Wayne County Clerk
201 City-County Building
Detroit, MI 48226
Genealogy Research Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Identification Requirements: Birth records-picture identification required.
Certified Copy/Additional: $22.00/$7.00
Genealogy Record Copy: n/a
Other Copy Fees: $3.00 Search fee
Comments: Limited space for researching allows for two genealogists at one time. Children are allowed. Birth, Death, Marriage, and Divorce Records are indexed under the Alphabetical Soundex-Code, are housed in a restricted area and searched by the staff. Microfilm viewing is only available to the public with regard to Divorce Records. Microfilm viewing of Death and Marriage Records must be employee assisted.
Births: 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. 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. Birth record costs are $17.00 certified copy, $3.50 each additional and $3.00 search fee.
Deaths: Costs are $17.00 certified copy, $3.50 each additional and $3.00 search fee.
Marriages: For the years 1842 - 1848, record books that contain photocopies of the Certificate of Marriage section of the Marriage License are available for public inspection. For the years 1848-1937, books list the names of the parties at the time of the application, date of the marriage, and microfilm number. (Microfilm search must be conducted by staff). Marriage record costs are $17.00 certified copy, $3.50 each additional, and $11.00 uncertified and search fee.
Divorces: Costs are $2.25 per page, certification $10.00 plus $1.00 each page.
Other: For additional local and state government records with potential genealogical value, see the Archival Circulars for records maintained at the Archives of Michigan.
NOTE: Please call before visiting or mailing fees to confirm hours and other specifics. This information is current to July 2002. If you find differences between the information here and the practices or holdings of the County Clerk's office, please ask the Clerk to inform the Archives of Michigan about needed revisions.
Anne Norlander, Calhoun County Clerk-Register, and Toni Fritz, the Clerk-Register's Administrative Assistant, conducted a survey of offices in 1993 in order to make this information available to the public. Calhoun County printed the 1994 Michigan County Clerks Genealogy Directory, prepared as a product of this inventory. The Archives of Michigan revised this on-line edition of the directory in 2001.
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Archives of Michigan
Michigan Library and Historical Center
702 W. Kalamazoo Street
Lansing, MI 48913
Phone: (517) 373-1408
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