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Houghton County, Michigan Genealogy

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''{{breadcrumb| link1=[[United StatesGenealogy|United States]] | link2= [[Image:Gotoarrow.pngMichigan Genealogy|Michigan]] | link3=| link4=| link5=[[Houghton County, MichiganGenealogy|Houghton County]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Houghton County''' }}
Guide to '''Houghton County, Michigan ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records. {{MIDCClick|Image:MI_ORP.png|Michigan Online Genealogy Records}} {{Infobox U.S. County | county = Houghton County | county_map = | state = Michigan| state_map = Michigan.png | latd = | longd = | founded year = 1845| founded date = March 19| seat = Houghton | building image = Houghton County Michigan Courthouse.jpg| building address = '''Houghton County Courthouse'''<br>401 E Houghton Avenue<br>Houghton, MI 49931<br>Phone: 906-482-1150 <br> [http://www.houghtoncounty.net/ Houghton County Website] }}  === County Information === ==== Description ====  The County was named for Douglass Houghton. The County has Houghton as its seat and the County was created 1846. The County is located in the northwest area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Houghton County, Michigan" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houghton_County,_Michigan."</ref> ====Houghton County, Michigan Record Dates==== {| cellspacing="1" cellpadding="1" border="1"|-| bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="7" | <center>'''Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Houghton County, Michigan . Page 343-351 {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}; Alice Eichholz, ed. Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources, Third ed. (Provo, Utah: Ancestry, 2004), 346-349.</ref></center>|-| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Houghton County, Michigan Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Houghton County, Michigan Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Houghton County, Michigan Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Houghton County, Michigan Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Houghton County, Michigan Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Houghton County, Michigan Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Houghton County, Michigan Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''|-| width="14.2%" align="center" |1867 | width="14.2%" align="center" |1855| width="14.2%" align="center" |1867| width="14.2%" align="center" |1853| width="14.2%" align="center" |1847| width="14.2%" align="center" |1872| width="14.2%" align="center" |1820|-| colspan="7"| <center>Statewide registration started in 1867 for births and deaths. General compliance by 1915.</center>|}
== County Courthouse ==
[[Image:Houghton County Michigan Courthouse.jpg|thumb|right|200px|Houghton County Michigan Courthouse.jpg]]
<br>[http://www.houghtoncounty.net/ '''Houghton County Courthouse''']<br>401 E Houghton Avedirectory-clerk.<br>Houghton, MI 49931<br>Phone: (906) 482-1150 <br><br>php County Clerk ] has birth and&nbsp;death records from 1867, <br>marriage records from 1855, divorce and court records<br> from 1853, land records from 1847, naturalization records<br> from 1848 and military records. <br>[http://www.houghtoncounty.net/directory-probate-family-court.php Probate Judge ] has probate records. <ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Houghton County, Michigan page 346, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
== History ==
==== Parent County ====
'''1845--'''Houghton County was created 19 March 1845&nbsp;from [[Marquette County, MichiganGenealogy|Marquette]] and [[Ontonagon County, MichiganGenealogy|Ontonagon]] Counties. It was attached to Chippewa County prior to organization 18 May 1846.&nbsp; '''County seat:''' Houghton <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
==== Boundary Changes ====
 
For animated maps illustrating Michigan county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/michigan/ "Rotating Formation Michigan County Boundary Maps"] (1790-1897) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
==== Record Loss ====
 
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
== Places/Localities ==
==== Neighboring Counties ====
*[[Baraga County, MichiganGenealogy|Baraga]] *{{•}} [[Iron County, MichiganGenealogy|Iron]] *{{•}} [[Keweenaw County, MichiganGenealogy|Keweenaw]] *{{•}} [[Ontonagon County, MichiganGenealogy|Ontonagon]]
== Resources ==
 
A Guide to Genealogical Resources and researching their special collections may be viewed at [http://www.lib.mtu.edu/mtuarchives/GenealogicalSources.pdf MTU Archives]. Perhaps the most interesting item in the collection are the employment records of now defunct mining companies that give names, birth date and place of birth and the names, ages of children and also extended family employed worked for the mining companies from 1880 to 1920. This is especially valuable since the majority of the miners were immigrants from Europe. Please read the guide carefully for the resources that will help you 'cross the pond'.
==== Cemeteries ====
 
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/memorial Findagrave.com]
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|452615|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Michigan/Houghton-County?id=county_1257 Findagrave.com]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.mfhn.com/houghton/cemeteries.asp USGenWeb]
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Houghton+Michigan&qt=results_page WorldCat]
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwarchives.net/mi/houghton/3101cemeteries.htm MIGenWeb Archives]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/michigan/houghton.htm Tombstone Project]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.epodunk.com/cgi-bin/localList.php?local=21870&locTGroup=Cemeteries&direction=down&sec=0&qty=20&stateAbbv=&stateName= EPodunk]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3" | See [[Michigan Cemeteries| Michigan Cemeteries]] for more information.
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==== Census ====
''' State Census'''
*'''1894''' - {{RecordSearch|1825187|Michigan State Census, 1894}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
==== Church ====
 
{{MI Church Intro}}
*'''1819-1991''' - {{RecordSearch|2787825|Michigan, Church Records, 1819-1991}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
==== Court ====
==== Emigration and Immigration ====
*'''1929-1966''' {{RecordSearch|2426314|Michigan, Crew Lists for various ports, 1929-1966}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
==== Land ====
 
