Osceola County, Michigan Genealogy

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Osceola County

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


Osceola County, Michigan
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Location of Michigan in the U.S.
Founded April 1, 1840
County Seat Reed City
Osceola County Courthouse Reed City, Michigan.jpg
Address Osceola County Courthouse
301 W Upton Ave.
P. O. Box 208
Reed City, MI 49677
Phone: (231) 832-6104
Osceola County Website

County Information


The County was named for Osceola. The County has Reed City as its seat and the County was created April 1, 1840. The County is located in the centre area of the state.[1]

Osceola County, Michigan Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1869 1869 1869 1820 1853 1870

County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth and marriage records from 1869, death and divorce records from 1870, court records from 1963 and burial records.
Probate Judge has probate records.
County Treasurer has land records. [3]


Parent County

1840--Osceola County was created 1 April 1840 from Mackinac County. Formerly Unwattin County, until name changed to Osceola 8 March 1843. It was attached to Ottawa, Mason, Newaygo, and Mecosta Counties prior to organization 17 March 1869.  County seat: Reed City [4]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Michigan county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Michigan County Boundary Maps" (1790-1897) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Clare  • Isabella  • Lake  • Mecosta  • Missaukee  • Newaygo  • Wexford

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Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
USGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
MIGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Michigan Cemeteries for more information.


State Census


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.


Emigration and Immigration


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 county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Osceola County, Michigan Genealogy. 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.


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Civil War

Civil War service men from Osceola County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment)that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Osceola County.



Finding More Michigan Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Osceola County, Michigan Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:



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.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Michigan, Osceola and search for Probate records in the list.

Note: Not every county in Michigan will have Probate Records in the FamilySearch Catalog.

Online Probate Records


Vital Records

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased as shown below:

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


Societies and Libraries

Osceola County Genealogical Society
PO Box 27
Reed City 49677-0027

Osceola County Genealogical Society
4918 Park Street
PO Box 52
Reed City, Mi 49677

Evart Area Historical Society
PO Box 396
Michigan 49631

LeRoy Area Historical Society
17640 200th Ave
LeRoy, Michigan 49655

Marion Area Historical Society
PO Box 276
Marion, Michigan 49665

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.



  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Osceola County, Michigan" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osceola_County,_Michigan."
  2. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 369-384. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Osceola County, Michigan page 349, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).