Ionia County, Michigan Genealogy

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Ionia County, Michigan
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Location of Michigan in the U.S.
Founded March 2, 1831
County Seat Ionia
Address Ionia County Courthouse]
100 E Main St.
Ionia, MI 48846
Phone: (616) 527-5322
Ionia County Website

County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1867,
marriage records from 1837, divorce and court records from 1890. [1]


Parent County

1831--Ionia County was created 2 March 1831 from Mackinac County. It was attached to Kent County prior to organization 3 April 1837.  County seat: Ionia [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties



Ionia County Cemeteries US GenWeb
Highland Park Cemetery, Ionia BillionGraves




Local Histories



Civil War

Civil War service men from Ionia 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 Ionia County.

1st Regiment, Engineers and Mechanics, Michigan, Company E




Vital Records

  • Michigan Birth Registrations, 1867-1902 -- Free name indexes and images at FamilySearch Record Search. Records include such information as name of child, birthdate and place, if still-born, illegitimate or twin, gender, race and record number.
  • Michigan Marriage Registrations, 1868-1925 -- Free name indexes at FamilySearch Record Search.  Records include such information as names of bride and groom, date of license, ages, race, residences, birthplaces, occupations and names of the fathers of the bride and groom.
  • Michigan Death Registrations, 1867-1897-- Free name indexes and images at FamilySearch Record Search.   Records include such information as name of deceased, date and place of death, gender, color, marital status, age in years, months and days, disease or apparent cause of death, birthplace, names and occupations of parents, and the date the record was made.

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites

  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.
  • Family History Library Catalog


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ionia County, Michigan page 346, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).