Michigan Court Records

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This entry was originally written by Arleigh P. Helfer, Jr. and Carol L. Maki for Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources.

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County circuit court records are kept by the county clerk or the circuit court clerk in the appropriate county office. There are no state indexes to these records. See State Archives Circular No. 37, Circuit Court Records, for more information.

National Archives—Great Lakes Region holds federal district court records as follows: Eastern District (Flint), 1895–1962; Bay City, 1894–1962; Detroit, 1837–1962; Western District (Grand Rapids), 1863–1962; and Marquette, 1878–1962. An inventory of holdings is available at the archives in Chicago. Documentation of shipwrecks on the Great Lakes, filed in the admiralty case files, is included in these records.

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