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Berrien County, MI Public Records

County Trial Court - 2nd Circuit Level
811 Port St
St Joseph, MI 49085 http://www.berriencounty.org
Hours: 8:30AM-5PM EST
P: 269-983-7111 ext. 8368
F: 269-982-8642
Jurisdiction: Felony, Civil Actions over $25,000, Family, Juvenile
Restricted Records: No suppressed, juvenile, mental health, or adoption records released
This County is designated as a consolidation site for the merger of the District. Probate, and Circuit Courts into a single Trial Court with three Divisions: Criminal, Civil, Family. But records are still organized by case types and not comingled.
County Trial Court - District Level- St Joseph
811 Port St
Attn: Records
St Joseph, MI 49085 http://berriencounty.org/Courts
Hours: 8:30AM-5PM EST
P: 269-983-7111
F: 269-982-8643
Jurisdiction: Misdemeanor, Civil Actions under $25,000, Eviction, Small Claims
Restricted Records: No suppressed or mental health records released
This County is designated by MI as a consolidation site for the merger of the District. Probate, and Circuit Courts into a single Trial Court with three Divisions: Criminal, Civil, Family. But records are still organized by case types and not comingled.
County Trial Court - District Level- Niles
1205 N. Front Street
Niles, MI 49120 http://berriencounty.org/Courts
Hours: 8:30AM-5PM EST
P: 269-684-5274
Jurisdiction: Misdemeanor, Civil Actions under $25,000, Eviction, Small Claims
This is a satellite office. Case files are held in St. Joseph, search should be done at that court location.
Probate Court
811 Port St, 4th Fl
St Joseph, MI 49085 berriencounty.org/probate/probate...
Hours: 8:30AM-5PM EST
P: 269-983-7111 ext. 8365
F: 269-982-8644
Jurisdiction: Probate

Berrien County, MI Vital Records

Contact the Berrien County Office of the County Register of Deeds if you would like to find vital records, such as birth, death, marriage, divorce, and real estate records.

Berrien County
County Register of Deeds
701 Main St
Admin Ctr
St. Joseph, MI 49085 berriencounty.org/RegisterofDeeds
8:30AM-5PM EST
Phone: 269-983-7111 ext. 8562
Fax: 269-982-8659
Recorded Documents

Berrien County Vital Certificates

Berrien County Vital Certificates

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Berrien County Population Records

Total Land Area (2000): 571.00 sq mi
Population (2009): 160,472
  • Females: 51.5%
  • White: 81.5%
  • Black/African American: 14.8%
  • Asian: 1.7%
  • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino Origin: 4.2%
  • White, Not Hispanic: 77.8%
Population Change (2000-2009): -1,983
Foreign-Born Population (2000): 4.9%
Language other than English spoken at home (2000): 7.1%
Persons Below Poverty Level (2008): 17.5%
High School Graduates (2000): 81.9%
Bachelor’s Degree or Higher (2000): 19.6%
Persons per Household (2000): 2.49
Housing Units (2000): 73,445
Homeownership Rate (2000): 72.3%
Migration Flow to Berrien County, MI from (2007-2008):

Berrien County Records

Total Earnings by Industry, in thou. dol. (2007):
  • Total: $3,584,568
  • Construction: $155,379
  • Retail Trade: $217,062
  • Professional and Technical Services: $142,999
  • Healthcare: $371,988
  • Banking: $111,713
  • Retail Trade: $217,062
  • Accommodations and Food Services: $92,281
  • Manufacturing: $1,168,637
  • Farms: $39,213
  • Government: $447,683
Employed (2000): 76,557
Unemployed (2000): 4,474
Unemployment Rate (2009): 12.7%
Annual Payroll per Employee (2007): $32,140
Local Government Employment (2007): 7,759
Local Government Revenue (2007): $472,351 (thou. dol.)
Local Government Debt (2007): $224,806 (thou. dol.)

Berrien County Birth, Death Records

Births (2007): 2,047
  • Per 1,000 population: 12.8
Deaths (2007): 1,588
  • Per 1,000 population: 9.9
Infant Deaths (2007): 21
  • Per 1,000 population: 10.3

Berrien County Criminal Records

Violent Crimes (2008): 620
  • Murder and non-negligent manslaughter: 2
  • Forcible rape: 110
  • Robbery: 103
  • Aggravated Assault: 405
Property Crimes (2008): 4,977
  • Burglary: 1,033
  • Larceny-Theft: 3,730
  • Motor Vehicle Theft: 214

Berrien County Genealogy Records