Alpena Michigan Family History Center

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FamilySearch This article describes the services and resources available at a Family History Center, a branch facility of the Family History Library.
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The mission of the Alpena Family History Center is to bring families together, to assist and promote family history research. The Center serves all of Northeast MI with genealogical resources. This includes counties Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, and Montmorency County. A quiet space for serious genealogist and beginners alike. Two volunteers staff the Center,  a member of The Northeast MI Genealogical Society and a Church member offering  a great deal of experience in the fields of History and Genealogy. Individual help is available please call ahead to make an arrangement.

Center Contacts and Hours

Location & Map:

  • Address: 411 Long Rapids Plaza Road Alpena, Michigan 49707  ( Next to Alpena Orthopedics)
  • Location on Map

Phone: 989-358-9809

Open Hours

  • Tues & Wed: 10am- 3pm

Holiday Schedule:

  • Closed Holidays as well as the preceeding and day following the event
  • Closed between Christmas and New Years,
  • Closed July 1-15 

Calendar and Events:  Staff member RoseMarie  will introduce the newest software of the Church

" Family Tree" to  the Northeast Michigan Genealogical Society  on January 17th, 7pm at the Church  facility at 411 Long Rapids Plaza.The public is welcome.


  • A Professional genelogist is available twice monthly. Call for an appointment.
  • Ella has a specialty in Michigan research.
  • RoseMarie specializes in Polish/German research, but can assist you in other foreign research quest.
  • Bob has experience in New England, English, FrenchCandian research.


  • Family History Library Catalog: This center has the ability to assist patrons in on-line microfilm orders of any films and fiche available through the Family History Library Catalog.

Special Collections

  • Over 500 microfilms of Birth-Marriage-Death records from county court houses in Michigan
  • Microfilm collection of Polish and German records in the present area of Poznan.
  • English films for Cornwall and Lincolnshire.
  • Currently collecting the French-Canadian marriage index( Loiselle), many films available.
  • FHC Portal This center has access to the Family History Center Portal page which gives free access in the center to premium family history software and websites that generally charge for subscriptions.

Hardware and Equipment

  • 3  on-line computers
  • 3 microfilm readers
  • 2 microfiche readers
  • microfilm reader/printer
  • wireless Internet

Resources in the Local Area

  • The George Fletcher Library (AKA The Alpena Public Library) has marvelous local history and genealogical collections.

Volunteer at the Center

If you have been involved is family history research and are interested in helping others -please call the center during hours of operation .  We would love to orientate you to our Center.