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The links below will take you to the various DataBoards and other resources for Clare County.
- Birth Records
- Cemetery Records
- Court Records
- Death Records
- Marriage Records
- Military Records
- Newspaper Articles
The county was first named Kaykee after a Chippewa chief in 1840. An Irish surveyor in 1843 change the name in honor of the county of his origin. Clare county was first settled by William Crawford, a Civil War veteran, in Grant Township. It was here a sawmill was built and a village soon grew, and later became known as Dover. Lumbering was a major factor in the settling of Clare County. When the railroad arrived in 1871 the transportation system improved and more towns grew.