Ottawa County Clerk's Office
Daniel C. Krueger, CCO, MCCO
Ottawa County Clerk
12220 Fillmore Street, Room 130
P.O. Box 296
West Olive, MI 49460
Phone: (616) 994-4531
FAX: (616) 994-4538
The County Clerk's Office is the keeper of Vital records, Circuit Court records, and Family Court Records. The County Clerk serves as the administrator of all county elections and, by law, serves as the Secretary to the Board of Commissioners and keeper of all official Board records. The Clerk's Office also provides services to the public. These services include but are not limited to: genealogical searches, informational over-the-counter assistance to those visiting the office, and telephone service. These areas may include giving assistance in locating various county offices and officers, instructions on the proper data required to obtain certificates and licenses, passports, Doing Business As (DBA), Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW), and Notaries.
Office Hours & Locations
The Ottawa County Clerk's office Vital Records department will be
closed on the following dates and times:
Genealogy Research Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am - 5pm
Identification Requirements: Drivers License
Certified Copy/Additional: $15.00/$3.00
Other Copy Fees: $.50 per page (photocopies); $1.00 per additional page (first copy of Military Discharge is free)
Space Allows for 3 to 4 genealogists at one time. Children are allowed.
Births: 1866 to present. Birth records are available only to 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: 1852-1910; Petition for Naturalization, 1907-1911; Declaration of Intention: 1910 to 1929. Original records have been given to State Archives. We have 35 mm microfilm, bur our microfilm machine only takes 16mm film at the present time.
Criminal Cases: 1859 to present
REGARDING VITAL RECORDS - 2008
Birth, Marriage and Death indexes are available to look at.
Birth records are open 110 years ago, if you can prove direct line, or can get a court order. If you find the name you want in the index, the clerk will check the record for you. You will need to have proof that you are a direct line to the person. You will need your birth certificate, your parents birth certificate, and if the lineage goes back that far, your grandparent's birth certificate. It would also help if you have the death certificate of the person for whom you are looking.
Marriage and Death records are available to look at over 75 years ago. For newer ones, the clerk will need to read you the information from the record.
Michigan County Clerk's Offices - For Death Certificates,
Transcriber: Evelyn M. Sawyer
Create: 15 April 2003
Contact County Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org