Ottawa County, Michigan Genealogy

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Online Records

County Courthouse

Ottawa County Courthouse
414 Washington Ave.
Grand Haven, MI 49417-1473
Phone: (616) 846-8310

County Clerk has birth and death records from 1867, marriage
and court records from 1847 and divorce records from 1863.[1]


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 [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places


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


Spring Lake


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  


Allendale | Beechwood | Drenthe | Eastmanville | Jenison | Marne


Neighboring Counties




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.




Local Histories



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.





Vital Records

Birth Records
Marriage Records
Death Records
  • Index to Death Records in Ottawa County
  • 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.

Societies and Libraries

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. 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.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).