Welcome to the Clare County



(This website has no official connection to any organization in Clare County, Michigan)


Clare County was created 1 April, 1840 and organized 13 March 1871. Parent counties were Isabella to the South, Midland to the East and Mecosta to the West. The county was named for Clare County, Ireland.  The population is predominantly German, English and Irish.  Clare County was the site of an intense logging industry that began after the Civil War. Lumber from Clare County supplied both the east and the west coasts of Michigan and Chicago.   Following along with the Flint and Pere Marquette Railroad in 1870, homesteaders began the trek into Clare County.  The county land had been opened under the Homestead Act of 1862.  Many Civil War Soldiers also settled the land by using their Military Script for 80 acres.  After the lumber was stripped from the land, the pine barrens were converted to farm land.  During the 1930's oil and gas were discovered in Clare County, leading to another energy boom.  Today, in the 21st Century Clare County is known for its recreation: hunting, fishing, boating, and other recreational pursuits.
My name is Donna Hoff-Grambau and I am the coordinator for the Clare County MIGenWeb.  Please feel free to e-mail me with suggestions for the site!  If you need help with Clare County Lookups, please see the Lookups page.

Table of Contents


Search the MIGenWeb archives for Clare County and Michigan.

Search Clare Michigan Family History Network

Research Aids
files with information on
 Genealogical research Topics

Mailing Lists, Genealogical 
Societies, Museums & Query Boards
Clare County & Michigan 
Military History


Maps & Plat Books


Online Census


Libraries, Research 
Centers & Other Resources

City, Town & Village
Names and Histories
Clare County
Biographies and Histories

Contribute your information here!
Cemetery List

Online Vital Statistics


Write me if you want
your surname added

Clare County Surnames

Commencement Lists, 
School Enrollment Lists




Picture Album of Clare County  

  Clare County Vintage Postcards!
See Clare County as it was in the "olden days"!

 Clare County Present
Photos of places and people of Clare County today

Clare Characters
and More Clare Characters
Photos of people who lived and worked in Clare County

Clare County Places: Reminiscences 
As time goes by, submitters are sharing their memories of the way Clare County used to be.  Enjoy their reminiscences and then submit your own!

  Clare County News of the Olden Days
Old newspaper articles that have been submitted by researchers. 
Fun reading!

Get Involved!: Give Help--Get Help

There are a number of ways to get involved in this project and help others as well as yourself.
Volunteer to index information or do lookups!. If you own or have access to sources for Clare County (birth records, marriage records, tax records, cemetery records, biographical information, county or city histories, etc.) volunteer to index or type up information to make available to other persons interested in the people and history of Clare County.  You may also volunteer to do lookups in those resources for people making requests.  Please contact Donna Hoff-Grambau for more information.

Neighboring MIGenWeb County Sites

 Isabella, Mecosta, Midland,









Joan M. Brausch, 1999 - 2006 for the MIGenWeb
  2006 -  2023 Donna Hoff-Grambau 

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