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Lenawee County, Michigan Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Adrian
Organized: December 31, 1826.
Parent County(s): Monroe[1]
Neighboring Counties
Fulton (OH)  • Hillsdale  • Jackson  • Lucas (OH)  • Monroe  • Washtenaw
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for a Native American word meaning "male", from the Delaware "leno or lenno" or the Shawnee "lenawai". The County is located in the southeast area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Lenawee County Courthouse
425 N Main Street
Adrian, MI 49221
Phone: 517-264-4606
Lenawee County Website

County Clerk has birth, marriage and death records from 1867, divorce and court records from 1870.[3]

Lenawee 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 1867 1867 1870 1827 1827 1820
Statewide registration started in 1867 for births and deaths. General compliance by 1915.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1852 A fire on March 4, 1852 destroyed the courthouse and most of the files.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

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]

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 Lenawee 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.
1830 1,491
1840 17,889 1099.8%
1850 26,372 47.4%
1860 38,112 44.5%
1870 45,595 19.6%
1880 48,343 6.0%
1890 48,448 0.2%
1900 48,406 −0.1%
1910 47,907 −1.0%
1920 47,767 −0.3%
1930 49,849 4.4%
1940 53,110 6.5%
1950 64,629 21.7%
1960 77,789 20.4%
1970 81,609 4.9%
1980 89,948 10.2%
1990 91,476 1.7%
2000 98,890 8.1%
2010 99,892 1.0%
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.


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 Lenawee County courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Lenawee 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.

  • One Hundred Years-A Country Town:The Village of Tecumseh, Michigan 1824-1924, is an excellent source for early history of Tecumseh, Lenawee County, Michigan. The book can be found in FamilySearch Catalog or WorldCat by Clara Waldron. Published by Thomas A Riordan, 1968.

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Civil War service men from Lenawee County served in various regiments. Men often joined a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are companies and regiments that had many men from Lenawee County.

- 12th Regiment, Michigan Infantry, Company F
- 17th Regiment, Michigan Infantry, Company A
- Engineer Regiment of the West, Missouri Volunteers (Union), Company E

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.

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.

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 Lenawee County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Michigan Archives and Libraries.

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

Adrian Michigan Family History Center
140 Sand Creek Hwy
Adrian, MI 49221
517-263-4789 (to leave a message)
517-423-2919 (to make an appointment)
E-mail:AdrianMiFHC@gmail.com
Website

Libraries[edit | edit source]

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

  • Adrian District Library
    143 E. Maumee St.
    Adrian, MI 49221
    517-265-2265
    Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

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

  • Bean Creek Valley Historical Society
    205 So. Market Church
    Hudson, MI 49247
  • Blissfield Area Historical Society
    105 N. Lane Street
    Blissfield, MI 49228
    Phone: 517-486-4816
  • Onsted Community Historical Society
    1145 Sand Lake
    Onsted, MI 49265
    Phone: 517-467-5300
    Facebook
  • Lenawee County Historical Society
    110 E. Church St.
    Adrian, MI 49221
    Phone: 517-265-6071
    Website Facebook

Websites[edit | edit source]

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  • Lenawee County, MI-Roots Michigan Roots is a member of the PA-Roots family of websites.
  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
  • Lenawee County MI Genealogy (ldsgenealogy.com)
  • FamilySearch Catalog – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.

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, "Lenawee 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, "Lenawee County, Michigan," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia accessed 22 October 2019.