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Ottawa County, Michigan
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Ottawa County, Michigan Facts

Ottawa County

When was Ottawa County, MI Created?
Ottawa County was created on March 2, 1831 from Mackinac County and unorganized territory .

What is the County Seat of Ottawa County, MI?
The County Seat is located in Grand Haven also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Ottawa County, MI?
Bordering Counties are Muskegon County, Kent County, Allegan County.

Ottawa County, MI Vital Records

Where can find Ottawa County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Ottawa 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 Ottawa 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.

Ottawa County, MI Census Records

What Ottawa County, MI census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Ottawa 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.

Ottawa Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Ottawa Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Ottawa 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

Ottawa County, MI Courthouse and Government Records

Ottawa County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Ottawa County Courthouse?
Researchers frequently overlook the great importance of Ottawa County court, probate, and land records data as a useful resource of ancestry and genealogy information. Buried away in Michigan courthouses and archives everywhere are the ambitions and frustrations of countless Michigan residents.

The possibilities are excellent that your forefathers have left a comprehensive document of at least a number of facets of their lives in the Ottawa County court records. Even if your forebears is not referred to in a Court case, contemplate all of the other procedures that could have lead to him or her to appear in court records. See Also Michigan Corthouse Records Research Guide.

Ottawa County, MI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Ottawa County, MI?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Ottawa 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.

Ottawa Co. MI Books, Newspapers & Publications

Ottawa Co. MI Cemeteries & Church Records

Ottawa Co. MI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Ottawa Co. MI General and History Websites

Ottawa Co. MI Immigration & Naturalization

Ottawa Co. MI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Ottawa Co. MI Military Records

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