St. Joseph County, Michigan
Genealogy, History & Facts
St. Joseph County, Michigan Facts
When was St. Joseph County, MI Created?
St. Joseph County was created on October 29, 1829 from unorganized territory .
St. Joseph County, MI Vital Records
Where can find St. Joseph County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
St. Joseph 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 St. Joseph 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.
- U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
- Social Security Death Index
- USGenweb Archives Michigan Marriage Project
- Michigan Births and Christenings, 1775-1995
- Michigan Births and Christenings Index, 1867-1911
- Michigan Births, 1867-1902
- Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925
- Michigan Marriage Records, 1867-1952
- Michigan, County Marriages, 1820-1935
- Michigan Marriages to 1850
- Michigan Marriages, 1822-1995
- Michigan Marriages, 1851-1875
- Michigan Divorce Records, 1897-1952
- Michigan Deaths and Burials Index, 1867-1995
- Michigan Deaths and Burials 1800-1995
- Michigan Deaths, 1971-1996
- Michigan Death Records, 1897-1920
- Michigan Death Certificates, 1921-1952
- Michigan Death Index, 1971-1996
- Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897
St. Joseph County, MI Census Records
What St. Joseph County, MI census records are available?
There are many types of census records for St. Joseph County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.
St. Joseph Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. St. Joseph Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. St. Joseph 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
St. Joseph County, MI Courthouse and Government Records
What genealogical records can I find in the St. Joseph County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of St. Joseph 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 St. Joseph 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 Courthouse Records Research Guide.
- St. Joseph County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here unless otherwise noted)
- Address: 125 West Main Street, Centreville, MI 49032
- St. Joseph County Clerk
- Phone: 616-467-5602
- Births & Deaths: 1867
- Marriage Records: 1832
- St. Joseph County Register of Deeds
- Phone: (269) 467-5552
- Land Records: 1830
- St. Joseph County Clerk of the Probate Court
- Phone: (269) 467-5538
- Probate Records: 1832
- St. Joseph County Clerk of the Circuit Court
- Phone: (269) 467-5542
- Court Records: 1842
- Michigan Land Records
- Michigan Probate Records 1797-1973
- BLM Land Records
St. Joseph County, MI Societies and Family History Resources
What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for St. Joseph County, MI?
A list of St. Joseph County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Michigan Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.
- Colon Historical Society Blackstone Ave. Colon 49040
- Governor Barry Historical Society 340 Florence Constantine 49042
- Tri-state Genealogical Society c/o Sturgis Public Library 130 N. Nottawa St. Sturgis MI 49091; 1-616-651-3597
- St. Joseph County Historical Society P.O. Box 492 Centreville MI / 49093; 1-616-496-5695
- St. Joseph Genealogical Society P.O. Box 486 White Pigeon 49099
- Sturgis Historical Society, 200 W. Main St., Sturgis MI / 49091; 1-616-651-3990
- Three Rivers Genealogical Society 13724 Spence Rd. Three Rivers 49093; 1 (269) 659-2512
- St. Joseph County Genealogical Society P.O. Box 486 White Pigeon MI 49099
- 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 St. Joseph County, MI Researchers through message boards and forums?
- Michigan Genealogy Network Community (plus.google.com)
- State of Michigan Genealogy Network (facebook.com)
- St. Joseph County Michigan Message Boards (boards.ancestry.com) read and post messages about your ancestors in St. Joseph County
- St. Joseph County, Michigan Genealogy Forum (genforum.genealogy.com)
What other genealogical resources are available in St. Joseph County, MI?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to St. Joseph 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.