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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Michigan]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' ''Ottawa County'''
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Guide to '''Ottawa County, Michigan ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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| seat = Grand Haven  
 
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| building address = Ottawa County Courthouse<br>414 Washington Ave.<br>Grand Haven, MI 49417-1473<br>Phone: (616) 846-8310<br> [http://www.co.ottawa.mi.us/'''Ottawa County Website'''] }}
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| building address = Ottawa County Courthouse<br>414 Washington Ave.<br>Grand Haven, MI 49417-1473<br>Phone: (616) 846-8310<br> [http://www.co.ottawa.mi.us/'''Ottawa County Website'''] }}
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=== County Information  ===
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==== Ottawa County, Michigan Record Dates  ====
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>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</ref></center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ottawa County, Michigan Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ottawa County, Michigan Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ottawa County, Michigan Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ottawa County, Michigan Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Ottawa County, Michigan Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ottawa County, Michigan Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1866
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1847
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1867
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1820
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1834
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1844
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
<br>County Clerk has birth and death records from 1867, marriage <br>and court records from 1847 and divorce records from 1863.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ottawa County, Michigan page 350, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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<br>[https://www.miottawa.org/VitalRecords/ County Clerk] has birth and death records from 1867, marriage <br>and court records from 1847 and divorce records from 1863.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ottawa County, Michigan page 350, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1831--'''Ottawa County was created 2 March 1831&nbsp;from [[Mackinac County, Michigan|Mackinac]] County and unorganized territory.&nbsp; It was attached to Kent County prior to organization 29 December 1837. &nbsp;'''County seat:''' Grand Haven <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1831--'''Ottawa County was created 2 March 1831&nbsp;from [[Mackinac County, Michigan Genealogy|Mackinac]] County and unorganized territory.&nbsp; It was attached to Kent County prior to organization 29 December 1837. &nbsp;'''County seat:''' Grand Haven <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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For animated maps illustrating Michigan county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/michigan/ "Rotating Formation Michigan County Boundary Maps"] (1790-1897) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
  
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
 
== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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===== Villages  =====
 
===== Villages  =====
  
Spring Lake<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1233851349980_812" />
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Spring Lake  
  
 
===== Townships  =====
 
===== Townships  =====
  
Allendale Charter | Blendon&nbsp; | Chester&nbsp; | Crockery&nbsp; | Georgetown Charter |Grand Haven Charter |<br>Holland Charter |&nbsp;Jamestown Charter | Olive | Park | Polkton | Port Sheldon&nbsp;| Robinson | Spring Lake | Tallmadge Charter |&nbsp;Wright | Zeeland Charter&nbsp;&nbsp;
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Allendale Charter | Blendon | Chester | Crockery | Georgetown Charter |Grand Haven Charter |<br>Holland Charter | Jamestown Charter | Olive | Park | Polkton | Port Sheldon | Robinson | Spring Lake | [[Tallmadge Charter Township, Michigan|Tallmadge Charter]] | Wright | Zeeland Charter  
  
 
===== Unincorporated  =====
 
===== Unincorporated  =====
  
Allendale | Beechwood | Drenthe&nbsp;| Eastmanville | Jenison | Marne  
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Allendale | Beechwood | Drenthe | Eastmanville | Jenison | [[Tallmadge Charter Township, Michigan|Lamont]] | Marne  
  
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Allegan County, Michigan|Allegan]]  
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[[Allegan County, Michigan Genealogy|Allegan]] {{•}} [[Kent County, Michigan Genealogy|Kent]] {{•}} [[Muskegon County, Michigan Genealogy|Muskegon]]  
*[[Kent County, Michigan|Kent]]  
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<center>{{MIOttawa County, Michigan Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Muskegon County, Michigan|Muskegon]]
 
 
 
 
== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
 
==== Cemeteries  ====
  
*[http://www.findagrave.com/ Find A Grave]  
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*[http://ottawa.migenweb.net/cemeteries/ Index to Records of Ottawa County Cemeteries]  
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*[http://interment.net/us/mi/ottawa.htm Interment.net]  
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
*[http://www.usgwtombstones.org/michigan/ottawa.htm The Tombstone Transcription Project]
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gsr&GSfn=&GSmn=&GSln=&GSbyrel=all&GSby=&GSdyrel=all&GSdy=&GScntry=4&GSst=24&GScnty=1296&GSgrid=&df=all&GSob=n Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|455708|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=24&CScnty=1296 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://ottawa.migenweb.net/cemeteries/index.html USGenWeb]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Ottawa+Michigan&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/results?year_range=5&action=search_cemetery&exact=true&country=United%20States&state=Michigan&county=Ottawa&cemetery_name=a# Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/mi/ottawa/7001cemeteries.htm MIGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/michigan/ottawa.htm Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.interment.net/us/mi/ottawa.htm MIInterment]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=22050&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=31&stateAbbv=&stateName= EPodunk]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[https://billiongraves.com/pages/search/# Billion Graves]
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==== Censuses  ====
 
==== Censuses  ====
  
 
'''[[United States Census 1790|1790]]''', '''[[United States Census 1800|1800]]''', '''[[United States Census 1810|1810]]''', '''[[United States Census 1820|1820]]''', '''[[United States Census 1840|1840]]''', '''[[United States Census 1850|1850]]''', '''[[United States Census 1860|1860]]''', '''[[United States Census 1870|1870]]''', '''[[United States Census 1880|1880]]''', '''[[United States Census 1890|1890]]''', '''[[United States Census 1900|1900]]''', '''[[United States Census 1910|1910]]''', and '''[[United States Census 1920|1920]]''' US Federal Censuses for Ottawa, Michigan can be found at [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Record Search].&nbsp; Free searchable name indexes and images are available for most census years.  
 
