Gratiot County, Michigan Genealogy

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Guide to Gratiot County, Michigan ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Gratiot County, Michigan
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Location of Michigan in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 2, 1831
County Seat Ithaca
Courthouse
Address 214 East Center St.
Ithaca, MI 48847
Phone: (517) 875-5215
Gratiot County Website


County Information[edit | edit source]

Gratiot County, Michigan Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1867 1867 1867 1820 1847 1867

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

County Clerk has birth, death, divorce and court records from 1867 and marriage records from 1855.
Probate Court has probate records.
Register of Deeds has land records.[2]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1831--Gratiot County was created 2 March 1831 from unorganized territory. It was attached to Saginaw and Clinton Counties prior to organization 3 February 1855.

County seat[edit | edit source]

Ithaca [3]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

For animated maps illustrating Michigan county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Michigan County Boundary Maps" (1790-1897) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

For a list of record loss in Michigan counties see: Michigan Counties with Burned Courthouses

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Clinton  • Ionia  • Isabella  • Midland  • Montcalm  • Saginaw  • Shiawassee

Template:MIGratiot County, Michigan Clickable Neighbors

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

BillionGraves

Church[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Michigan denominations, view the Michigan Church Records wiki page.

Court[edit | edit source]

Land[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Michigan Land and Property for additional information about early Michigan land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the {{{1}}} County courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Gratiot County, Michigan Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Michigan Local Histories.

Maps[edit | edit source]

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Military[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Finding More Michigan Newspapers[edit source]

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Gratiot County, Michigan Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:

Probate[edit | edit source]

In most counties in Michigan, probate records have been kept by the county judge. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate packets, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

Online Probate Records

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

  • Birth Records and Death Records from 1867 can be obtained from the Michigan Department of Community Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.
  • Marriage Records from 1867 and Divorce Records from 1897 can be obtained from the County Clerk.

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers
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Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Web Sites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 369-384. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Gratiot County, Michigan page 345, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).