Libraries and Vital Records Repositories

Blue links will take you to the web page of the library or repository.  Red links take you to the guide.


Alvah N Belding Memorial Library  GUIDE
Clarksville Area Library 
Ionia Community Library  GUIDE
     Family History Book Holdings
     Microfilm Holdings
Lake Odessa Community Library  GUIDE
Lyons Township District Library  GUIDE
Palo Community School District Public Library
Portland District Library  GUIDE
Saranac Public Library  GUIDE
Clarke Historical Library  GUIDE
Grand Rapids Public Library  GUIDE
Lowell Public Library  GUIDE
Library of Michigan  GUIDE
LDS Family History Centers  GUIDE
Burton Historical Collection  GUIDE
Michigan Archives  GUIDE
Michigan Electronic Library
Allen County Public Library  GUIDE

Vital Records Repositories

Ionia County Clerk  GUIDE
Ionia County Probate Office  GUIDE
Ionia County Register of Deeds  GUIDE
Michigan Department of Public Health GUIDE
Bureau of Land Management - Eastern States  GUIDE
National Archives - Chicago  GUIDE
Social Security Administration  GUIDE



     Following you will find listed the names and addresses of the libraries and vital record repositories referred to in this guide. Throughout the guide, these repositories will be listed in bold type. Please refer back to this section of the guide to obtain the address and details about research at each particular repository.


Ionia County Clerk
Court House - 100 W. Main Street
Room 110
Ionia, Michigan 48846
(616) 527-5322

Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

There is room for 2 researchers to work at a time. Children are discouraged. It is preferred that research not be planned for Mondays.


Ionia County Probate Office
Court House - 100 W. Main Street
Ionia, Michigan 48846
(616) 527-5326


Ionia County Register of Deeds
Courthouse - 100 W. Main Street
P.O. Box 35,
Ionia, Michigan 48846
Phone: (616) 527-5320.

Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Ionia Community Library
126 E. Main Street
Ionia, Michigan 48846
(616) 527-3680
FAX: 1-616-527-6210

Hours are 10:00 am - 8:00 pm Monday thru Thursday; 10:00 am - 6:00 pm on Friday and 10:00 am - 2:00 pm Saturday.

They are closed on Sundays and Holidays.


State Archives of Michigan
Bureau of History / Department of State
P. O. Box 30007
717 W. Allegan
Lansing, Michigan 48909
Phone: (517) 373-1408
Phone: (517) 373-1300

     The best way to research your topic of interest at the State Archives is to visit the State Archives Reading Room. If you are not able to visit the Reading Room, it is a good idea to hire a researcher to look at the records for you. A list of researchers is available from the State Archives.

     When you arrive at the State Archives, you will be asked to fill out a researcher rules form that explains the security rules. You will be asked to place all of your personal belongings such as books, bags, briefcases, purses, etc. in a locker .A locker will be provided for your use throughout the day. You may take only pencils, paper and research materials into the Reading Room. Pencils are also available at the Reference Desk.

     The State Archives' stacks are not open to the public, so records must be retrieved by staff members and delivered to the researcher. The reference archivist can assist you with the use of guides and indexes that will help you determine which records you need. You will be assigned a table so the archival assistants will know where to deliver your research materials.

     You are encouraged to contact the State Archives of Michigan at (517) 373-1408 prior to your visit., to help them identify some of the records you may wish to use before you arrive.

     The State Archives is located in the Michigan Library and Historical Center, two blocks west of the State Capitol, in Lansing, Michigan.


**The State Archives also houses a number of records at regional repositories. Some of those regional repositories are:

Central Michigan University - Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
Michigan Technological University - Houghton, Michigan
Oakland University - Rochester, Michigan
Western Michigan University - Kalamazoo, Michigan


Michigan Department of Public Health
Office of the State Registrar and Center for Health Statistics
201 Townsend Street, 3rd Floor
Lansing, Michigan 48913


The Library of Michigan

Located in the Michigan Library and Historical Center
717 W. Allegan St.
P.O. Box 30007
Lansing, Michigan 48909-7507
Telephone: 517-373-1580
Fax: 517-373-5700

 The Library is closed on official state holidays.


Most genealogical material is now housed in the Archives of Michigan. 

Use Answer to check location.


