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Michigan Deed History

Michigan was admitted to the Union on January 26, 1837 as the 26th state. From 1787 to 1800, Michigan was part of the Northwest Territory. When the Indiana Territory was created in 1800, most of the current state of Michigan was within the boundaries. In 1802, the Territory of Ohio was created and the whole of Michigan was in Indiana Territory until 1805 when the Territory of Michigan was established.

Michigan has a total of 83 counties. One of the first counties, Wayne County, was formed in the Northwest Territory in 1815, though the county’s official year of creation is 1796. The first European settlement in the region was in 1688 in the city of Sault Ste. Marie, which is located in present day Chippewa County.

County register of deeds offices were established in Michigan in 1836. However, under the Territory of Michigan, the court was authorized to appoint a register of deeds in 1811, but there was not an official office until 1836. In Wayne County, C. W. Whipple was the Register of Deeds in 1836. In January of 1836, real estate in the city of Detroit in Wayne County was very active, and more than $350,000 worth of property changed hands.