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Lake County, Michigan
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Lake County, Michigan Facts

When was Lake County, MI Created?
Lake County was created on April 1, 1840 from Mackinac County (Originally named Aishcum County, until the name was changed on March 8, 1843).

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

What counties are adjacent to Lake County, MI?
Bordering Counties are Wexford CountyOsceola CountyNewaygo CountyMason CountyManistee County.

Lake County, MI Census Records

What Lake County, MI census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Lake County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 18401850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

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

Lake County, MI Courthouse and Government Records

Lake County Courthouse

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

Lake County, MI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Lake Co. MI Books, Newspapers & Publications

Lake Co. MI Cemeteries & Church Records

Lake Co. MI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Lake Co. MI General and History Websites

Lake Co. MI Immigration & Naturalization

Lake Co. MI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Lake Co. MI Military Records