Allegan County, Michigan Genealogy

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United States Gotoarrow.png Michigan Gotoarrow.png Allegan County

Guide to Allegan County Michigan genealogy. Birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.

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Online Records

Allegan County, Michigan
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Location of Michigan in the U.S.
Founded March 2, 1831
County Seat Allegan
Address Allegan County Courthouse
113 Chestnut St.
Allegan, MI 49010-1362
Phone: (616) 673-0450
Allegan County Website


County Courthouse

Organized 7 Sep 1835
County Clerk has birth and death records from from 1867,
marriage records from 1835, divorce, court and land records from 1836
and military discharge records.
Probate Court has probate records from 1836. [1]


Parent County

1831--Allegan County was created 2 March 1831 from Barry County. It was organized 7 September 1835.  County seat: Allegan [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

  • Cities: Allegan . Douglas . Fennville . Holland . Otsego . Plainwell . Saugatuck . South Haven . Wayland
  • Villages: Hopkins . Martin
  • Townships: Allegan . Casco . Cheshire . Clyde . Dorr . Fillmore . Ganges . Gun Plain . Heath . Hopkins . Laketown . Lee . Leighton . Manlius . Martin . Monterey . Otsego . Overisel . Salem . Saugatuck . Trowbridge . Valley . Watson . Wayland
  • Communities: Bradley . Bravo . Burnips . Cheshire, Chicora . Dorr . Dunningville . East Saugatuck . Fillmore . Ganges . Glenn . Graafschap . Hamilton . Hilliards . Macatawa . Moline . Monterey . New Richmond . Overisel . Pearl . Pullman . Shelbyville . Watson

Neighboring Counties

Barry | Kalamazoo | Kent | Ottawa | Van Buren




City Directories

1898 South Haven Directory This directory includes Casco Township residents and lists the township section number, whether owned or rented, and number of acres.



Local Histories



Civil War

Civil War service men from Allegan 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 Allegan County.

- 17th Regiment, Michigan Infantry, Company E



Southwest Michigan Obituary Index from the earliest date to 2000.



Vital Records

  • Michigan Birth Registrations, 1867-1902 -- Free name indexes and images at FamilySearch. 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.  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.   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


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Allegan County, Michigan page 343, 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).