Bay County Clerk

Cynthia A. Luczak

Bay County Building
515 Center Avenue, Ste. 101
Bay City, Michigan 48708-5941
Voice: (989) 895-4280
Fax: (989) 895-4284
luczakc@baycounty.net

Genealogy

Application to Request a Vital Record for Genealogical Research

Genealogy research may be conducted in the Bay County Clerk's office

Wednesday and Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Computer terminals are available daily.
Record retrieval will be limited to Wednesday and Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. due to staff reductions.

Also available for your research in the County Clerk’s office are 13 booklets of Bay County Cemetery "Headstone Readings"and 7 booklets of "Sexton Records" both published by the Bay County Genealogical Society. These publications are highly informative and may be examined during office hours, including non-genealogical research hours. Information to purchase these booklets from the Bay County Genealogical Society may be found here.


Lottie Harrington, Bay County Genealogical Society Librarian, pictured researching family history at the Bay County Clerk’s office. Rain, sleet or even snow does not keep Lottie away from her research at the County Clerk’s office between 2:00 p.m. to 4:00p.m. She has been a member of the Bay County Genealogical Society for many years and has played a big role in completing records research for the Society. She is an inspiration to others researching their family history and at 90 years young is still going strong! 

 



Birth Records

Birth records for births occurring in Bay County are available beginning with 1868.  In order for the birth record to be on file in Bay County, the birth must have occurred in Bay County. Birth records are NOT public record unless the record is more than 100 years old or if the person of record is deceased in which case a certified copy of the death certificate is required. Effective January 1, 2007, the first certified copy of a birth certificate, with the raised embossed seal, is $14.00. Each additional certified copy of the same record, requested at the same time is an additional $3.00.

Death Records

Death records for deaths occurring in Bay County are available beginning with 1867.

Death certificates are filed in the county in which the death occurred. Effective January 1, 2007, the first certified copy of a death certificate, with the raised embossed seal is $14.00. Each additional certified copy of the same record, requested at the same time is an additional $3.00.

Library of Michigan Death Certificates 1897-1920

Michigan Cemetery Sources (Published cemetery transcriptions located at the Library of Michigan and links to Michigan cemetery websites)

Genealogical Death Indexing System (GENDIS, MDCH-Michigan Department Community Health) 1867-1897

Marriage Records

Marriage records for Bay County are available beginning with 1868. 

Marriage licenses are filed in the county of application. Effective January 1, 2007, the first certified copy of a marriage license, with the raised embossed seal, is $14.00. Each additional certified copy of the same record, requested at the same time is an additional $3.00.

Order Bay County Marriage Certificates Online from the Bay County Clerk utilizing VitalChek 

1987-2016 Annual Report

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