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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.


September 20, 2016 - A few more news briefs were added to the News Briefs of Big Rapids and Mecosta County. I like doing these, as I find that many times we will not find much of anything about ur ancestors other than thru the brevity columns and news briefs. Many times they include deaths and marriages that otherwise are not found.
September 20, 2016 - Added a few news briefs to the Old Mecosta County Jail listed under government.
September 20, 2016 - Added some very brief death notices between 1881 abd 1884 from the Big Rapids Current newspaper.
September 20, 2016 - Added lists for Millbrook Township Births, Burial Permits and Death Certificate information. Under Vital Records below.
September 24, 2016 - Added teachers from 1868-1882 for the Union School District, City of Big Rapids. You'll find it Big Rapids City Schools Index under schools of long ago. I've added the students in 7 classes that taught it in 1882, so there are several hundred listed. I need to do two more classes for Miss Rayell and Miss Price that I hope to get in the next few days.
September 25, 2016 - Miss Price and Miss Rayell's class were added to the 1882 Big Rapids City School index.
September 28, 2016 - Added a few clippings to Old Newspaper clippings. Two marriages, a death, accident and a burglary from 1870.
September 28, 2016 - 1910 Photo of the Borland Store near Stanwood - added to the business section.
September 28, 2016 - Added Quirk's Furniture to the business section.
September 28, 2016 - Added Robert Blakely Clothing and Gent's Furnishings to the business section
September 29, 2016 - Added to the Townships page - German Settlement in Wheatland Township and Mecosta Township Pioneers in 1860. Also found 3 marriages in the newspaper from September 27, 1882 - added to the old newspaper clippings page.
September 30, 2016 - Added some history of the Village Stanwood, which you will find under Mecosta Township on the Township page. Also added unclaimed letters from the Big Rapids Post Office, which you will find under the Government section.
October 1, 2016 - Added to the Townships pages - 1870's history from Big Rapids Newspapers - Millbrook Township History, Millbrook Township Businessmen, Village of Morley History, Colfax Township History, the Nameless Village of Fork Township and some history on the Village of Mecosta.
October 5, 2016 - An article on the town of Sylvester by A.J. Meryl Luxon, telling how the town wasn't what it used to be. Also added Old News brevities from October 14, 1885.

October 5, 2016 - I'm in hopes of getting to the local library in Big Rapids this week and see what information I can find from microfilm of the old newspapers. I haven't done that in quite some time. Not that I don't have enough to go through at home, but I continue to collect it. (smiles)
October 18, 2016 - A Robbery in Big Rapids. Listed under Old News in January 1890
December 9, 2016 - With the the holidays upcoming, I haven't had much time to do a lot with this website, but, I am periodically adding Pioneer Obit notices to the Vital Records page. These just include name, DOB, DOD and cemetery. Have probably added several hundred and have thousands more to go. I have about 75% of the actual obits and can give you more info if you need it.
December 21, 2016 - Added several hundred more obits.
December 29, 2016 - Another hundred or so obits added again to the Vital Records page. Hope to have most of them up for now by shortly after the first of the year and then go back to more materials that I have in other sections of the site.
December 29, 2016 - Wishing you a happy and safe New Year!!
January 7, 2017 - Loads more obits loaded this evening.

Index to Mecosta County Local History Page


Index to Surnames

Family Tales ...Bios from Mecosta County


Books of Interest for Mecosta County


Mecosta County Businesses & Business People- NEW!! -


Michigan Graveyards -

Mecosta County Cemeteries -

Mecosta County Cemeteries - Location Map


Census Index of pages


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


1918 - 1923 Mecosta County Farm Directory

1884 Mecosta Co. Rural Directory

1884 Big Rapids City Directory


First Village of Morley Election - 1870

New Supervisors Elected - 1871

1945 Mecosta Township Ballot


A Family Named Hand

Chloe Forward Davis Family Group Sheet - Contributed by Ivan Corbin

Chloe Forward Davis Individual Record - Contributed by Ivan Corbin


In the Woods - Featured Stories by Jim Wood


Funeral Home Listing

Mohnke Funeral Home


Genealogists and Researchers

Just Beginning Your Family Tree??

Information Exchange Corner

Genealogy Links

Where To Find It


Unclaimed Letters Big Rapids Post Office August 01, 1871- NEW!!

Big Rapids First Postmasters- NEW!! -

Old Mecosta Jail and brief history

1870 Petit Jury Drawn

1871 Petit Jury Drawn

New County Clerk Fee Schedule


Mecosta County Poor House, Stanwood

Big Rapids Mayors

Organization of Mecosta County

Mecosta County Early Days

Pioneers of Mecosta County


Mecosta County Genealogical Society


School Section Lake Old Settlers Monument - List of Negro Settlers


Mecosta County Land Patents

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


Phelps Free Library

Mecosta County Libraries & Resources-


Lookup Volunteers



Mecosta County Plat Maps

1879 Mecosta County Atlas

Map of Mecosta County


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


Annual Gathering of the Pioneers

Our Oldest County Patriachs

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.

Big Rapids Secret Societies



A few deaths from the Current Newspaper (1881-84)

News Briefs of Big Rapids & Mecosta County

1873 Local Occurances

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.


Negro settlers of Mecosta, Isabella, and Montcalm Counties.

Slater/Myers Family (Cotterman and Letts)


Mecosta County in Old Photos

Family Photo Album- NEW!! -


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


- 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 of Mecosta County


Deerfield Township Online

Fork Township Online

Hinton Township

Mecosta County Townships and the City of Big Rapids


- Millbrook Township Births - Incomplete

- Millbrook Township Burial Permits (Incomplete)

- Millbrook Township Death Certificates - Incomplete

- Mecosta Area Marriages - Found from random news articles

- 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


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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