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Montcalm County, Michigan
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Montcalm County, Michigan Facts

Montcalm County

When was Montcalm County, MI Created?
Montcalm County was created on March 2, 1831 (Organized on March 20, 1850) from Michilimackinac County and unorganized territory . This county was named for the Marquis de Montcalm, a French military commander in Quebec.

What is the County Seat of Montcalm County, MI?
The County Seat is located in Stanton also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Montcalm County, MI?
Bordering Counties are Isabella County (northeast), Mecosta County (north), Gratiot County (east), Newaygo County (west), Ionia County (south), Kent County (southwest).

What cities and towns are in Montcalm County, MI?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Carson City, Greenville, Stanton, Edmore, Howard City, Lakeview, McBride, Pierson, Sheridan.

What Townships are in Montcalm County, MI?
Townships located in the County include  Belvidere, Bloomer, Bushnell, Cato, Crystal, Day, Douglass, Eureka, Evergreen, Fairplain, Ferris, Home, Maple Valley, Montcalm, Pierson, Pine, Reynolds, Richland, Sidney, Winfield.

Montcalm County, MI Vital Records

Where can find Montcalm County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Montcalm County vital records can be found at the Michigan Office of Vital Records has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records since 1867. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Michigan for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Montcalm County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Michigan Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications to mail.

Montcalm County, MI Census Records

What Montcalm County, MI census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Montcalm County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Montcalm Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Montcalm Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Montcalm Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Michigan Census Records Research Guide

Montcalm County, MI Courthouse and Government Records

Montcalm County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Montcalm County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Montcalm County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Michigan Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Montcalm County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 211 W. Main Street, Stanton, MI 48888
  • Montcalm County Clerk is responsible for keeping records of births, deaths, assumed names, co-partnerships, issuing and filing marriage licenses, gun permits, notary bonds and processing passports. The date listed for each category of record is the earliest record known to exist in that county. It does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and certainly does not indicate that all such events that year were actually registered. Montcalm County Clerk Information for Genealogists
    • Phone: 989-831-7339
    • Births & Deaths: 1867
    • Marriage Records: 1867
  • Montcalm County Register of Deeds is the official recording officer for all legal documents pertaining to the transfers and encumbrances of all real estate property within the County. The Register also provides permanent storage for approved original subdivision plats, condominiums, land surveys and section corners.
    • Phone: (989) 831-5226, ext. 237
    • Land Records: 1838
  • Montcalm County Clerk of the Probate Court responsibilities include adjudicating and disposes of cases involving property of persons who have died or become incompetent, interprets wills and trusts, commits the mentally ill when necessary and appoints guardians and conservators for minors, incapacitated individuals and individuals with developmental disability.
    • Phone: 989.831.7316
    • Probate Records: 1855 
  • Montcalm County Clerk of the Circuit Court provides a variety of functions for the court such as, but not limited to: filing and maintaing the official record for all cases that come before the court; providing staff to assist in the operation of the court; working with the Jury Commission and notifying all potential jurors to appear for jury duty; and, processing felony criminal cases bound over from the District Court.
    • Phone: (989) 831-3520
    • Court Records: 1860? 
  • Michigan Land Records
  • Michigan Probate Records 1797-1973  
  • BLM Land Records

Montcalm County, MI Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Montcalm County, MI?
A list of Montcalm County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Michigan Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

  • Flat River Genealogical Society of Greenville 506 W. Grant Street Greenville Michigan 48838
  • Flat River Historical Society, 213 North Franklin Street, Greenville, MI 48838; (616) 754-5296
  • Belding Area Historical Society 108 Hanover Belding Michigan 48809; (616) 794-2210
  • Oakfield Pioneer Heritage Society & Museum 11009 Podunk Road Greenville Michigan 48838; (616) 754-1970
  • N. Sidney Church & Cemetery Historical Association P.O. Box 202 Sidney Michigan 48885-0202; email;
  • Ionia County Historical Society, Blanchard House 251 E. Main, Ionia ,Michigan 48846; (616) 527-6281
  • Ionia County Genealogical Society, P.O. Box 516, Lake Odessa, Michigan 48849-0516; (616) 374-8455
  • Western Michigan Genealogical Society, c/o Grand Rapids Public Library, 111 Library Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503-3268
  • State Archives of Michigan, 702 W Kalamazoo Str, P.O. Box 30738, Lansing, MI 48909-8238; (517) 373-1408
  • Library of Michigan, 702 W. Kalamazoo St, Lansing, MI 48909
  • Historical Society of Michigan, 1305 Abbott Rd., East Lansing, MI 48823; (517) 324-1828

Where can I connect with other Montcalm County, MI Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Montcalm County, MI?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Montcalm County. Most of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a fee. This is just a list that has been compiled or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another.

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Montcalm Co. MI Military Records

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