Delta County, Michigan Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Escanaba
Organized: March 12, 1861
Parent County(s): Mackinac[1]
Neighboring Counties
Alger  • Marquette  • Menominee  • Schoolcraft
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 the Greek letter "delta", which refers to the triangular shape of the original county. The County is located in the northwest area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Delta County Courthouse
310 Ludington Street
Escanaba, MI 49829
Phone: (906) 789-5105
Delta County Website

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

Delta 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 1867 1867 1867 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
Native American communities
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 Delta 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]

State Census

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1860 1,172
1870 2,542 116.9%
1880 6,812 168.0%
1890 15,330 125.0%
1900 23,881 55.8%
1910 30,108 26.1%
1920 30,909 2.7%
1930 32,280 4.4%
1940 34,037 5.4%
1950 32,913 −3.3%
1960 34,298 4.2%
1970 35,924 4.7%
1980 38,947 8.4%
1990 37,780 −3.0%
2000 38,520 2.0%
2010 37,069 −3.8%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".

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.

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 Delta County courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Delta 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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Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Civil War service men from Delta 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 Delta County.

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]

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]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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.

Escanaba Michigan Family History Center
1315 9th Ave South
Escanaba, MI 49829
Phone: 906-789-0370 or 906-280-6086
E-mail: MI_Escanaba@familyhistorymail.org
Website

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Museums[edit | edit source]

Garden Peninsula Historical Society and Museum
6347 State St. M-138
PO Box 6
Garden, MI 49835
517-324-1828
Fax: 517-324-4370
E-mail:hsm@hsmichigan.org
Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

Delta County Historical Society
16 Beaumier Way/PO Box 484
Escanaba, MI 49829
Phone: 906-789-6790
Website

Delta County Genealogical Society
312 North 20th Street/Box 442
Escanaba, MI 49829
Website

Garden Peninsula Historical Society and Museum
6347 State St. M-138
PO Box 6
Garden, MI 49835
Phone: 517-324-1828
Fax: 517-324-4370
E-mail: hsm@hsmichigan.org
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

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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, "Delta 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, "Delta County, Michigan," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia accessed 17 September 2019.