'''[[United States Census 1790|1790]]''', '''[[United States Census 1800|1800]]''', '''[[United States Census 1810|1810]]''', '''[[United States Census 1820|1820]]''', '''[[United States Census 1840|1840]]''', '''[[United States Census 1850|1850]]''', '''[[United States Census 1860|1860]]''', '''[[United States Census 1870|1870]]''', '''[[United States Census 1880|1880]]''', '''[[United States Census 1890|1890]]''', '''[[United States Census 1900|1900]]''', '''[[United States Census 1910|1910]]''', and '''[[United States Census 1920|1920]]''' US Federal Censuses for Ottawa, Michigan can be found at [https://www.familysearch.org/ FamilySearch Record Search].&nbsp; Free searchable name indexes and images are available for most census years.  
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==== Census ====
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''' State Census'''
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*'''1894''' - {{RecordSearch|1825187|Michigan State Census, 1894}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
  
 
==== Church  ====
 
==== Church  ====
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{{MI Church Intro}}
  
 
*[http://www.infomi.com/dir/church/church.php?county=Ottawa Ottawa County Michigan Church Directory]: A listing of some of the different churches in Ottawa.
 
*[http://www.infomi.com/dir/church/church.php?county=Ottawa Ottawa County Michigan Church Directory]: A listing of some of the different churches in Ottawa.
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*[http://www.co.ottawa.oh.us/ Ottawa County Courthouses]&nbsp;(Found on left side of home page.)
 
*[http://www.co.ottawa.oh.us/ Ottawa County Courthouses]&nbsp;(Found on left side of home page.)
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==== Emigration and Immigration ====
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*'''1929 - 1966''' {{RecordSearch|2426314|Michigan, Crew Lists for various ports, 1929-1966}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images<br>
  
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
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{{MI Land Intro}}
  
 
==== Local Histories  ====
 
==== Local Histories  ====
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{{MI History Intro}}
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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[[Image:Miottawa.jpg|600px|Miottawa.jpg]]
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*[http://www.historygeo.com/search/ Family Maps of {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/michigan/ Maps of Michigan (1790-1897)]
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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==== Newspapers  ====
 
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{{MI Newspaper abstracts|Ottawa}}
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==== Obituaries ====
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*'''1820-2006''' - {{RecordSearch|2215693|Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
  
 
==== Probate  ====
 
==== Probate  ====
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{{MI Probate Intro|Ottawa}}
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''1784 – 1980''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8793 Michigan Wills and Probate Records 1784-1980] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry.com] — index and images $
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*'''1797 – 1973''' {{RecordSearch|2013878|Michigan Probate Records 1797-1973}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
  
 
==== Vital Records  ====
 
==== Vital Records  ====
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{{MI Vital Intro}}
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/michigan/mi-vital-records/ How to order Michigan Vital Records]
  
 
===== Birth Records  =====
 
===== Birth Records  =====
  
*[http://ottawa.migenweb.net/births/18671902/ Index to&nbsp;Birth Records in Ottawa County 1867-1902]  
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*'''1867-1902''' - [http://ottawa.migenweb.net/births/18671902/ Index to&nbsp;Birth Records in Ottawa County 1867-1902]  
*'''Michigan Birth Registrations, 1867-1902'''&nbsp;-- Free name indexes and images at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1459684 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.
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*'''1867-1902''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1459684 Michigan Birth Registrations, 1867-1902]-- Free name indexes and images at [https://www.familysearch.org/#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1459684 FamilySearch]. Records include such information as name of child, birthdate and place, if still-born, illegitimate or twin, gender, race and record number.
  
 
===== Marriage Records  =====
 
===== Marriage Records  =====
  
 
*[http://ottawa.migenweb.net/marriages/index.html Index to Marriage Records in Ottawa County]  
 
*[http://ottawa.migenweb.net/marriages/index.html Index to Marriage Records in Ottawa County]  
*'''Michigan Marriage Registrations, 1868-1925''' -- Free name indexes at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1452395 FamilySearch Record Search]. &nbsp;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.
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*'''1868-1925''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1452395 Michigan Marriage Registrations, 1868-1925] -- Free name indexes at [https://www.familysearch.org/#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1452395 FamilySearch]. &nbsp;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.
  
