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Van Buren County

Van Buren County

Van Buren County Clerk
Courthouse, 212 Paw Paw Street
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Phone: 269-657-8218
Fax: 269-657-8298

Genealogy Research Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Identification Requirements: Drivers License or Picture ID


Certified Copy/Additional: $10.00 for first copy and $4.00 for each additional copy of the same record purchased at the same time


Genealogy Record Copy: Same as certified copy


Other Copy Fees: Search fee done by clerk’s staff is $1.00 per liber per name


Comments: Space allows for two genealogists at one time. Children are allowed but not encouraged. Appointments on the scheduled days and hours are encouraged. Indexes of Deaths, Marriages, and Divorce are provided on a first come, first serve basis. Upon written request and payment of search fee, staff can verify the following information: Name or names, Nature of event, Date of the event, Place of the event, and Date of the filing.


Births: 1867 to present. Not available for public inspection. 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. Information and copies are available on all births, providing the record is at least 100 years old.


Deaths: 1867 to present.


Marriages: 1836 to present.


Divorces: 1857 to present.


Other: Van Buren District Library, Webster Memorial Library Bldg., 200 N. Phelps Street, Decatur, MI 49045 has death and marriage indexes and some records on computer. Local History/Genealogy information, location and hours: