Montmorency County, Michigan Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Atlanta
Organized: May 21, 1881
Parent County(s): Mackinac[1]
Neighboring Counties
Alcona  • Alpena  • Cheboygan  • Crawford  • Oscoda  • Otsego  • Presque Isle
See County Maps
Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for a well known Chippewa (also known as Ojibwa) Chief, whose name meant Big Cloud. The County is located in the north-central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Montmorency County Courthouse
12265 M-32
P. O. Box 789
Atlanta, MI 49709
Phone: 989-785-8022
Phone: 517-785-4794
Montmorency County Website

County Clerk has birth, marriage, and death records from 1881, divorce and court records from 1940 and military records from 1920. [3]

Montmorency 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
1881 1881 1881 1940 1943 1943 1820
Statewide registration started in 1867 for births and deaths. General compliance by 1915.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

1942 County Courthouse burned, destroying the Prosecuting Attorney’s records. Surviving records were moved to the Community Hall.
1943 Community Hall holding records that survived the 1942 fire burned, destroying all county documents, except birth, death, and marriage statistics.

For suggestions about research in places that suffered historic record losses, see:

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]

Villages
Census-designated places
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 Montmorency 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.
1890 1,487
1900 3,234 117.5%
1910 3,755 16.1%
1920 4,089 8.9%
1930 2,814 −31.2%
1940 3,840 36.5%
1950 4,125 7.4%
1960 4,424 7.2%
1970 5,247 18.6%
1980 7,492 42.8%
1990 8,936 19.3%
2000 10,315 15.4%
2010 9,765 −5.3%
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]

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 Montmorency County courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Montmorency 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]

Cheboygan CountyPresque Isle CountyAlpena CountyAlcona CountyOscoda CountyCrawford CountyOtsego CountyMI MONTMORENCY.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

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 Montmorency 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 Montmorency County. For state-wide library facilities, see Michigan Archives and Libraries.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Montmorency County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Michigan Societies.
Lewiston Historical Society
PO Box 461
4384 Michelson Avenue
Lewiston MI 49756
Telephone: 989-786-2451
Website
Montmorency County Historical Society
McKenzie One-Room School
M-33 N (Montmorency County Fair Grounds)
Atlanta, MI 49709
Telephone: 989-742-4218
Mailing Address:
PO Box 252
Hillman, MI 49746
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

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  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
  • Montmorency County MI Genealogy (ldsgenealogy.com)
  • FamilySearch Catalog – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use Historical Records to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.

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, "Montmorency County, Michigan" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Michigan.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. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Michigan.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Montmorency County, Michigan," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia accessed 06 November 2019.