 
===== Death Records  =====
 
===== Death Records  =====
  
 
*[http://ottawa.migenweb.net/deaths/index.html Index to Death Records in Ottawa County]  
 
*[http://ottawa.migenweb.net/deaths/index.html Index to Death Records in Ottawa County]  
*'''Michigan Death Registrations, 1867-1897'''--&nbsp;Free name indexes and images&nbsp;at&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/search/collection/show#uri=http://www.familysearch.org/searchapi/search/collection/1452402 FamilySearch Record Search]. &nbsp;&nbsp;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.
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*'''1867-1897''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1452402 Michigan Death Registrations, 1867-1897] --&nbsp;<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1236870413453_862" /><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1236870413453_263" />&nbsp;Free name indexes and images&nbsp;at&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1452402 FamilySearch]. &nbsp;&nbsp;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  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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'''Coopersville Area Historical Society and Museum'''<br> 363 Main Street<br> Coopersville MI 49404<br>Telephone Number: 616-997-7240<br>[http://www.coopersvillehistoricalmuseum.org/ Website]<br><br>
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'''Grand Haven Genealogical Society'''<br> c/o Loutit Library<br> 407 Columbus <br>Grand Haven Ml 49417<br><br>
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'''Holland Genealogical Society'''<br> c/o Herrick Public Library<br> 300 River Avenue <br>Holland MI 49423<br><br>
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/michigan/mi-society-archive/ List of Michigan Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
  
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
== Web Sites ==
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== Websites ==
  
*USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county.  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/michigan/ottawa-county/ Ottawa County, MI History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
*{{FHL|Michigan%2C+Ottawa|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}  
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/117010845362856133445 Michigan Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/241315555879711/ Michigan Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
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*[http://ottawa.migenweb.net/ USGenWeb project.] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.  
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*{{FHL|Michigan%2C+Ottawa|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottawa_County,_Michigan Ottawa County, wikipedia]  
 
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ottawa_County,_Michigan Ottawa County, wikipedia]  
*[http://www.mymichigangenealogy.com/mi_county/ott.htm Family History 101]. Brief history, facts and where to find records in Ottawa Co.
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*[http://www.mifamilyhistory.org/counties/ottawa.aspx Michigan Family History Network]  
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/MI/Ottawa-County.htm Ottawa County MI Genealogy] (LDS Genealogy)
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==

Latest revision as of 20:39, 23 August 2017

United States
Michigan Genealogy
Ottawa County

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

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Ottawa County, Michigan
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Location of Michigan in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 2, 1831
County Seat Grand Haven
Courthouse
Address Ottawa County Courthouse
414 Washington Ave.
Grand Haven, MI 49417-1473
Phone: (616) 846-8310
Ottawa County Website


County Information

Ottawa County, Michigan Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1866 1847 1867 1820 1834 1844

County Courthouse


County Clerk has birth and death records from 1867, marriage
and court records from 1847 and divorce records from 1863.[2]

History

Parent County

1831--Ottawa County was created 2 March 1831 from Mackinac County and unorganized territory.  It was attached to Kent County prior to organization 29 December 1837.  County seat: Grand Haven [3]

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.

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Cities

Coopersville | Ferrysburg | Grand Haven | Holland | Hudsonville | Zeeland

Villages

Spring Lake

Townships

Allendale Charter | Blendon | Chester | Crockery | Georgetown Charter |Grand Haven Charter |
Holland Charter | Jamestown Charter | Olive | Park | Polkton | Port Sheldon | Robinson | Spring Lake | Tallmadge Charter | Wright | Zeeland Charter

Unincorporated

Allendale | Beechwood | Drenthe | Eastmanville | Jenison | Lamont | Marne


Neighboring Counties

Allegan  • Kent  • Muskegon

Muskegon CountyOttawa CountyOceana CountyAntrim CountyCrawford CountyKalamazoo CountyNewaygo CountyMecosta CountyMontcalm CountyBarry CountyAllegan CountyBerrien CountyVan Buren CountyKent CountyMIOttawa.JPG


Resources

Cemeteries

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.

Censuses

1790, 1800, 1810, 1820, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1890, 1900, 1910, and 1920 US Federal Censuses for Ottawa, Michigan can be found at FamilySearch Record Search.  Free searchable name indexes and images are available for most census years.

Census

State Census

Church

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

Emigration and Immigration

Land

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 Ottawa 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

Miottawa.jpg

Military

Civil War

Civil War service men from Ottawa 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 Ottawa County.

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Newspapers

Finding More Michigan Newspapers

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

Obituaries

Probate

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, Ottawa 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

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.

Birth Records
Marriage Records
Death Records

Societies and Libraries

Coopersville Area Historical Society and Museum
363 Main Street
Coopersville MI 49404
Telephone Number: 616-997-7240
Website

Grand Haven Genealogical Society
c/o Loutit Library
407 Columbus
Grand Haven Ml 49417

Holland Genealogical Society
c/o Herrick Public Library
300 River Avenue
Holland MI 49423


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.

Websites

References

  1. 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
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ottawa County, Michigan page 350, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).