About this index: The book, "Van Buren County Birth Records - 1867-1871", was first published in 1998 by the Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society. The book is no longer available to purchase, so we have decided to post it here for public viewing. Please be aware that the VBRGS still holds the copyright on the book. You may not copy this information for re-sale or link to it for a site that requires payment.
Van Buren County Birth Records 1867-1871 is the first of a series of books of the county births. The State of Michigan began recording birth in 1867, as well as deaths.
It may be noted that the omission of a birth from the recorded records does not mean misinformation. There is a fairly high rate of unrecorded births in the early years of Michigan's vital records. It is recommenced that a search be made at all three level of government, i.e., local, county and state, as in some cases different registers have survived. This book represents those births recorded at the county level.
As with any abstract from original handwritten records, misinterpretation of handwriting is possible. The compilers made their best attempt at deciphering writing.
Note that these abstracted records are meant to be a guide only, and not to be cited as original documentation. The original registers should always be consulted for additional information.
VBRGS Birth Record Committee, Judy Grime Joan Jaco Toni Benson
Thank you to Scott Stranger for alphabetizing these records.
How to obtain a non-certified copy of an original record:
Anyone with access to the original county records may easily locate anyone listed in this index using the page number provided.
Visit the Local History Department and obtain a copy of the record for a copy fee of $.15 per page. Digital cameras are not permitted.
Use Pay Pal: Non-certified copies of the original record may be ordered for a $3.00 retrieval and copy fee, and a $.46 postage charge. Include the full name, date of birth and page number with the request.
By Mail: Non-certified copies of the original record may be ordered for a $3.00 retrieval and copy fee for each record requested. To order a non-certified copy of a birth record(s) send your request (include name, date of birth and page number), a self-addressed stamped envelope and a check or money order made out to the Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society and mail it to:
Van Buren Regional Genealogical Society Vital Records P.O. Box 143 Decatur, MI 49045
All requests are handled by volunteers and will be mailed as soon as possible.