Lake County, Michigan Records

Lake County, Michigan (Map It) was created on April 1, 1840 from Mackinac County. The county was named for several small lakes and lies near Lake Michigan.

Lake County is bordered by Wexford County (northeast), Osceola County (east), Newaygo County (south), Mason County (west), Manistee County (northwest).

Lake County Cities, Towns & Villages include  Baldwin, Luther.

Lake County Townships include  Chase, Cherry Valley, Dover, Eden, Elk, Ellsworth, Lake, Newkirk, Peacock, Pinora, Pleasant Plains, Sauble, Sweetwater, Webber, Yates.

A Map of Lake County, Michigan contains detailed information about roads and boundaries, these maps may include rural communities, churches, and cemeteries.

Lake County, Michigan Courthouse Records

Lake County, Michigan Courthouse
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Lake County, MI Courthouse

The Lake County Courthouse is located in Baldwin, Michigan. Some early records  prior to organization on May 1, 1871 may be located in Ottawa County, Mason County and Newaygo County. Learn More About State of Michigan Court, Tax, Land and Probate Records.

The Clerk's Office DOES NOT DO RESEARCH. Most staff will assist people in finding the materials, but it is up to the individual to do the research.

The following dates indicates what vital, land, probate, and court records are in Lake county. The date listed for each record is usually the earliest registration filed. The date does not indicate that there are alot records for that year and does not mean that all such events were actually filed with the clerk.

  • Lake County Clerk has Births & Deaths from 1870 and Marriage Records from 1870. The County Clerk is responsible for keeping records of births, deaths, assumed names, co-partnerships, issuing and filing marriage licenses, gun permits, notary bonds and processing passports. The date listed for each category of record is the earliest record known to exist in that county. It does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and certainly does not indicate that all such events that year were actually registered. See also Lake County Clerk Information for Genealogists
  • Lake County Register of Deeds has Land from 1872.The County Register of Deeds is the official recording officer for all legal documents pertaining to the transfers and encumbrances of all real estate property within the County. The Register also provides permanent storage for approved original subdivision plats, condominiums, land surveys and section corners.
  • Lake County Clerk of the Probate Court has Probate from 1872. The County Clerk of the Probate Court responsibilities include adjudicating and disposes of cases involving property of persons who have died or become incompetent, interprets wills and trusts, commits the mentally ill when necessary and appoints guardians and conservators for minors, incapacitated individuals and individuals with developmental disability.
  • Lake County Clerk of the Circuit Court has Court from 1871. The County Clerk of the Circuit Court provides a variety of functions for the court such as, but not limited to: filing and maintaing the official record for all cases that come before the court; providing staff to assist in the operation of the court; working with the Jury Commission and notifying all potential jurors to appear for jury duty; and, processing felony criminal cases bound over from the District Court.

Lake County, Michigan Census Records

Lake County, Michigan Vital Records

Lake County, Michigan Resources

Lake County, Michigan External Links

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