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Wayne County, Michigan
Genealogy, History & Facts

Wayne County, Michigan Facts

When was Wayne County, MI Created?
Wayne County was created on November 21, 1815 from all lands within Michigan Territory that had been ceded by Native Americans through the 1807 Treaty of Detroit. It was an originally County.

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

What counties are adjacent to Wayne County, MI?
Bordering Counties are Washtenaw CountyMonroe CountyMacomb CountyOakland County Essex County Ontario (east southeast).

Wayne County, MI Census Records

What Wayne County, MI census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Wayne County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1820183018401850186018701880 (free index)1890 (fragment)19001910192019301940.

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

Wayne County, MI Courthouse and Government Records

Wayne County Courthouse

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

Wayne County, MI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Wayne Co. MI Books, Newspapers & Publications

Wayne Co. MI Cemeteries & Church Records

Wayne Co. MI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Wayne Co. MI General and History Websites

Wayne Co. MI Immigration & Naturalization

Wayne Co. MI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Wayne Co. MI Military Records

Wayne Co. MI Schools & Directories