Vital Records

What are Vital Records?  Vital records are records of life events kept under governmental authority, including birth certificates, marriage licenses (or marriage certificates), separation agreements, divorce certificates and death certificates.  In some jurisdictions vital records may include records of civil unions or domestic partnerships.  Herrick District Library has some vital records, mostly for Ottawa and Allegan counties.  There are some records also for other counties, but not as many.  In Michigan you can look for Vital Records at your county clerk's office.  Some are available to view, some are not.  Birth Certificates have more restrictions than Marriage or Death Certificates.  To see a list what information Herrick has for births, deaths, and marriages in various Michigan counties, see below.    

If you are looking for Michigan death records a good website to search is  They host death records from the microfilm collections at the Library of Michigan and the Vital Records Office of the Department of Health and Human Services.  Images of death certificates are available for records older than seventy-five years old. Other websites contain great information, too.

Here are the vital records available at the Herrick District Library.




  • Written Document

             47 Marriages in Allegan County Michigan 1837-1873.  Contributed by Mrs. C.A. Monteith, Martin, MI 

                       Archive Area Folder 977.414 Allegan County Marriages