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Welcome to Bay County, Michigan. Located along the shores of the Saginaw Bay, our beautiful county has a rich ethnic heritage stretching back to the days of John Jacob Astor's fur trading outposts. Native Americans met the early French-Canadian settlers who came to establish the fur trading outpost at the turn of the 19th century and the first sawmill in early 1850. Over the next 30 years, Irish, Dutch, Flemish, Swiss, German and Prussian (German Poles) settled in large groups in separate and distinct parts of the city.

Bay County was organized on February 17, 1857 from parent counties Saginaw and Midland.  Situated at the mouth of the Saginaw River, Bay County is a major port and was at one time a final destination for billions of logs cut in Northern Michigan, as well as having a major shipbuilding industry.  The land is a fertile plain, part of the lake bed of the glacial Lake Algonquin. Sugar beet  farming and the sugar industry have played a part in the economic development of the county.



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Please take a moment of silence to remember Bay County historian Les Arndt.

Norma ( campy712@tm.net ) will look up death or marriage records at Bay County Clerks office for only $5 an hour.  Please contact Norma directly for those types of requests.


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