Genealogy Research

Eaton County Clerk’s Office Records Vault

Located in the Clerk’s office on the first floor of the "new" Eaton County Courthouse, 1045 Independence Blvd., Charlotte MI 48813

Get driving directions to the County Clerk's office
Eaton County Buildings Map

Research Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. *May be closed periodically.
We ask that you sign-in and follow our policies and be able to provide identification (government issued photo id.)  Space allows for four genealogists at one time. We prefer children do not attend. 

Our staff may be able to provide some assistance in researching or moving books (some are heavy) as their availability allows.
General Rules and Policies

Copy Fees: Certified copies of all records are $15.00 and $8.00 for each additional copy of the same record.  Certified copies are the only type of copies we can provide.
A certified copy of a record on file is printed on special security paper and contains a raised, embossed seal.  (Older copies that do not  meet current standards may not be acceptable for legal purposes.)

Information on ordering records by mail or online

Eaton County Historical Commission

For research assistance, you may contact the Eaton County Historical Commission.

Hours are: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Tuesday through Thursday

The Genealogy Room/Historical Room

Old Courthouse/Museum (downtown Charlotte)
100 W. Lawrence Ave.
Charlotte, MI 48813

Phone: 517-543-8792

email your requests to them through their website.

They house copies of Eaton County marriage (1838-1924) and death (1867-1954) indexes on microfilm.


In Eaton County the local city or township clerks manage the cemetery plots and information for their jurisdiction (unless it is privately owned)—you will need to contact them directly.
To find a clerk Click Here then select Eaton County and scroll to the bottom and select the appropriate jurisdiction. Or look in the Eaton County Directory on our homepage.

List of Cemeteries in Eaton County (pdf)


Eaton County Genealogical Society Cemetery Project  (outside website, not managed by Eaton County)

Find a Grave Online Search Resource (outside website, not managed by Eaton County)

1976 Eaton County Heritage Map (pdf)

To view and print a PDF you must have Adobe's Acrobat Reader installed.  A free version of this program is available for download at



Birth Records – 1867 to present

Recorded in the county where the birth took place.
Birth indexes are NOT available for review. Staff will assist in birth record searches as time permits.

Public record if more than 100 years old, otherwise a private record.
If the desired record is less than 100 years old and the individual is deceased, an heir may obtain it by providing a copy of the death certificate.


Death Records – 1867 to present
Recorded in the county where the death took place.
Public Record

Gendix Genealogical Data (State of Michigan)
This searchable online index contains information on 150,000 Michigan death records from 1867 through 1897.

To find a person's year of death you might try searching an online Social Security Death Index.

Deaths outside of the US (National Archives) 

Medical Examiner Autopsy reports


Marriage Records – 1838 to present
Recorded in the county of application (usually county of residence of bride or groom at the time)
Public Record* 

Marriages without Publicity are not public record (restricted in who can get them) and would have to be requested from Probate Court by an eligible person


Adoption Records

Adoptions that took place in Eaton County can be found by contacting:
Juvenile Court
822 Courthouse Dr.
Charlotte, MI 48813
Phone: 517-543-6003

If the adoption took place in another county you would have to contact that county.
MDHHS Adoption Records


Divorce Records – 1847 to present
Divorce Records are available through:

56th Circuit Court Clerk’s office (2nd Floor)
1045 Independence Blvd.
Charlotte, MI 48813
Phone: (517) 543-4335
Certified copies of Divorce Records


Naturalization/Citizenship Records 1836-1959

The State Archives of Michigan has the naturalization/citizenship records of Eaton County for the years 1836-1959. Eaton County has an index of these records in the Clerk’s Office.
After 1959 these records were filed with the Federal Government.

State Archives of Michigan
702 W. Kalamazoo St.
Lansing, Michigan 48909
Phone: (517) 373-1408
Fax: (517) 241-1658
Open Monday – Friday 10:00am-4:00pm


Other Resources

Charlotte Community Library 
MIGenWeb Archives
Michigan Cemetery Sources
Seeking Michigan
State of Michigan Vital Records Office

Archives of Michigan
National Archives 

Records from outside the US
List of Michigan County Clerk's websites
Michigan Places Pronunciation Guide


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