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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.


04 July 2016 - Added 50 more obits notices to Vital Records - Pioneer Newspaper.
17 July 2016 - Added a 1905 School Directory for Big Rapids City Schools. You'll find it under schools/Big Rapids City/Big Rapids index.
17 July 2016 - Added Secret Societies of Big Rapids. You'll find it under the miscellaneous category.
17 July 2016 - Added ten more obit notices under Vital records - Pioneer Newspapers.
18 July 2016 - Added Big Rapids City Laundry. Peterson Proprietors. Listed under Businesses of Mecosta Co.
19 July 2016 - Added numerous students to the Green School in Aetna Township. You'll find it under Mecosta Schools Long Ago - City/Village/Rural
19 July 2016 - The Northern Hotel added under Businesses of Mecosta Co.
19 July 2016 - Added Our Oldest County Patriarchs
21 July 2016 - Full year 1873 brief recapitulation of Local Occurances. Good size page that includes some deaths, marriages, homes burned out etc. I find these newspaper blurbs as one of the best places to find things on your ancestors. You'll find the link down below under newspapers.
July 22 2016 - 1907-1908 Saloons of Big Rapids plus some newspaper blurbs.
July 22 2016 - Added a Class picture and student names the Martiny School of 1909. You'll find it under Mecosta Long Ago under the Martiny Township index.
July 23 2016 - added Burden Lake School, Austin Township under Old Schools of long ago.
July 23 2016 - added numerous clippings to the Old News from the Pioneer Newspaper.
July 23 2016 - Added photos of George F. Fairman Drug Store. Listed under Businesses.
July 23 2016 - Added Ladner & Morton Clothing Store. Listed under businesses.
July 24 2016 - Added a photo and a brief history of the Old Mecosta County Jail. Listed under Government below.
July 25 2016 - Added the Hangstaffer Meat Market under businesses.
July 25 2016 - Added Frank H. Lange owner of Merchant Tailoring under businesses.
July 25 2016 - Have been adding obits every day, mostly under Vital Records Notices from the Pioneer Newspapers, but some are added under the obit columns that I have.
July 25 2016 - Added a photo of the Fairman Block listed under the Fairman Block under businesses. Ground floor occupied by New York Racket Store, W.P. Almroth, George F. Fairman, Stillwell Bazaar, Ladner & Morton, Dr. W.T. Dodge and the Big Rapids Board of Trade.
July 25 2016 - Added 1927 Normal School Class Reunion. Find it under Big Rapid City School index under Schools of long ago.
August 3, 2016 - 1912 - Teachers of 38 years ago. Listed under schools - Big Rapids City
August 3, 2016 - Added the Bulletin and Herald Newspapers under Businesses
August 5, 2016 - Added A.R. Morehouse to businesses.
August 6, 2016 - Added Joseph O'Laughlin Grocery to businesses
August 7, 2016 - Added Morris & Crane Mercantile business.
August 10, 2016 - Added the Annual Royal Gathering of the Pioneers under Misc. below. This tells of the festivities and pioneers who attended. I took the liberty of doing a close alpha order of them since there were several hundred of them.
August 10, 2016 - Added Remus in the news from 1937. You'll find it under Townships, below Wheatland Township.

Index to Mecosta County Local History Page


Index to Surnames

Family Tales ...Bios from Mecosta County


Books of Interest for Mecosta County


Morris & Crane Mercantile Business- NEW!! -

Joseph O'Laughlin Grocery- NEW!! -

A.R. Morehouse Grocery- NEW!! -

Bulletin and Herald Newspaper Business- NEW!! -

Fairman Block - Pics of several businesses- NEW!! -

Frank H. Lange - Merchant Tailoring- NEW!! -

Hangstafer Meat Market- NEW!! -

Ladner & Morton Clothing Store- NEW!! -

1906 - George F. Fairman Drug Store.- NEW!! -

1907-1908 Saloons of Big Rapids- NEW!! -

Big Rapids City Laundry- NEW!! -

The Northern Hotel- NEW!! -


Michigan Graveyards -

Mecosta County Cemeteries -

Mecosta County Cemeteries - Location Map


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


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


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


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



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


- 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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