Vital Records Division

Genealogy

Genealogy is a fascinating subject for experts and hobbyists alike. Tracing one’s family roots and ancestry can be enriching and fun. Genealogical records including death and marriage records are a source of significant information for those seeking their lineage and are a matter of public record. Ottawa County has electronically archived death records dating back to 1867 and marriage records from 1905 to the present. These electronic files are available at a computer portal located at the Ottawa County Clerk's Office: 12220 Fillmore Street, West Olive. There is no fee to use this self-service station; however, we do charge $15 for certified copies of these records. Genealogists and members of the public may search these records during our normal business hours.

Requesting a Genealogical Search

  • By Mail
    • Complete the Application for Genealogical Search (PDF). Use only one form per search.
    • There will be a $15 (non-refundable) search for 5 years prior and after requested date sent. You will receive one certified copy of the first matching record. Additional certified copies requested the same day are $6 each. Cash, check, money order or Visa, MasterCard or Discover are acceptable as payment.
    • Mail completed application and the appropriate fee, payable to:

      Ottawa County Clerk
      12220 Fillmore Street, Room 130
      P.O. Box 296
      West Olive, MI 49460
  • Online
  • By Fax
    • Complete the Application for Genealogical Search (PDF). Use only one form per search.
    • There will be a $15 (non-refundable) search for 5 years prior and after requested date sent. You will receive one certified copy of the first matching record. Additional certified copies requested the same day are $6 each. Visa, MasterCard or Discover are acceptable as the only payment by fax.
    • Applications may be faxed to (616) 994-4538.

Additional Genealogical Search Information:

CONTACT US

Justin Roebuck

  • Justin F. Roebuck
    County Clerk/
    Register of Deeds
  • Sherri Sayles
    Chief Deputy Clerk

Main Office

  • 12220 Fillmore Street
    Room 130
    West Olive, MI 49460
  • Phone: (616) 994-4531
    FAX: (616) 994-4538
  • Monday - Friday:
    8:00am - 5:00pm*

Other Locations

Grand Haven

414 Washington Ave, Rm 320
Grand Haven, MI 49417
Phone: (616) 846-8310
Fax: (616) 846-8138
Fax Filing: (616) 846-8147
Monday - Friday:
8am-5pm

Holland
12251 James Street
Holland, MI 49424
Phone: (616) 494-5566
Fax: (616) 494-5495
Monday - Friday:
8am-11:30am & 12:30-5pm*

Hudsonville
3100 Port Sheldon Road
Hudsonville, MI 49426
Phone: (616) 662-6085
Tuesday: 8:00am-12:00pm*

*Holiday Schedule

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