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Michigan Census Notes
Between 1763 and 1783, Michigan was part of Quebec Territory. Between 1787 and 1800, Michigan was considered to be a part of the Northwest Territory. Between 1800 and 1805, it was part of Ohio and Indian Territories. These facts can come into play when researching census records for Michigan ancestors.
Wisconsin was carved from Michigan Territory so when searching for ancestors from Wisconsin areas in early years, you will also need to consider searching in Michigan.
1810 Michigan Territorial Census Records are missing in entirety.
There is an 1827 Michigan Territorial Census. See 1827-1870 Michigan Census Records at Ancestry.
Federal Michigan Census Records are available to the public for the following census years: 1820, 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920 and 1930. See 1790-1940 US Census Records at Ancestry.
Soundex Indexes for Federal Michigan census records are available on microfilm for census years: 1880, 1900, 1910 and 1920.
The 1890 Veterans and Widows census schedules for Michigan state did survive and are often used as a helpful census substitute. See 1890 Veterans Schedules at Ancestry.
Michigan State Census Records were enumerated every 10 years: 1854, 1864, 1874, 1884, 1894, & 1904. Additional state census records were taken in some areas for 1837, 1845 and 1888.
See Michigan State Census Records:
In 1888, the state of Michigan took a census of Civil War Veterans. Details include the Michigan county, name of soldier, rank, military unit and the veterans post office address in 1888. These records are located at the State Archives of Michigan.
Michigan Native American
Learn what questions were asked in each census year and where to find census records online. This section of Census Finder covers each census year from 1790-1940 and will give you clues and tips to help you learn to locate your ancestors quickly in census records.
Michigan Census Records
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Michigan Census Records &
Michigan Dept of Health
Lansing, MI 48913
Birth, marriage and death records after 1867 are on file at the Michigan Dept. of Health above. Many of these are also on file at the county level with the county clerk of each respective county.
Copies of most records before 1867 may be obtained from the County Clerk in the county where the event occurred.
Michigan Vital Record Databases
Newspapers & Obituaries
MI Genealogy Links
US Census Records
FREE Genealogy Tools
(Territory: 1805. Statehood 1837)
Michigan Statewide Census Records Online
Michigan Library - Michigan residents may access Heritage Quest Online freely.
Other MI Statewide Genealogy Records Used as Census Substitutes
MI Census Records Online by County
Iosco County Census Records (formed 1857 from Cheboygan & Saginaw)
Iowa County Census Records (formed in 1830 from part of Crawford County, MI. Transferred to Wisconsin Territory in 1836. Today is Iowa County, Wisconsin.)
No known Michigan census online. Submit census links for inclusion in Census Finder's Directory.
Iron County (formed 1885 from Marquette & Menominee)
Isabella County (formed 1831 from Midland & Saginaw)
Isle Royal County (formed 1875 from part of Keweenaw County. Disorganized in 1897 and returned to Keweenaw County.)
Jackson County (formed 1832 from Washtenaw)
Kalamazoo County (formed 1829 from St. Joseph)
Kalkaska County Census Records (formed 1870 from Antrim & Grand Traverse)
Kanotin County Census Records (formed 1840. Renamed Iosco County in 1843)
Kautawaubet County Census Records (formed 1840. Renamed Wexford County in 1843)
Kaykakee County Census Records (formed 1840. Renamed Clare County in 1843)
No known Michigan census online for the above counties. Submit a link!
Kent County Census Records (formed 1836 from Kalamazoo)
Formed in 1840 from a part of Mackinac County. Renamed Charlevoix County in 1843. Annexed to Emmet County in 1853. Split into Charlevoix and Emmet Counties in 1869.
No known Michigan census online. Submit a link!
Keweenaw County (formed 1861 from Houghton)
Lake County Census Records (formed 1870 from Mason, Newaygo and Oceana)
Lapeer County (formed 1835 from Oakland)
Leelanau County Census Records (formed 1840 from Grand Traverse)
Lenawee County Census Records (formed 1822 from Wayne)
Livingston County (formed 1836 from Shiawasee & Washtenaw)
Luce County Census Records (formed 1887 from Chippewa & Mackinac)
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