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Benzie County, Michigan Genealogy

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

Benzie County, Michigan
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Location of Michigan in the U.S.
Facts
Founded February 27, 1863
County Seat Beulah
Courthouse
Address Benzie County Courthouse
448 Court Place
Beulah, MI 49617-0377
Phone: (231) 882-9671
Benzie County Website


County InformationEdit

DescriptionEdit

The County was named for the Betsie River. The County has Beulah as its seat and the County was created 1863. The County is located in the northwest area of the state.[1]

Benzie County, Michigan Record DatesEdit

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1868 1869 1868 1969 1854 1870 1820
Statewide registration started in 1867 for births and deaths. General compliance by 1915.

County CourthouseEdit


County Clerk has birth and death records from 1868,
marriage and court records from 1869,
divorce and probate records from 1870,
naturalization records from 1871
and burial records from 1934.[3]

HistoryEdit

Parent CountyEdit

1863--Benzie County was created 27 February 1863 from Leelanau County. It was attached to Grand Traverse County prior to organization 30 March 1869.

County seatEdit

Beulah [4]

Boundary ChangesEdit

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 LossEdit

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

Places/LocalitiesEdit

Populated PlacesEdit

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:[5]

Cities
Villages
Native American communities
Census-designated places
Townships
Ghost towns
  • Allyn Station (Pratts)
  • Almira
  • Aral
  • Cedar Run
  • Edgewater
  • Gilmore
  • Grant House (Homestead)
  • Homestead
  • Inland
  • Joyfield
  • Kentville
  • Melva
  • Osborn
  • Oviat
  • Platte
  • Playtte River (Melva)
  • Pratts
  • Stormer
  • Success (Ransom Creek)
  • Wallin
  • Weldon


Neighboring CountiesEdit

Grand Traverse  • Leelanau  • Manistee  • Wexford  •

ResourcesEdit

CemeteriesEdit

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
USGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
MIGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
MIInterment
Billion Graves
See Michigan Cemeteries for more information.

CensusEdit

State Census

ChurchEdit

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.

CourtEdit

Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

LandEdit

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 HistoriesEdit

Local histories are available for Benzie 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.

MapsEdit

Manistee CountyWexford CountyGrand Traverse CountyLeelanau County250PX
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

MilitaryEdit

Civil WarEdit

Civil War service men from Benzie 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 Benzie County.

Online Records

World War IEdit

Naturalization and CitizenshipEdit

NewspapersEdit

Finding More Michigan NewspapersEdit

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

ObituariesEdit

ProbateEdit

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

TaxationEdit

Vital RecordsEdit

  • 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.
BirthsEdit
MarriagesEdit
DeathsEdit

Societies and LibrariesEdit

Benzie Area Historical Society
PO Box 185
6941 Traverse Avenue
Benzonia 49616
Website

Family History Centers
Edit

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.

WebsitesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Benzie County, Michigan" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benzie_County,_Michigan."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Benzie County, Michigan . Page 343-351 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 346-349.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Benzie County, Michigan page 343, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "NAME OF ARTICLE," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benzie_County%2C_Michigan, accessed 06 September 2019.