Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Ionia County Clerk’s Office has an area set aside for our genealogists! We welcome you to our office to review and search a number of books at your leisure. Due to limited space, we only allow two (2) people at a time in the genealogy area. You may call ahead and reserve the table by calling 616-527-5322. The Clerk reserves the right to limit genealogy hours based upon staffing and the court docket.
Due to the physical condition of the vital records, the Ionia County Clerk’s Office prohibits the direct review of all vital records (MCL 33.2895, Administrative Rule R325.3234, Subrule 4).
Only certified copies of records can be purchased. A certified copy of a birth, death or marriage record is $10 for the first copy and $5 for each additional copy of the same record.
- The birth and death records/certificates on file in the Ionia County Clerk’s Office go back as far as 1867
- The marriage records on file in the Ionia County Clerk’s Office go back as far as 1837
Verifications of Records/Information
The County Clerk’s Office will verify information from two (2) records for you at no charge. For more than two (2) verifications:
- Researchers must complete a Record Request form:
- Each item verified will be $2
- The verifications will be processed in 1-2 days and any requested records and/or verifications will be mailed to the return address listed on the request form
Genealogy Requests by Mail
To request copies of vital records (marriage, death and birth) for genealogy purposes:
- Submit a Vital Records Request Form.
- A check/money order made payable to: Ionia County Clerk
- A self-addressed, postage paid envelope for the return of requested documents
- Send the request form, check/money order and self-addressed envelope to: Ionia County Clerk’s Office, 100 W. Main Street, Ionia, MI 48846
- Mail requests are processed in 1-2 days
- If you wish to pay for the records by credit/debit card, see instructions below. If payment is made by a credit/debit card, please indicate this on the Request for Vital Records form.
How to Pay Online
- Go to GovPay
- Enter your name
- For Type of Fee, select Copy Fee
- Enter payment amount ($11 for the first copy and $5 for each additional copy)
- Fill out payment information and click Process Payment