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

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Oceana County, Michigan
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Location of Michigan in the U.S.
Founded March 2, 1831
County Seat Hart
Address Oceana County Courthouse]
100 State Street
Hart, MI 49420
Phone: (231) 873-4328
Oceana County Website


County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth and marriage records from 1867
and death records from 1868.
Clerk Circuit Court has divorce and court records.
Probate Court has probate records.
Register of Deeds has land records.[1]


Parent County

1831 Oceana County was created 2 March 1831 from Mackinac County. It was attached to Kent and Ottawa Counties prior to organization 7 April 1851. County seat: Hart [2]

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

For a list of record loss in Michigan counties see: Michigan Counties with Burned Courthouses


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Lake  • Mason  • Muskegon  • Newaygo

Kent CountyMontcalm CountyNewaygo CountyLake CountyManistee CountyManistee CountyMason CountyMecosta CountyMissaukee CountyWexford CountyOsceola CountyOttawa CountyOceana CountyOceana CountyMIOceana.JPG


American Indian

Fraderburg-Kelley, Ruth Ann. Oceana County Native American: Births, Deaths and Marriages index. FHL book 970.1 Oc2f Digital versionWorldCat



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.



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 Oceana County, Michigan. 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.




Civil War

Civil War service men from Oceana 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 Oceana County.



The Saginaw News[1]


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 - Oceana - Probate records.


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.

  • How to order Michigan Vital Records
  • Michigan Birth Registrations, 1867-1902 -- Free name indexes and images at FamilySearch Record Search. Records include such information as name of child, birth date and place, if still-born, illegitimate or twin, gender, race and record number.
  • Michigan Marriage Registrations, 1868-1925 -- Free name indexes at FamilySearch Record Search. 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 Record Search.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.

Open Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Societies and Libraries

Oceana County Historical & Genealogical Society

Research & Library Headquarters
114 Dryden St, Hart MI 49420
Phone 231-873-2600


Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Oceana County, Michigan page 349, 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).


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