{{MI Land Intro}}
==== Local Histories ====
 
{{MI History Intro}}
*''History of Ingham and Eaton Counties Michigan''. By Samuel W. Durant. 1880. Philadelphia : D.W. Ensign & Co. Online at: [https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/001265170 Hathitrust]; [https://archive.org/details/historyofinghame00indura/page/n8 Internet Archive]; [https://books.google.com/books?id=eoz2jflPnDMC&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false Google Books]; [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/genealogy-glh20141698/ Ancestry ($)]
==== Maps ====
{{MI Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{MI Houghton County}}}}
*[http://www.mapofus.org/michigan/ Maps of Michigan (1790-1897)]
==== Military ====
 
===== Civil War =====
 
*{{RecordSearch|3246416|Michigan, Civil War Centennial Observance Commission, Committee on Civil War Grave Registration, Burial Records}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
 
===== World War I =====
 
*'''1917-1919''' - {{RecordSearch|3007553|Michigan, Census of World War I Veterans with Card Index, 1917-1919}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
==== Newspapers ====
 
{{MI Newspaper abstracts|Houghton}}
 
==== Obituaries ====
 
*'''1820-2006''' - {{RecordSearch|2215693|Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
==== Probate ====
 
{{MI Probate Intro|Houghton}}
 
'''Online Probate Records'''
 
*'''1784–1980''' [http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8793 Michigan Wills and Probate Records 1784-1980] at [http://home.ancestry.com/ Ancestry] — index and images $
*'''1797–1973''' {{RecordSearch|2013878|Michigan Probate Records 1797-1973}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
==== Taxation ====
==== Vital Records ====
{{MI Vital Intro}} *[http://www.genealogyinc.com/michigan/mi-vital-records/ How to order Michigan Vital Records] =====Birth=====*'''1867-1917''' - {{RecordSearch|1923472|Michigan Birth Registrations, County Births, 1867-1917}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images*'''1867-1902'''&nbsp;-- Free name indexes and images at [https://www.familysearch.org/#psearch/collection/1459684 Michigan Birth Registrations, 1867-1902] — index and images =====Marriage===collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1459684 FamilySearch]*'''1585-1945''' - [https://search.findmypast. Records include such information as name of child, birthdate and place, if stillcom/search-world-records/united-states-bornmarriages?state=michigan%2cmi Michigan, illegitimate or twin, gender, race and record numberUnited States Marriages] at [http://findmypast. com/ FindMyPast] — index $*'''Michigan Marriage Registrations, 18681820-19251937''' -{{RecordSearch|2473289|Michigan, County Marriages Index, 1820- Free name indexes 1937}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1452395 search FamilySearch]. &nbsp;Records include such information as names of bride and groom, date of license, ages, race, residences, birthplaces, occupations and names of the fathers of the bride and groom. — index*'''Michigan Death Registrations, 18671820-18971940'''-{{RecordSearch|1810350|Michigan, County Marriages, 1820-&nbsp;Free name indexes and images&nbsp;1940}} at&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1452402 search FamilySearch]— index and images*'''1868-1925''' - [https://familysearch. &nbsp;&nbsp;Records include such information as name of deceasedorg/search/collection/1452395 Michigan Marriage Registrations, date 1868-1925] — index and place of death, gender, color, marital status, age in years, months and days, disease or apparent cause of death, birthplace, names and occupations of parents, and the date the record was made.images
=====Death=====*'''1850-1880''' - {{RecordSearch|2632078|Michigan Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images*'''1867-1897''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1452402 Michigan Death Registrations, 1867-1897] — index and images*'''1897-1920''' - [http://seekingmichigan.org/discover/death-records-1897-1920 Michigan Death Records, 1897-1920] -- Free index and images of death certificates located at the Michigan State Archives website (SeekingMichigan.org)*'''1921-1952''' - [http://seekingmichigan.org/discover/death-records-1921-1952 Michigan Death Records, 1921-1952] -- Free index and images of death certificates for 1921-1941 located at the Michigan State Archives website (SeekingMichigan.org). Free index only for death records from 1942-1952. == Societies and Libraries == *'''Houghton County Historical Society'''<br>53102 Hwy M-26<br>PO Box 127<br>Lake Linden, MI 49945<br>[http://www.houghtonhistory.org/ Website]*'''Houghton-Keweenaw County Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 72<br>Houghton, MI 49931<br>Email: [mailto:HKCGSociety@gmail.com HKCGSociety@gmail.com]*'''J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library'''<br>Michigan Technological University<br>Houghton, MI 49931<br>Phone: 906-487-2505<br>Fax: 906-487-2357<br>Email: [mailto:copper@mtu.edu copper@mtu.edu]<br>[http://www.mtu.edu/library/ Website]
==== Family History Centers ====
{{Family History Centers Intro}}  *[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]  *[[Houghton Michigan Family History Center]]47691 Meadow St, Houghton, MI 47691 United States
== Web Sites Websites ==
*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/117010845362856133445 Michigan Genealogy Network Community on Google+] *[https://www.facebook.com/groups/241315555879711/ Michigan Genealogy Network Group on Facebook] *[http://www.mfhn.com/houghton/ USGenWeb project. ] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Select the state, then the county. *{{FHL|Michigan%2C+Houghton|subject|disp=Family History Library FamilySearch Catalog}}*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/MI/Houghton-County.htm Houghton County MI Genealogy] (ldsgenealogy.com) *[http://habitant.org/houghton/fcgenealogy.htm French-Canadians in Houghton<br>]
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