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Leelanau County, Michigan
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Leelanau County, Michigan Facts

When was Leelanau County, MI Created?
Leelanau County was created on April 1, 1840 from Mackinac County.

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

What counties are adjacent to Leelanau County, MI?
Bordering Counties are Grand Traverse CountyBenzie County.

Leelanau County, MI Census Records

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

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

Leelanau County, MI Courthouse and Government Records

Leelanau County Courthouse

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

Leelanau County, MI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Leelanau Co. MI Books, Newspapers & Publications

Leelanau Co. MI Cemeteries & Church Records

Leelanau Co. MI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Leelanau Co. MI General and History Websites

Leelanau Co. MI Immigration & Naturalization

Leelanau Co. MI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Leelanau Co. MI Military Records