Baraga County, Michigan Genealogy

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Baraga County

Guide to Baraga County, Michigan ancestry, family history, and genealogy birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.


Baraga County, Michigan
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Location of Michigan in the U.S.
Founded February 19, 1875
County Seat L'Anse
Address Baraga County Courthouse
16 North 3rd St.

L’Anse, MI 49946
Phone: (906) 524-6183
Baraga County Website

County Information


The County was named for Frederic Baraga. The County has L'Anse as its seat and the County was created February 19, 1875. The County is located in the northeast area of the state.[1]

Baraga County, Michigan Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1875 1875 1875 1820 1875 1876

County Courthouse

County Clerk has birth, marriage, divorce court
and land records from 1875 and burial records from 1950. [3]


Parent County

1875--Baraga County was created 19 February 1875 from Houghton County.
County seat: L' Anse [4]

Boundary Changes

For animated maps illustrating Michigan county boundary changes, "Rotating Formation Michigan County Boundary Maps" (1790-1897) may be viewed for free at the website.

Record Loss

There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.


Populated Places

  • City: none
  • Villages: Baraga | L’Anse
  • Townships: Arvon | Baraga | Covington | L’Anse | Spurr

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  • Communities: Alberta | Arnheim | Assinins | Aura | Bear Town | Covington | Herman | Huron Bay | Imperial Heights | Keweenaw Bay | Nestoria | Pelkie | Pequaming | Skanee | Three Lakes | Tioga | Tunis | Vermilac | Watton | Zeba

Neighboring Counties

Houghton  • Iron  • Marquette



Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county Family History Library
USGenWeb WorldCat Billion Graves
MIGenWeb Archives
Tombstone Project
Billion Graves
See Michigan Cemeteries for more information.

Michigan Cemetery Sources Search for cemeteries in Michigan by county and/or township.


State Census


Church records and the information they provide vary significantly depending on the denomination and the record keeper. They may contain information about members of the congregation, such as age, date of baptism, christening, or birth; marriage information and maiden names; and death date. For general information about Michigan denominations, view the Michigan Church Records wiki page.


Emigration and Immigration


Land and property records can place an ancestor in a particular location, provide economic information, and reveal family relationships. Land records include: deeds, abstracts and indexes, mortgages, leases, grants and land patents.

See Michigan Land and Property for additional information about early Michigan land grants. After land was transferred to private ownership, subsequent transactions were usually recorded at the county courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories

Local histories are available for Baraga County, Michigan Genealogy. County histories may include biographies, church, school and government history, and military information. For more information about local histories, see the wiki page section Michigan Local Histories.


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Civil War

Civil War service men from Baraga County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Baraga County.



Finding More Michigan Newspapers

Additional newspapers abstracts can sometimes be found using search phrases such as Baraga County, Michigan Genealogy newspapers in online catalogs like:



In most counties in Michigan, probate records have been kept by the county judge. They include wills, fee books, claim registers, legacy records, inheritance records, probate packets, and dockets. The records are available at the county courthouse.

The FamilySearch Catalog lists films of probate records. To find the records for this county, use the Place Search for Michigan, Baraga and search for Probate records in the list.

Note: Not every county in Michigan will have Probate Records in the FamilySearch Catalog.

Online Probate Records


Vital Records

See also How to order Michigan Vital Records

Baraga County Historical Museum

P.O. Box 567
Baraga, MI 49908

PHONE: (906) 353-8444 or (906) 353-6810

The Baraga County Historical Museum has a complete record of all BIRTHS, MARRIAGES, DEATHS, in Baraga County from 1875 to 1950s. For information prior to 1875, records of birth, marriages and deaths would be in the Houghton County files. The Museum also has a large photograph collection that may be copied for families searching for their roots.
The Museum also has the Strieter scrapbook which was Mrs. Strieter’s collection of photographs and newspaper clippings of all babies born in her birthing home. This book unfortunately has been badly vandalized and is not available to the general public for review; however, Museum volunteers will search it for you.


Societies and Libraries

Baraga County Historical Museum
PO Box 567
Baraga, Michigan 49908
Telephone: 906-353-8444

Anvon Township Historical Society
RR 1 Box 886
Skanee 49962

Laird Township Historical Society
RR 1 Box 59a
Pelkie 49958

Sturgeon Valley Historical Society
Hco1 Box 7
Pelkie 4995

Family History Centers

Family history centers provide one-on-one assistance and free access to premium genealogical websites. In addition, many centers have free how-to genealogy classes. See family history center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.



  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Baraga County, Michigan" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, ",_Michigan."
  2. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 369-384. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Baraga County, Michigan page 343, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).