Montcalm County, Michigan Genealogy

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Guide to Montcalm County, Michigan ancestry, genealogy and family history, birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, and military records.

County Facts
County seat: Stanton
Organized: March 20, 1850
Parent County(s): Mackinac[1]
Neighboring Counties
Clinton  • Gratiot  • Ionia  • Isabella  • Kent  • Mecosta  • Newaygo
See County Maps
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Location Map
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County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Louis-Joseph de Montcalm. The County is located in the central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Montcalm County Courthouse
211 W Main Street
PO Box 368
Stanton, MI 48888
Phone: 989-831-7339
Montcalm County Website

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1867, marriage records from 1858, divorce and court records from 1865.
Probate Court has probate records.
Register of Deeds has land records. [3]

Montcalm County, Michigan Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1867 1858 1867 1865 1838 1855 1820
*Statewide registration started in 1867 for births and deaths. General compliance by 1915.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1905 The courthouse was destroyed by fire on 16 February; however, county records were saved.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Unincorporated communities

History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Montcalm County, Michigan online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Michigan Cemeteries for more information

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1850 891
1860 3,968 345.3%
1870 13,629 243.5%
1880 33,148 143.2%
1890 32,754 −1.2%
1900 32,754 0.0%
1910 32,069 −2.1%
1920 30,441 −5.1%
1930 27,471 −9.8%
1940 28,581 4.0%
1950 31,013 8.5%
1960 35,795 15.4%
1970 39,660 10.8%
1980 47,555 19.9%
1990 53,059 11.6%
2000 61,226 15.4%
2010 63,342 3.5%
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State Census

Church Records[edit | edit source]

Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Michigan denominations, view the Michigan Church Records wiki page.

List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Michigan Land and Property for additional information about early Michigan land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the Montcalm County courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Montcalm County. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Michigan Local Histories.

Portrait and biographical album of Ionia and Montcalm counties, Mich. - FamilySearch Digital Library

Maps and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

In most counties in Michigan, probate records have been kept by the county judge. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate packets, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

Online Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Michigan tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information see the Wiki page, Michigan Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

  • Birth Records and Death Records from 1867 can be obtained from the Michigan Department of Community Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.
  • Marriage Records from 1867 and Divorce Records from 1897 can be obtained from the County Clerk.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Montcalm County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Michigan Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
  • FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Montcalm County. For state-wide library facilities, see Michigan Archives and Libraries.

Museums[edit | edit source]

  • Oakfield Pioneer Heritage Society and Museum
    11009 Podunk Road
    Greenville, MI 48838
    Phone: 616-754-1970
  • Flat River Genealogical Society of Greenville
    213 North Franklin Street
    Greenville, MI 48838
    Phone: 616-754-5296
    Facebook Website
  • Belding Museum and City History
    108 Hanover Street
    Belding, MI 48809
    Phone: 616-794-1900
    Facebook Website

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Montcalm County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Michigan Societies.

  • Edmore Pine Forest Historical Museum
    402 E Home St.
    Edmore, MI 48829
  • Flat River Historical Society and Museum
    213 N. Franklin St., P.O. Box 188
    Greenville, MI 48838
    (616) 754-5296 or (616) 894-1783
  • Ionia County Genealogical Society
    PO Box 516
    Lake Odessa, MI 48849-0516
    Phone: 616-374-8455
  • Oakfield Pioneer Heritage Society and Museum
    11009 Podunk Road
    Greenville, MI 48838
    Phone: 616-754-1970
  • Vestaburg Genealogy Society
    8755 3rd. St., P.O. Box 302
    Vestaburg, MI 48891
    Phone: 989-640-0056
  • Western Michigan Genealogical Society
    c/o Grand Rapids Public Library
    111 Library Street NE
    Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3268
    Website Facebook

Websites[edit | edit source]

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  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
  • Montcalm County MI Genealogy (
  • FamilySearch Catalog – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.

Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Michigan.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Montcalm County, Michigan" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Michigan.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Michigan.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Michigan.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Montcalm County, Michigan," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia accessed 05 November 2019.