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SURROUNDING COUNTIES


Mecosta County is bordered on the North by Osceola County, on the South by Montcalm County, on the West by Newaygo County, and on the East by Isabella County.



WHAT'S NEW!!


16 April 2016 - Sorry, I've been awhile at getting back to this, but, the weather has been decent and I've been out and about collecting more information and photographs for the site. I still have quite a bit on schools but I'm sure some of you would like to see a few other things that you may find informative. Plan to spend some time working up more information. If any of you have anything in particular that you would like to see, send me an email and I'll see what I can find.
16 April 2016 - Added a photo and a class list for the April 1913 Sophomore Class at Big Rapids High School. You'll find it under the Big Rapids Schools index.
16 April 2016 - 1914 Freshman Class Roster at Big Rapids High School. You'll find it under the Big Rapids Schools index.
16 April 2016 - Added 1948 Big Rapids High School Football photo and roster.
16 April 2016 - Added the Union School which was the beginning and evolution of Big Rapids High School
17 April 2016 - Added information on the Mohnke Funeral Home in Big Rapids. It's listed under funeral homes below.
17 April 2016 - Added Ekas School - Green Township to the Schools page.
17 April 2016 - Added the Donley School - Green Township into this new rural schools page
17 April 2016 - Added the Hinton Township Annual Statistical Report of June 1929 which shows the teacher in each district and their salary.
17 April 2016 - Added Sylvester School - Hinton Township. Unfortunately I don't have much on it, but I will continue to go through what I have and I am always collecting more on the schools.
20 April 2016 - Added a blurb on the Palmer School - Hinton Township
20 April 2016 - Moffitt School - Hinton Township added.
20 April 2016 - Tenny School - Green Township added.
20 April 2016 - 1899 Graduating Class - Big Rapids High School





Index to Mecosta County Local History Page


BIOGRAPHIES & FAMILY HISTORIES

Index to Surnames

Family Tales ...Bios from Mecosta County

BOOKS

Books of Interest for Mecosta County

BUSINESS PEOPLE OF MECOSTA COUNTY

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CEMETERIES

Michigan Graveyards -

Mecosta County Cemeteries -

Mecosta County Cemeteries - Location Map

CENSUS

1890 Census Enumerators for the County

1880 Mecosta Co. Poor House Census

1900 Mecosta Co. Poor House Census

1910 Mecosta Co. Poor House Census

1920 Mecosta Co. Poor House Census

1930 Mecosta Co. Poor House Census

Search Census Online with your MI Drivers License

1870 Partial Big Rapids

1860 Mecosta County Census - Page 1 -

1860 Mecosta County Census - Page 2 -

1880 Census Extracts

CHURCHES

Westminster Presbyterian Church of Big Rapids History

History of the Catholic Church of Big Rapids

Stanwood-Higbee Methodist Church Pastors - 1886-1974

Big Rapids Congregational Church in the News

Churches of Mecosta County

DIRECTORIES

1918 - 1923 Mecosta County Farm Directory

1884 Mecosta Co. Rural Directory

1884 Big Rapids City Directory

ELECTIONS

First Village of Morley Election - 1870

New Supervisors Elected - 1871

1945 Mecosta Township Ballot

FAMILY STORIES

A Family Named Hand

Chloe Forward Davis Family Group Sheet - Contributed by Ivan Corbin

Chloe Forward Davis Individual Record - Contributed by Ivan Corbin

FEATURES

In the Woods - Featured Stories by Jim Wood

FUNERAL HOMES

Funeral Home Listing

Mohnke Funeral Home

GENEALOGY HELP

Genealogists and Researchers

Just Beginning Your Family Tree??

Information Exchange Corner

Genealogy Links

Where To Find It

GOVERNMENT

1870 Petit Jury Drawn

1871 Petit Jury Drawn

New County Clerk Fee Schedule

HISTORY

Mecosta County Poor House, Stanwood

Big Rapids Mayors

Organization of Mecosta County

Mecosta County Early Days

Pioneers of Mecosta County

HISTORICAL, GENEALOGICAL and Other SOCIETIES

Mecosta County Genealogical Society

HISTORICAL MONUMENTS

School Section Lake Old Settlers Monument - List of Negro Settlers

LAND RECORDS

Mecosta County Land Patents

1879 - Every Name Index - Fork Township Plat Book - Contributed by Tom Bennett

LIBRARIES

Mecosta County Libraries & Resources

LOOKUP VOLUNTEERS

Lookup Volunteers

MAILING LISTS

MAPS

Mecosta County Plat Maps

1879 Mecosta County Atlas

Map of Mecosta County

MILITARY

Civil War Honor Roll

Civil War Soldiers of Mecosta Co., as compiled by James Wood-

Korean War Casualties-

Mecosta County Pension Records - 1883-

Mecosta County in the Civil War

Mecosta County in the Spanish American War

Civil War Soldiers of Mecosta County

Veteran Ancestor Registry

MISCELLANEOUS

Big Rapids Boosters - Some of the Citizens Who Make the City what it is and What it is Not

History of the Medical Profession in Mecosta County

Story of the Four Drive Tractor and Inventor J. H. Fitch

1895 Mecosta County Hunting Licenses

1873 Dog Licenses and Owners

Hard on Musk Rat Catchers - Three Millbrook and two Remus men arrested and fined.

NATURALIZATION & PROBATE

NEWSPAPERS

Obituary Indices for Surnames A - Z Online.

Disorderlies & Wife Whipping

Borland Sensation - Double Tragedy - Murder/Suicide

Pioneer Magnet News from the late 1800's

Pioneer Magnet News from the late 1800's - Page 2

Pioneer Newspaper Obits

Traverse City Train Wreck Involving a Big Rapids Man - Guy Sheneman

Pioneer Group Newspaper

Old Newspaper Clippings

Old Newspapers Available on microfilm from Libraries.

OLD SETTLERS

Negro settlers of Mecosta, Isabella, and Montcalm Counties.

Slater/Myers Family (Cotterman and Letts)

PHOTO ALBUMS

Mecosta County in Old Photos

Family Photo Album- NEW!! -

PIONEERS

Charlie Gay - Founder of the Pioneer Newspaper- NEW!! -

SCHOOLS

- Mecosta Schools Long Ago - City/Village/Rural

Autograph Book of Sarah Vollwiler Townsend

Mecosta County Schools of early 1900's

Barryton Yearbook Signatures

Ferris State University

SURNAMES

Surnames of Mecosta County

TOWNSHIPS - CITIES

Deerfield Township Online

Fork Township Online

Hinton Township

Mecosta County Townships and the City of Big Rapids

VITAL RECORDS - BIRTHS, DEATH, MARRIAGES, OBITUARIES

- Page of random obituaries contributed.

1873 Mecosta County Deaths- Contributed by Pat McArthur

Obituary Indices for Surnames A - Z Online.

Marriage Announcements from the Pioneer News

1938 Deaths from the Pioneer News

1939 Deaths from the Pioneer News

Mecosta County Vital Records

Michigan Marriages - Dibean Collection of all the Counties

Mecosta County Obituaries Submitted by Family Members

Seeking Michigan Website for Death Certificates Slow, but worth the time

OFF SITE LINKS

Genealogical Death Index (Gendis)

Detroit Society of Genealogical Research, Inc.

Western Michigan Genealogy Society Databases

    (Contains Kent County Obits - Many in this area used Kent Co. Hospitals)

TheUSGenWeb Project

World Genealogy Web Project

Michigan Specific USGenWeb Search Engine





Thank you to Merryann Palmer and Monica Erickson for Getting Mecosta County Started!

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