Genesee County, Michigan Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Flint
Organized: March 28, 1835
Parent County(s): Lapeer, Saginaw, Shiawassee[1]
Neighboring Counties
Lapeer  • Livingston  • Oakland  • Saginaw  • Shiawassee  • Tuscola
See County Maps
Courthouse
Michigan, Genesee County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Michigan, Genesee County Locator Map.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Genesee County, New York. The County is located in the southeast area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Genesee County Courthouse
900 S Saginaw St.
Flint, MI 48502
Phone: (810) 257-3225
Genesee County Website

County Clerk has birth and death from 1867, marriage and court records from 1835, and divorce records from 1890.
Probate Judge holds probate records from 1954-present.
Probate records from 1836-1953.
Land Records are located at the County Administration Building
Cemetery custodians have burial records. [3]

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

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1867 1835 1867 1835 1819 1836 1820
Statewide registration started in 1867 for births and deaths. General compliance by 1915.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Cities
Villages
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Additional Information
Genesee County is located northwest of the Detroit area and is north of Livingston County and Oakland County. It has a number of communities, including Grand Blanc, Burton, Mundy Township, Davison, and the county seat is Flint.

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Genesee County, Michigan online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Michigan Cemeteries for more information

 

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 4,268
1850 12,031 181.9%
1860 22,498 87.0%
1870 33,900 50.7%
1880 39,220 15.7%
1890 39,430 0.5%
1900 41,804 6.0%
1910 64,555 54.4%
1920 125,668 94.7%
1930 211,641 68.4%
1940 227,944 7.7%
1950 270,963 18.9%
1960 374,313 38.1%
1970 444,341 18.7%
1980 450,449 1.4%
1990 430,459 −4.4%
2000 436,141 1.3%
2010 425,790 −2.4%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".


State Census

Church Records[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.

Ward and Branch Records of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

  • Flint


List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[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 Genesee County courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Genesee County. 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 and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Civil War service men from Genesee County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Genesee County.

Online Indexes and Records

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[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.

  • 1836-1953-Probate records are housed at the the Genesee Historical Collections Center, Room 227, Frances Willson Thompson Library, University of Michigan, Flint.
  • 1953-Present-Probate records are available from Probate Judge.

Online Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Michigan tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information see the Wiki page, Michigan Taxation.

1797-1973 Genesee County, Michigan Tax records, 1844-1880, 1890 at FamilySearch

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.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Genesee County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Michigan Archives and Libraries.

  • Perry Archives at the Sloan Museum
    1221 E. Kearsley Street
    Flint, Michigan 48503
    Phone: 810 237-3440
    E-mail: Collections@SloanLongway.org
    Website
Written email appointments are strongly encouraged. Archive contains large newspaper collection, family journals, and funeral home records.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Genesee County. For state-wide library facilities, see Michigan Archives and Libraries.

  • Flint Public Library
    1026 E. Kearsley
    Flint, MI 48503
    Phone: 810 232-7111
    Website
Flint Public Library is home to the second largest open stack genealogical collection in Michigan.
  • Genesee Historical Collections Center
    Room 227, Frances Willson Thompson Library
    University of Michigan, Flint
    Flint, MI 48502
    Phone: 810 762-3402
    Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

  • Sloan Museum
    4190 East Court Street
    Burton, MI 48509
    Phone: 810-237-3450
    website

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Genesee County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Michigan Societies.

Websites[edit | edit source]

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Michigan.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Genesee County, Michigan" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Michigan.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Michigan.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Michigan.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Genesee County, Michigan," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia accessed 18 September 2019.