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

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Montmorency County, Michigan
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Location of Michigan in the U.S.
Facts
Founded April 1, 1840
County Seat Atlanta
Courthouse
Montmorency County Courthouse MI.jpg
Address Montmorency County Courthouse
12265 M-32
P. O. Box 789
Atlanta, MI 49709
Phone: 989-785-8022
Phone: 517-785-4794
Montmorency County Website


County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for a well known Chippewa (also known as Ojibwa) Chief, whose name meant Big Cloud. The County has Atlanta as its seat and the County was created 1881. The County is located in the north central area of the state.[1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1881 1881 1881 1940 1943 1943 1820
Statewide registration started in 1867 for births and deaths. General compliance by 1915.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]


County Clerk has birth, marriage, and death records from 1881,
divorce and court records from 1940 and military records from 1920. [3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1840--Montmorency County was created 1 April 1840 from Mackinac County. Formerly Cheonoquet County until name changed to Montmoerency 8 March 1843. It was attached to Mackinac, Cheboygan, and Alpena Counties prior to organization 21 May 1881. County seat: Atlanta [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]

1942 County Courthouse burned, destroying the Prosecuting Attorney’s records. Surviving records were moved to the Community Hall.
1943 Community Hall holding records that survived the 1942 fire burned, destroying all county documents, except birth, death, and marriage statistics.
For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

Some of the populated places still in Montmorency County, MI, are the towns of Hillman, Atlanta, Lewiston, Vienna, and the area of Canada Creek.  None of them have more than a blinking light for traffic signals so that gives an idea of how rural the county is.  Since the lumbering era, many other smaller area have become little more than crossroads known by the locals by the names of the towns they used to be during that times.  Submitted by Ella Purkiss Accredited Genealogist and resident of Montmorency County

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Alcona  • Alpena  • Cheboygan  • Crawford  • Oscoda  • Otsego  • Presque Isle

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.

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 Montmorency 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.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Cheboygan CountyPresque Isle CountyAlpena CountyAlcona CountyOscoda CountyCrawford CountyOtsego CountyMI MONTMORENCY.PNG
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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 Montmorency 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, Montmorency 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]

Lewiston Historical Society
PO Box 461
4384 Michelson Avenue
Lewiston MI 49756
Telephone: 989-786-2451

Montmorency County Historical Society
McKenzie One-Room School
M-33 N (Montmorency County Fair Grounds)
Atlanta, MI 49709
Telephone: 989-742-4218
Mailing Address:
PO Box 252
Hillman, MI 49746
Website

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. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Montmorency County, Michigan" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montmorency_County,_Michigan."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Montmorency 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), Montmorency 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).