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County Clerk: Genealogy Research

File Downloads

* Request for Genealogy Search PDF (PDF - 10 KB)

 

Fees

* For searches of Marriage, Birth or Death records conducted by the Clerk's Office Staff: $1.00 per year, per record with a $13.00 minimum (13 year search).  If the record is found you will be provided with a certified copy.

* For copies of Court Records, the fee will vary depending on how many pages are being requested.

No Personal Checks

Make Money Orders Payable to:
St. Joseph County Clerk

 

VitalChek Portal Ordering

Certified copies of Marriage, Birth or Death records can also be ordered through our VitalChek Portal. Orders made through the VitalChek Portal must be paid using a credit card. An additional convenience fee is charged by VitalChek for this service. As a benefit, orders made through this service that are received before 3:00 pm are typically processed and mailed the same day.

 

Genealogy Research

Hours for in-office research are Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm
Due to limited space it is recommended that researchers not bring children.

The following records of St. Joseph County are available for research in the County Clerk's Office:

* Marriage Records
* Birth Records
* Death Records
* Court Records

1832 to present
1867 to present
1867 to present
Beginning 1833

All the above records are open to the public, with the exception of birth records. Birth records were closed several years ago by the State of Michigan. However, if a person is deceased, an heir or descendant may access the person’s birth record by completing an “Affidavit of Heir” form and providing a copy of the individual’s death record (if requesting a birth record 110 years old or older, a death record for that individual is not needed).

Searches by mail: Searches by mail will be conducted as staff time permits. For mail requests, fill out the Request for Genealogy Search Form PDF (PDF - 10 KB), and mail it to St. Joseph County Clerk with the appropriate fee. Results of the search are hand-copied on a Vital Record Form.

Cemetery records are maintained by the Sexton for the Cemetery.

Search the MIGenWeb Genealogy Records Index (MIGenWeb Website)

 

St. Joseph County Death Record Search

The Death Record Search covers the years 1867-2008 and will include only persons who passed away in St. Joseph County, MI.

The search can be used to see if a death has been recorded in St. Joseph County, MI and to obtain the number of that death record. The death record itself cannot be viewed through this interface.

Full death records can be viewed at the St. Joseph County Clerk's Office. If you would like to view a record at the Clerk's office, please write down the name and record number and bring them with you.

The St. Joseph County Death Record Search is provided as an aid for genealogical and similar research.
The information in the search is believed accurate but is not guaranteed.

* Begin a Death Record Search

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County Clerk

Pattie S. Bender

Office Mailing Address

PO Box 189
Centreville MI, 49032

General Division Information

Location:
County Clerk's Office - General Division
125 W. Main St.
Centreville MI, 49032
Historic Courthouse - Second Floor
*Driving Directions

Hours: M-F, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
*Closed on County Holidays

Phone Number: (269) 467-5602
Fax Number: (269) 467-5596
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Courts Division Information

Location:
County Clerk's Office - Courts Division
125 W. Main St.
Centreville MI, 49032
Courts' Building - Second Floor
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Hours: M-F, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
*Closed on County Holidays

Phone Number: (269) 467- 5531
Fax Number: (269) 467-5558
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