakland Co. MI Cemeteries & Church Records

Oakland Co. MI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Oakland Co. MI General and History Websites

Oakland Co. MI Immigration & Naturalization

Oakland Co. MI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Oakland Co. MI Military Records

Oakland Co. MI Schools & Directories

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