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Ottawa County

Ottawa County

Ottawa County Clerk
12220 Fillmore Street, Room 130
West Olive, MI 49460
Phone: 616-994-4531

Genealogy Research Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Identification Requirements: Drivers License


Certified Copy/Additional: $10.00/$4.00


Genealogy Record Copy: n/a


Other Copy Fees: $ .50 per page (photocopies); $1.00 per additional page (first copy of Military Discharge is free)


Comments: Space allows for three to four genealogists at one time. Children are allowed.


Births: 1866 to present. Birth records are available only to the individual named on the birth record (registrant), the parents of the registrant, a legal guardian of the registrant, a legal representative of the registrant or an heir of the registrant. An heir is defined as any relative of a deceased individual. Heirs must supply the date and place of death of the registrant when requesting a copy. This policy is in accordance with MCL 333.2882.


Deaths: 1867 to present


Marriages:1848 to present


Divorces: 1898 to present


Naturalization Records: 1852 to 1910; Petition for Naturalization: 1907 to 1911; Declaration of Intention: 1910 to 1929. Original records have been given to the Archives of Michigan. We have 35mm microfilm, but our microfilm machine only takes 16mm film at the present time.


Criminal Cases: 1859 to present


Other: For additional local and state government records with potential genealogical value, see the Archival Circulars for records maintained at the Archives of Michigan.