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Montcalm County, Michigan Genealogy

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


Montcalm County, Michigan
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Location of Michigan in the U.S.
Founded March 2, 1831
County Seat Stanton
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 InformationEdit


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 DatesEdit

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 CourthouseEdit

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]


Parent CountyEdit

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 ChangesEdit

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

Record LossEdit

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


Populated PlacesEdit

Neighboring CountiesEdit

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



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

Reynolds Township Cemetery


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 ImmigrationEdit


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 HistoriesEdit

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.


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


Civil WarEdit
World War IEdit


Finding More Michigan NewspapersEdit

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Montcalm 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, 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


Vital RecordsEdit

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 LibrariesEdit

  • 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 CentersEdit

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.



  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Montcalm County, Michigan" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_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).