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Wayne County, Michigan

Wayne County

Wayne County was founded 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.

The Wayne County Seat is located in Detroit also, the county government website is

Counties bordering Wayne County Washtenaw County (west), Monroe County (south), Macomb County (northeast), Oakland County (northwest) Essex County Ontario (east southeast).

Incorporated Cities & Villages located in Wayne 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.

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

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 consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found 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.

Wayne County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Wayne County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Wayne County Courthouse and Government Records

Wayne County Courthouse

Genealogist often overlook the importance of Wayne County court, probate, and land records as a source of genealogy and family history information. Hidden away in Michigan courthouses and archives just about everywhere tend to be the hopes and dreams and worries of countless Michigan citizens.

The chances are very good that your potential ancestors and forefathers have left a in-depth document of at least several elements of their lives in the Wayne County court records. Even if your ancestors and forefathers is not discussed in a Court case, consider all of the other procedures which may have lead to her or him showing up in court records.

The following specifics indicates exactly what birth, death, marriage, property, probate, and legal records are in Wayne County. The dates pointed out below are considered the first known records with this county.

You need to contact the clerk's office to verify hours, mailing address, fees and other details prior to visiting or seeking information because of in some cases changing contact info. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records and documents are readily available to interested parties, barring private issues. Most staff will guide persons in locating the resources, but it's up to the man or women to carry out the researching.
  • 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

Wayne County Links

The following are links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources related 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. Feel free to provide your own most liked Wayne County genealogy or family history associated sites.

Wayne Co. MI Books, Newspapers & Publications

Wayne Co. MI Birth, Marriage & Death Records

Wayne Co. MI Court, Probate Land and Tax Records

Wayne Co. MI Census Records

Wayne Co. MI Cemeteries & Graveyards

Wayne Co. MI Church & Bible 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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