Saginaw County, Michigan Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Saginaw
Organized: February 9, 1855
Parent County(s): St. Clair[1]
Neighboring Counties
Bay  • Clinton  • Genesee  • Gratiot  • Midland  • Shiawassee  • Tuscola
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 Sace-nong or Sak-e-nong (English: Sauk land), as the Sauk (French: Sac) tribe is believed by some to have once lived there. A more likely possibility is that it comes from Ojibwe words meaning "place of the outlet". The County is located in the center area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Saginaw County Courthouse
111 S Michigan Ave.
Saginaw, MI 48602
Phone: 517-790-5251
Saginaw County Website

County Clerk has birth and marriage records from 1867, death records from 1868, divorce records from 1886 and court records from 1843.
Probate Court has probate records;
Equalization Department has land records.[3]

Saginaw 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 1868 1843 1836 1800 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]

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 Saginaw 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 892
1850 2,609 192.5%
1860 12,693 386.5%
1870 39,097 208.0%
1880 59,095 51.1%
1890 82,273 39.2%
1900 81,222 −1.3%
1910 89,290 9.9%
1920 100,286 12.3%
1930 120,717 20.4%
1940 130,468 8.1%
1950 153,515 17.7%
1960 190,752 24.3%
1970 219,743 15.2%
1980 228,059 3.8%
1990 211,946 −7.1%
2000 210,039 −0.9%
2010 200,169 −4.7%
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.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Ward and Branch Records

  • Saginaw


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 Saginaw County courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Saginaw 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

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 Saginaw 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

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Saginaw County. For state-wide library facilities, see Michigan Archives and Libraries.
Hoyt Library
505 Janes Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48607
Phone: 989-755-9827
Website
Butman-Fish
1716 Hancock Street
Saginaw, MI 48602
Phone: 989-799-9160
Website
Wickes
1713 Hess Street
Saginaw, MI 48601
Phone: 989-752-3821
Website
Zauel Memorial
3100 North Center Road
Saginaw, MI 48603
Phone: 989-799-2771
Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Castle Museum of Saginaw County Historical Society
500 Fede​ral Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48607
989-752-2861
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Saginaw County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Michigan Societies.
Saginaw Genealogical Society
PO Box 6584
Saginaw, MI 48608-6584
Website Facebook

Chesaning Genealogical Society
602 West Broad Street
Chesaning, MI 48616
Phone: 989-845-3155
Website

Cass River Genealogical Society
c/o James E. Wickson Memorial Library
359 South Franklin Street
Frankenmuth, Michigan 48734-1529
Website

St. Charles Historical Society and Museum
603 Chesaning Street
Saint Charles, MI 48655
Phone: 989-865-9115

Websites[edit | edit source]

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  • Saginaw 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.
  • Saginaw 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, "Saginaw 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, "Saginaw County, Michigan," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia accessed 11 November 2019.