Pioneer Families of Grand Traverse County, Michigan



Grand Traverse Area Records Page

     Although the first Euro-American settlers arrived in the Grand Traverse area in the late 1830s, record keeping was sporadic and there are relatively few documents from the early days. The 1850s saw the formal establishment of the Grand Traverse County government. Leelanau County and Benzie County were soon split off and established their own record keeping. For Grand Traverse County, Probate Court records begin in 1853, marriage records in 1856, the Grand Traverse Herald commenced publication in 1858, and birth and death records were collected beginning in 1867. The following links will take you to a variety of records that will help in your family history research.

Grand Traverse County

Death and Marriage Records Index

Volume 1 Death Records, 1867 to 1903

Probate Court Index and Files

Deed Volume 21 Index (volume contains selected wills)

1930 Census Index

Grand Traverse County, Michigan GenWeb Site

Benzie County

Benzie County Vital Records Database  type in benziemarriage in the database box. This WorldConnect database contains Volume 1 of Benzie County marriages, deaths up to 1882, census data, and newspaper articles.

Grand Traverse Region

GRAND TRAVERSE HERALD Transcriptions of local newpaper columns from 1865 to 1900.

Pioneer Families of Grand Traverse County


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