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Washtenaw County, Michigan
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Washtenaw County, Michigan Facts

Washtenaw County

When was Washtenaw County, MI Created?
Washtenaw County was created on September 10, 1822 (Organized on December 31, 1826) from Wayne County and Oakland County. This county was named for Native American people called the area west of Detroit "Wash-ten-ong," meaning "further district" or "land beyond."

What is the County Seat of Washtenaw County, MI?
The County Seat is located in Ann Arbor also, the county government website is unknown.

What counties are adjacent to Washtenaw County, MI?
Bordering Counties are Livingston County (north), Oakland County (northeast), Ingham County (northwest), Wayne County (east), Jackson County (west), Monroe County (southeast), Lenawee County (southwest).

What cities and towns are in Washtenaw County, MI?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Ann Arbor, Chelsea, Milan, Saline, Ypsilanti, Barton Hills, Dexter, Manchester.

What Townships are in Washtenaw County, MI?
Townships located in the County include  Bridgewater, Dexter, Freedom, Lima, Lodi, Lyndon, Manchester, Northfield, Salem, Saline, Scio, Sharon, Sylvan, Webster.

Washtenaw County, MI Vital Records

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

Washtenaw County, MI Census Records

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

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

Washtenaw County, MI Courthouse and Government Records

Washtenaw County Courthouse

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

  • Washtenaw County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 200 North Main Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48107
  • Washtenaw 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. Washtenaw County Clerk Information for Genealogists
    • Phone:  (734) 222-6700
    • Births & Deaths: 1867
    • Marriage Records: 1833
  • Washtenaw 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: (734) 222-6710
    • Land Records: 1835
  • Washtenaw 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: (734) 222-3072
    • Probate Records: 1827 
  • Washtenaw 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: (734) 222-3270
    • Court Records: 1835 
  • Michigan Land Records
  • Michigan Probate Records 1797-1973  
  • BLM Land Records

Washtenaw County, MI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

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Washtenaw Co. MI Military Records

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