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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://michigan.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,117,c,montcalm.cfm HomeTown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Montcalm County, Michigan," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montcalm_County,_Michigan, accessed 05 November 2019.</ref>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carson_City,_Michigan Carson City]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenville,_Michigan Greenville]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanton,_Michigan Stanton]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maple_Valley_Township,_Montcalm_County,_Michigan Coral]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montcalm_Township,_Michigan Gowen]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maple_Valley_Township,_Montcalm_County,_Michigan Trufant]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richland_Township,_Montcalm_County,_Michigan Vestaburg]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belvidere_Township,_Michigan Belvidere]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloomer_Township,_Michigan Bloomer]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bushnell_Township,_Michigan Bushnell]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cato_Township,_Michigan Cato]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystal_Township,_Montcalm_County,_Michigan Crystal]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_Township,_Michigan Day]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglass_Township,_Michigan Douglass]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eureka_Township,_Michigan Eureka]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evergreen_Township,_Montcalm_County,_Michigan Evergreen]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairplain_Township,_Michigan Fairplain]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferris_Township,_Michigan Ferris]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_Township,_Montcalm_County,_Michigan Home]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maple_Valley_Township,_Montcalm_County,_Michigan Maple Valley]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montcalm_Township,_Michigan Montcalm]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierson_Township,_Michigan Pierson]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pine_Township,_Michigan Pine]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reynolds_Township,_Michigan Reynolds]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richland_Township,_Montcalm_County,_Michigan Richland]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidney_Township,_Michigan Sidney]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winfield_Township,_Michigan Winfield]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edmore,_Michigan Edmore]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_City,_Michigan Howard City]
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====

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

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Montcalm County, Michigan
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Location of Michigan in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 2, 1831
County Seat Stanton
Courthouse
Montcalm County, Michigan Courthouse.jpg
Address Montcalm County Courthouse
211 W Main Street
PO Box 368
Stanton, MI 48888
Phone: 989-831-7339
Montcalm County Website


County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Louis-Joseph de Montcalm. The County has Stanton as its seat and the County was created 1738. The County is located in the central area of the state.[1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
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.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]


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]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1831--Montcalm County was created 2 March 1831 from Mackinac County. It was attached to Ionia County prior to organization 20 March 1850. County seat: Stanton [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

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

Places/Localities[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:[5]

Cities
Villages
Unincorporated communities
Townships


Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Clinton  • Gratiot  • Ionia  • Isabella  • Kent  • Mecosta  • Newaygo

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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
MIInterment
EPodunk
Billion Graves
See Michigan Cemeteries for more information.

Reynolds Township Cemetery

Census[edit | edit source]

State Census

Church[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.

Court[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Land[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 county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Montcalm 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.

Portrait and biographical album of Ionia and Montcalm counties, Michigan.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Newaygo CountyMecosta CountyIsabella CountyGratiot CountyClinton CountyIonia CountyKent CountyMI MONTCALM.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]
World War I[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Finding More Michigan Newspapers[edit source]

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

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate[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.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Michigan, Montcalm 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

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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.

Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriage[edit | edit source]
Death[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

  • Flat River Genealogical Society of Greenville
    506 W. Grant Street
    Greenville, MI 48838
  • Belding Area Historical Society
    108 Hanover
    Belding, MI 48809
    Phone: 616-794-2210
  • Oakfield Pioneer Heritage Society and Museum
    11009 Podunk Road
    Greenville, MI 48838
    Phone: 616-754-1970
  • Ionia County Historical Society
    Blanchard House
    251 E. Main
    Ionia, MI 48846
    Phone: 616-527-6281
  • Ionia County Genealogical Society
    PO Box 516
    Lake Odessa, MI 48849-0516
    Phone: 616-374-8455

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Montcalm County, Michigan" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montcalm_County,_Michigan."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Montcalm County, Michigan . Page 343-351 At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 346-349.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Montcalm County, Michigan page 348, 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).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Montcalm County, Michigan," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montcalm_County,_Michigan, accessed 05 November 2019.