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Washtenaw County Historical Information


Washtenaw County was formed in 1826 from Wayne and Oakland Counties and at the time contained a portion of Livingston, Eaton and Jackson Counties with Ann Arbor as the county seat. There are many legends concerning the name Washtenaw. Some people think it was the name of an Indian who lived near the mouth of the river.
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1932 picture of the University of Michigan Hospital
Other people think it was the Potawatami word for large stream or river. Emerson Greenman, a former curator of the museum of anthropology at the University of Michigan, wrote that Washtenaw derived from the Algonquin and meant 'Far Country' with Detroit as the Point of reference.


Washtenaw County Court Information

  • Washtenaw County Clerk
    101 East Huron Street, P.O. Box 8645
    Ann Arbor, MI 48107
    Phone: 734-994-2501
    Fax: 734-994-1690
    Genealogy Research Hours: Tuesday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Comments: Appointments are required. Staff assistance may be limited. Space allows for two genealogists searching same records at one time. No children are allowed. If staff needs to search index (1970-present), we will do so as timely as possible.
    Births: 1867 to present. Birth records are available only to the individual named on the birth record (registrant), the parents of the registrant, a legal guardian of the registrant, a legal representative of the registrant or an heir of the registrant. Those records at least 110 years old are available to the public. An heir is defined as any relative of a deceased individual. Heirs must supply the date and place of death of the registrant when requesting a copy. This policy is in accordance with MCL 333-2882.
    Deaths: 1867 to present. Indexes from 1970 to present searched only by staff with written request.
    Marriages: 1833 to present. Indexes from 1970 to present searched only by staff with written request.
    Divorce: 1838 to present. Records with Court Services Division at same address.
    Naturalization: Available at State Archives
    Web: http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/clerk_register/cr_index.html

  • Judge of Probate, Estate Division
    Washtenaw County Courthouse
    P. O. Box 8645
    Ann Arbor, MI 48107-8645

    Street address: 101 E. Huron
    (at the corner of Main Street)


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