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Bay County, Michigan
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Bay County, Michigan Facts

When was Bay County, MI Created?
Bay County was created on April 20 1857 from Midland CountySaginaw County and Arenac County.

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

What counties are adjacent to Bay County, MI?
Bordering Counties are Arenac CountyGladwin CountyTuscola CountyMidland CountySaginaw County.

Bay County, MI Census Records

What Bay County, MI census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Bay County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

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

Bay County, MI Courthouse and Government Records

Bay County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Bay County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Bay County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Michigan courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Michigan residents.

The possibilities are excellent that your forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Bay County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records. See Also Michigan Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Bay County, MI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Bay Co. MI Books, Newspapers & Publications

Bay Co. MI Cemeteries & Church Records

Bay Co. MI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Bay Co. MI General and History Websites

Bay Co. MI Immigration & Naturalization

Bay Co. MI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Bay Co. MI Military Records

Bay Co. MI Schools & Directories