Grand Traverse County Clerk
400 Boardman Avenue
Traverse City, MI 49684
Genealogy Research Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon and 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Identification Requirements: Birth records only require photo ID.
Deaths, Assumed Names and Marriages are open to the public. No ID required.
Births are confidential records and are only available to the individual named on the birth record (registrant), the parent(s) listed on the birth record, a legal guardian or 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 deceased individual. To request a copy in person, photo ID is required. When requesting by mail, a letter accompanied by a personal check imprinted with requestor's name and address is required. If requestor does not have a personal checking account, a notarized signature on the letter is required.
Certified Copy/Additional: $10.00/$4.00
Comments: Space allows for two genealogists at one time. Children are allowed.
Births: 1856 to present - all copies issued are certified copies.
Deaths: 1867 to present - all copies prior to 1934 are certified copies. Photocopies and certified copies from 1934 to present can be issued.
Marriages: 1853 to present - all copies prior to 1944 are certified copies. Photocopies and certified copies from 1944 to present can be issued.
Divorces: 1857 to present - certified copies, photocopies, and true copies can be issued. Call the Clerk's office for current fees.
Other: Grand Traverse County death and marriage indexes can be searched online at www.grandtraverse.org. Click marriage index to access the marriage records index. Click death index to access the death records index
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.
Click Archives of Michigan to visit the Archives of Michigan home page.
Click Michigan County Clerks for other entries in the Michigan County Clerks Directory.
Archives of Michigan
Michigan Library and Historical Center
702 W. Kalamazoo Street
Lansing, MI 48913
Phone: (517) 373-1408
Michigan Historical Center, Department of History, Arts and Libraries
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