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Wayne County, Michigan Facts

Wayne County

When was Wayne County, MI Created?
Wayne County was created on November 21, 1815 from all lands within Michigan Territory that had been ceded by Native Americans through the 1807 Treaty of Detroit. It was an originally County. This county was named for "Mad" Anthony Wayne, (1745-1796):United States Army general and statesman.

What is the County Seat of Wayne County, MI?
The County Seat is located in Detroit also, the county government website is www.waynecounty.com/.

What counties are adjacent to Wayne County, MI?
Bordering Counties are Washtenaw County (west), Monroe County (south), Macomb County (northeast), Oakland County (northwest) Essex County Ontario (east southeast).

What cities and towns are in Wayne County, MI?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Allen Park, Belleville, Dearborn Heights, Dearborn, Detroit, Ecorse, Flat Rock, Garden City, Gibraltar, Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe Shores, Grosse Pointe Woods, Hamtramck, Harper Woods, Highland Park, Inkster, Lincoln Park, Livonia, Melvindale, Northville , Plymouth, River Rouge, Riverview, Rockwood, Romulus, Southgate, Taylor, Trenton, Wayne, Westland, Woodhaven, Wyandotte.

What Townships are in Wayne County, MI?
Townships located in the County include  Brownstown Charter, Canton Charter, Grosse Ile, Huron Charter, Northville Charter, Plymouth Charter, Redford Charter, Sumpter, Van Buren Charter.


Wayne County, MI Vital Records

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


Wayne County, MI Census Records

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

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


Wayne County, MI Courthouse and Government Records


Wayne County Courthouse

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

  • Wayne County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 201 City-County Building, Detroit, MI 48226
  • Wayne 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. Wayne County Clerk Information for Genealogists
    • Phone: 313-224-6262
    • Births & Deaths: 1867
    • Marriage Records: 1842
  • Wayne 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.
    • Address: 400 Monroe, 7th Floor, Detroit, MI 48226
    • Phone: (313) 224-5854
    • Land Records: 1703
  • Wayne 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.
    • Address: 1307 Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, 2 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226
    • Phone: (313) 224-5706
    • Probate Records: 1797
  • Wayne 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.
    • Address: 421 Madison Ave., Detroit, MI 48226
    • Phone: (313) 224-5261
    • Court Records: 1818
  • Documents relating to the erection of Wayne County and Michigan Territory
  • Minutes of the meetings of the Village Council of Hamtramck
  • Michigan Land Records
  • Michigan Probate Records 1797-1973  
  • BLM Land Records

Wayne County, MI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Wayne Co. MI Books, Newspapers & Publications

Wayne Co. MI Cemeteries & Church Records

Wayne Co. MI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Wayne Co. MI General and History Websites

Wayne Co. MI Immigration & Naturalization

Wayne Co. MI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Wayne Co. MI Military Records

Wayne Co. MI Schools & Directories

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