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Washtenaw County

Washtenaw County

Washtenaw County Clerk/Register
200 North Main Street, Suite 120

P.O. Box 8645
Ann Arbor, MI 48107
Phone: (734) 222-6700
Fax: (734) 222-6528

Register of Deeds, Suite 110, Direct Phone: (734) 222-6710
Vital Records, Suite 100, Direct Phone: (734)222-6720
Court Services, 101 E. Huron, Direct Phone: (734) 222-3001

Genealogy Research Hours: Appointment necessary, Tuesday – Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Identification Requirements: Drivers License or State-issued Identification for birth records and upon office request.


Certified Copy/Additional: $15.00/$5.00


Genealogy Record Copy: n/a


Other Copy Fees: n/a


Comments: Appointments are required. Staff assistance may be limited. Space allows for two genealogists searching same records at one time. No children are allowed. If staff needs to search index (1970-present), we will do so as timely as possible.


Births: 1867 to present. 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. those records at least 110 years old are available to the public. 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.


Deaths: 1867 to present. Indexes from 1970 to present searched only by staff with written request.


Marriages: 1833 to present. Indexes from 1970 to present searched only by staff with written request.


Divorce: 1838 to present. Records with Court Services Division at same address.


Naturalization: Available at Archives of Michigan, Michigan Historical Center.


Other: For additional local and state government records with potential genealogical value, see the Archival Circulars for records maintained at the Archives of Michigan.

Internet Access: A death or marriage record may be searched on our webite at the County Clerk’s Office. The death record index is from 1960 to present. The marriage record index is from 1965 to present. Customers may also place order for death and marriage records using a credit card at the reference website. Birth record requests from eligible persons may also be requested at the same website.

Regulations: Indexes and records are governed by statute. This office will immediately address any suspected misuse of indexes/records. This includes:

  • Pens are prohibited in the geneology area.
  • Food or drink of any type is prohibited in the geneaolgy area.
  • No indexes/records may be removed from the genealogy area except by the Clerk’s staff.
  • Mutilation or destruction of any indexes/records is punishable by fine or imprisonment