Allegan County, Michigan Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Allegan
Organized: March 2, 1831
Parent County(s): Barry[1]
Neighboring Counties
Alcona  • Montmorency  • Oscoda  • Presque Isle
Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The county name was coined by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft to sound like a Native American word. The county is located in the southwest area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Allegan County Courthouse
113 Chestnut St.
Allegan, MI 49010-1362
Phone: 616-673-0450
Allegan County Website

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. [3]

Allegan County, Michigan Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1867 1835 1867 1836 1836 1839 1820
Statewide registration started in 1867 for births and deaths. General compliance by 1915.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[6]

Cities
Villages
Unincorporated communities
Townships


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Allegan County, Michigan online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Michigan Cemeteries for more information

 

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 1,783
1850 5,125 187.4%
1860 16,087 213.9%
1870 32,105 99.6%
1880 37,815 17.8%
1890 38,961 3.0%
1900 38,812 −0.4%
1910 39,819 2.6%
1920 37,540 −5.7%
1930 38,974 3.8%
1940 41,839 7.4%
1950 47,493 13.5%
1960 57,729 21.6%
1970 66,575 15.3%
1980 81,555 22.5%
1990 90,509 11.0%
2000 105,665 16.7%
2010 111,408 5.4%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".


State Census

Church Records[edit | edit source]

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.


List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

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

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[edit | edit source]

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 Allegan County courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Allegan County. 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 and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

- 17th Regiment, Michigan Infantry, Company E

Online Indexes and Records

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[edit | edit source]

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. Online Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Michigan tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information see the Wiki page, Michigan Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

  • Birth Records and Death Records from 1867 can be obtained from the Michigan Department of Community Health or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.
  • Marriage Records from 1867 and Divorce Records from 1897 can be obtained from the County Clerk.

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Listed below are archives in Allegan County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Michigan Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Allegan County. For state-wide library facilities, see Michigan Archives and Libraries.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Allegan County Old Jail Museum
113 Walnut Street
Allegan MI 49010
Phone: 269-673-8292
website

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Allegan County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Michigan Societies.

  • Allegan County Historical Society
    113 Walnut Street
    Allegan, MI 49010
    Phone: 269-673-8292
    Facebook Website
  • Saugatuck-Douglas Historical Society
    130 West Center Street/PO Box 619
    Douglas, MI 49406
    Phone: 269-857-5751
    Facebook Website
  • Then and Now Historical and Genealogical Society of Allegan County
    532 N. Main
    Wayland, MI 49348
    Phone: 616-681-0333
    Facebook
  • Wayland Area Tree Tracers
    129 W. Cedar Street
    Wayland, MI 49348
  • Western Michigan Genealogical Society
    c/o Grand Rapids Public Library
    111 Library Street
    NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3268
    Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

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Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Michigan.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Allegan, County," in wikipedia
  3. 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.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Michigan.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Allegan, Michigan," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allegan_County,_Michigan, accessed 22 August 2019.