Genealogy is the study of ancestors. At the County Clerk's Office one can research family history or family ties through the birth, death, marriage and military documents.
When submitting written requests, please include the name(s) of the individual(s) and the date of the event. If the date is unknown, please supply an approximate date. We will search a 5 year window. Please allow 3-4 weeks for us to complete your search.
Birth Certificates are available 1867 to present. Anyone may obtain a copy of a birth record more than 100 years old. If the desired record is less than 100 years old and the individual is deceased, an heir may obtain it by providing a copy of the death certificate. Birth indexes are not open to the public.
Anyone can purchase a death or marriage certificate. Death Certificates are available 1867 to present and Marriage Certificates are 1845 to present.
Divorce records are kept at:
Circuit Court Clerk's Office
180 Ottawa NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone: (616) 632-5480
Some divorce records prior to 1918 are located at:
Western Michigan University Archives and Regional
East Hall Room 111
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Phone: (616) 387-8490 or (616) 387-3995
Adopted persons searching for their original birth record should contact:
Central Adoption Registry
Family Independence Agency
PO Box 30037
Lansing, MI 48909
State Archives of Michigan has the naturalization/citizenship records for Kent County for 1860 - 1929.
State of Michigan Vital Records - The State of Michigan vital records office has records of births, deaths, and marriages that occurred in Michigan and were filed with the state as early as 1867, and divorce records as early as 1897. You can order a record online, print an application to order by mail or to change a record.
U.S. GenWeb Project Kent County - U.S. Genealogy Web Project Kent County Site. This is a volunteer effort county by county through-out the U.S.
Western Michigan Genealogical Society - Searchable databases including obituary indexes from the Grand Rapids Press and Grand Rapids Herald.
Michigan County Clerks Directory - Contact information for vital records from other Michigan counties.
GENDIS (Genealogical Death Indexing System) - Taken from microfilmed records transcribed by genealogists from Michigan's local genealogical societies, this searchable database contains (as of August 1999) information on 150,000 Michigan death records from 1867-1884, with more records being added regularly.
County Administration Building
300 Monroe Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2288
Mon-Fri: 8:00am - 4:45pm
Phone: (616) 632-7640
Fax: (616) 632-7645
Lisa Posthumus Lyons
Robert J. Macomber
Chief Deputy County Clerk