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Berrien County, Michigan
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Berrien County, Michigan Facts

When was Berrien County, MI Created?
Berrien County was created on October 29 1829 from unorganized territory .

What is the County Seat of Berrien County, MI?
The County Seat is located in St. Joseph also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Berrien County, MI?
Bordering Counties are Van Buren CountyCass County St. Joseph County IN La Porte County IN.

Berrien County, MI Census Records

What Berrien County, MI census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Berrien County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 183018401850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

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

Berrien County, MI Courthouse and Government Records

Berrien County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Berrien County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Berrien 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 Berrien 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.

Berrien County, MI Societies and Family History Resources

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

  •  Berrien County Historical Association 313 N. Cass Street P.O. Box 261 Berrien Springs MI 49103; (269) 471-1202 Fax (269) 471-7412. The archives are accessible during museum hours but researchers are strongly urged to call ahead to insure that the curator will be available to assist them.
  • Berrien County Genealogical Society P.O. Box 8808 Benton Harbor MI 49023-8808
  • Four Flags Area Genealogical Society P.O. Box 414 Niles MI 49120-0414
  • Ft. Miami Heritage Society Of Michigan 708 State St. St. Joseph 49085
  • Galien Woods Historical Society 708 Galien-Buchanan Rd. Galien 49113
  • North Berrien Historical Society 300 Coloma Ave P.O. Box 207 Coloma MI 49038; 269-468-3330
  • State Archives of Michigan, 702 W Kalamazoo Str, P.O. Box 30738, Lansing, MI 48909-8238; (517) 373-1408
  • Library of Michigan, 702 W. Kalamazoo St, Lansing, MI 48909
  • Historical Society of Michigan, 1305 Abbott Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823; (517) 324-1828

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

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

Berrien Co. MI Books, Newspapers & Publications

Berrien Co. MI Cemeteries & Church Records

Berrien Co. MI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Berrien Co. MI General and History Websites

Berrien Co. MI Immigration & Naturalization

Berrien Co. MI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Berrien Co. MI Military Records

Berrien Co. MI Schools & Directories