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

County Facts
County seat: West Branch
Organized: 27 April 1875
Parent County(s): Unorganized Territory
Neighboring Counties
Alcona  • Arenac  • Crawford  • Gladwin  • Iosco  • Oscoda  • Roscommon
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Courthouse
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Location Map
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County Information

Description

The County was named for an Anglicization of the Anishinaabemowin word ogimaa, meaning "chief". The County is located in the northeast area of the state.[1]

County Courthouse

Ogemaw County Courthouse
806 W Houghton Ave.
West Branch, MI 48661
Phone: 517-345-0215
Ogemaw County Website

County Clerk has birth records from 1879, marriage records from 1887, death records from 1876, divorce and court records from 1902, naturalization records from 1876 and military records from 1919.
Probate Court has probate records from 1873.
Register of Deeds has land records from 1860. [2]

Ogemaw County, Michigan Record Dates

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[3]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1879 1887 1876 1902 1860 1873 1820
*Statewide registration started in 1867 for births and deaths. General compliance by 1915.

Record Loss

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

Boundary Changes

Populated Places

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:[5]

Cities
Villages
Census-designated places
Townships


History Timeline

Resources

Bible Records

Biographies

Business, Commerce, and Occupations

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Ogemaw 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

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1870 12
1880 1,914 15850.0%
1890 5,583 191.7%
1900 7,765 39.1%
1910 8,907 14.7%
1920 7,786 −12.6%
1930 6,595 −15.3%
1940 8,720 32.2%
1950 9,345 7.2%
1960 9,680 3.6%
1970 11,903 23.0%
1980 16,436 38.1%
1990 18,681 13.7%
2000 21,645 15.9%
2010 21,699 0.2%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".


State Census

Church Records

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

Directories

Emigration and Immigration

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups

Funeral Homes

Genealogies

Guardianship

Land and Property Records

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 Ogemaw County courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Ogemaw 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

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Migration

Military Records

Civil War

Online Indexes and Records

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship

Newspapers

Obituaries

Other Records

Periodicals

Probate Records

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

Social Security Records

Tax Records

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

  • 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

Marriage

Death

Divorce

Research Facilities

Archives

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

Family History Centers

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 Affiliate Libraries

Libraries

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

  • Ogemaw District Library
    107 Main Street
    Rose City, MI 48654
    website
    The library has a family research room that is open on Mondays 11:00am-7:00pm

Museums

  • Ogemaw County Genealogical and Historical Society/Museum
    135 S. 2nd Street
    PO Box 734
    West Branch, MI 48661
    Phone: 989-701-2525
    Website
    Facebook

Societies

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

  • Rose City Area Historical Society
    P.O.Box 736
    Rose City, MI 48654
    Facebook
  • Ogemaw County Genealogical and Historical Society/Museum
    135 S. 2nd Street
    PO Box 734
    West Branch, MI 48661
    Phone: 989-701-2525
    Website
    Facebook

Websites

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  • USGenWeb project. May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
  • Ogemaw 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

References

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Ogemaw County, Michigan" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Michigan.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  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. Wikipedia contributors, "Ogemaw County, Michigan," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia accessed 08 November 2019.