Alger County, Michigan Genealogy

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County Courthouse

Alger County Courthouse
101 Court St.
Munising, MI 49862 
Phone: (906) 387-2076


Parent County

1885--Alger County was created 17 March 1885 from Schoolcraft County.
County seat:  Munising [1]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




Available at Munising School Public Library 810 State Hwy. M-28 West, Ste. A
Munising, MI 49862 *United States Census: Schoolcraft County 1850-1910 *Alger County 1900-1920; Territory 1820-1840 *Michigan Indian Census: *Bay Mills [Chippewa] Great Lakes 1935-1937 *Great Lakes [Chippewa & Potawatomi] 1938-1940




Local Histories




Available at Munising School Public Library
810 State Hwy. M-28 West, Ste. A
Munising, MI 49862

  • Munising News 1896-current
  • Munising Republican, 1892-1902
  • Cloverland Farmer 1915-1923
  • Sunday Morning Star, 1890-1891
  • Weekly Tribune, June-Dec 1893
  • Manistique Courier 1896-1899
  • Schoolcraft County Pioneer, 1880-1896
  • Semi-Weekly Pioneer, 1886-1888
  • Manistique Tri-Weekly Pioneer, 1888-1892
  • Tri-Weekly Pioneer 1892-1894
  • Semi-weekly Pioneer, 1894-1895
  • Manistique Tribune 1896-1899
  • Grand Marais Pilot and Pictured Rocks Review 1971-1974
  • Alger County Republican 1888-1903
  • Alger County Independent, 1938-1940
  • Wrights Weekly, 1924-1928
  • Lake Superior Breeze, 1906-1907
  • Lake Superior Pilot, 1901
  • Grand Marais Gazette, 1994-2004
  • Grand Marais Herald, 1895-1910



Munising School Public Library
810 State Hwy. M-28 West, Ste. A
Munising, MI 49862

  • Munising High School Yearbooks & Senior Photos


Vital Records

  • Michigan Birth Registrations, 1867-1902 -- Free name indexes and images at FamilySearch - Pilot. Records include such information as name of child, birthdate and place, if still-born, illegitimate or twin, gender, race and record number.
  • Michigan Marriage Registrations, 1868-1925 -- Free name indexes at FamilySearch - Pilot.  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.
  • Michigan Death Registrations, 1867-1897  Free name indexes and images at FamilySearch - Pilot.   Records include such information as name of deceased, date 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.

Societies and Libraries

Alger County Historical Society
P.O. Box 201
Munising, MI 49862

This website provides online searchable databases for Alger County cemetery, census, and marriage records.

Grand Marais Historical Society
P.O. Box 179
Grand Marais, MI 49839

Web Sites


  1. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).