General County Information

Oceana County is located in West Central Michigan, on the Lake Michigan coast and was formed in 1831 from Ottawa County. The county seat is Hart. Other communities include Crystal Valley, Ferry, Hesperia, Mears, New Era, Pentwater, Rothbury, Shelby, Stony Lake, and Walkerville.
Bordering counties are Mason, Newaygo, and Muskegon.


The County Clerk holds the birth and marriage records from 1867 and death records from 1868.
The Civil Court Clerk has divorce and civil court records; while the Probate Court holds the probate records, and the Register of Deeds holds the land records.


They can be contacted via US Mail at:

Oceana County Clerk,
PO Box 153,
Hart MI 49420.

Oceana County Historical and Genealogical Society

The Oceana County Historical and Genealogical Society provides research assistance to genealogists with ancestors in Oceana County. They have published many resources, such as census and cemetery indexes. Some of these publications are listed on the Research Sources and Lookup Volunteers webpage.

The Society can be contacted at:

Oceana County Historical and Genealogical Society,
114 Dryden Street,
Hart MI 49420



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