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Welcome to Genealogy Trails: Berrien County, Michigan. I am your host, Karen L. Syed.

Berrien County, Michigan was founded October 29, 1829, named for John M. Berrien.

Before the creation of the Michigan Territory, Berrien County was part of Wayne County, MI. The first trading posts were established circa 1780 by William Burnett and Joseph Bertrand.

100 miles from the closest white settlement, the Carey Mission was established on the St. Joseph River by Isaac McCoy. He opened the mission to the Potowatomi Indians.

Berrien County is located in the far southwest corner of the state. Niles is the largest city in Berrien County, with St. Joseph being the county seat.