 LDS Church (Morman) Libraries

Michigan Family History Center
431 E. Saginaw
P.O. Box 1610
East Lansing, Michigan 48826
Phone: (517) 332-2932

Hours open: T, W, TH 10:00 am - 8:00 pm; Sat 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Notes: FHC has complete microfilm collection of released MI county vital records

 Michigan Family History Center
2780 Leonard N.E.
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49505
Phone: 616-949-3343

Hours open: Wed. & Thurs. - 9:30 am to 9:30 pm & Sat. - 9:30 am to 2:00 pm


 Alvah N. Belding Library
302 E. Main
Belding, Michigan 48809
(616) 794-1450

 Lake Odessa Community Library
1005 Fourth Avenue
Lake Odessa, Michigan 48849
(616) 374-4591

Lowell Public Library
200 N. Monroe
Lowell, Michigan 49331
(616) 897-9596

Lyons Public Library
309 Bridge Street
Lyons, Michigan 48851
(517) 855-3414

Portland Public Library
334 Kent Street
Portland, Michigan 48875
(517) 647-6981

Saranac Public Library
63 Bridge Street
Saranac, Michigan 48881
(616) 642-9146

Grand Rapids Public Library
111 Liberty St. N.E.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: (616) 988-5400

     The Grand Rapids Public Library has one of the most extensive genealogy collections in the state. The Michigan and Family History Department of the Grand Rapids Public Library has all of GR newspapers on microfilm. Some obituaries are in a card file and others are indexed in books.


Central Michigan University

Clarke Historical Library
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan 48859
Phone: (517) 774-3352
FAX: 517.774.2179 Attn: Clarke Library

     The Clarke Library is located on the fourth floor of the Park Library Building on the CMU campus in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Mount Pleasant is located approximately sixty miles north of Lansing.  

The Clarke Historical Library is also a regional repository for the State Archives of Michigan.



located at 5201 Woodward Avenue; Detroit, MI 48202; (313) 833-1480. To read


National Archives and Records Administration

Regional Records Services


7358 South Pulaski Road
Chicago, Illinois 60629-5898
Phone: 773-581-7816
Fax: 312-886-7883 

     In addition to the National Archives in Washington, D.C., there are currently 12 Regional Archive Centers located in various cities around the country. The regional centers all have United States census data and a variety of other research materials. There is no inter-center loan, so you must go to the regional center that has the records that you need to search. If you have a very specific request, you may be able to get a photocopy of the record instead. In addition, the National Archives has a microfilm rental program for census records. Call 301-604-3699 for rental program information. 

      In addition to microfilm reading rooms and limited research assistance, many regional centers offer a variety of services, including genealogy workshops, exhibits, films, and group tours.

     In addition to selected national microfilm records, this branch includes original regional records from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.


Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Closed Saturdays, Sundays, and Federal holidays


     This branch of the National Archives holds approximately 62,000 cubic feet of historical records dating from the 1780's to the present. Their original records include photographs, maps, and architectural drawings relating to regional history, and include subjects such as American Indians, agriculture, and regional court records. Among their national records on microfilm are United States population censuses for all states from 1790-1920, excluding 1890; census indexes for 1880, 1900, 1910, and 1920; Indian censuses from 1885-1940; various passenger lists and indexes to passenger lists; military records from the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Patriot War of 1838, the Mexican War, as well as records of volunteer soldiers for the Civil War, The War with Spain, and the Indian Wars.

Access to Records

     On-site Researchers who plan to use the original records on-site should schedule visits in advance. All researchers using original records need to get a researcher ID card. Records may be photocopied unless the condition of the document prohibits it. Researchers who plan to use the microfilm records can do so in the self-service microfilm reader room. Call in advance to make reservations. Self-service microfilm to paper copies are available.

     Through the mail - The National Archives staff will not do genealogical research for you. However, they can look up and copy a particular record if you have detailed information about that record. Costs are usually less than $10. If you are looking for a specific type of record, call or write to find out what information is required before the staff will initiate a search.

     Literature available. A number of important pamphlets are available through the Archives. You may consider ordering the following pamphlets to help you in your search:- Microfilm Publications in the National Archives - Great Lakes Region- Guide to Records in the National Archives - Great Lakes Region- Select List of Publications of the National Archives and Records Administration- Ordering Reproductions from the National Archives- Military Service Records in the National Archives of the United States- Using Records in the National Archives for Genealogical Research- Using Census Records- The National Archives Microfilm Rental Program- Microfilm Records that Pertain to Genealogy

*Information obtained from the "How-To" section of Family Tree Maker v. 4.4 for Windows 95


 The Allen Public Library Foundation

P. O. Box 2270

Fort Wayne, Indiana 46801-2270


   Social Security Administration

Office of Central Records Operations

300 N. Green Street

Baltimore, Maryland 21201


Bureau of Land Management Eastern States

7450 Boston Boulevard,

Springfield, Virginia 22153

Phone: (703) 440-1685





Last update December 28, 2007