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| building address = Houghton County Courthouse<br>401 E Houghton Ave.<br>Houghton, MI 49931<br>Phone: (906) 482-1150 <br> [http://www.houghtoncounty.net/'''Houghton County Website'''] }}  
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| 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  ===
 
=== County Information  ===
  
==== Houghton County, Michigan Record Dates  ====
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==== Description ====
  
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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>
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====Houghton County, Michigan Record Dates====
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| 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>
 
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>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</ref></center>
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Houghton County, Michigan Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Houghton County, Michigan Genealogy#Marriage|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Houghton County, Michigan Genealogy#Death|Death*]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Houghton County, Michigan Genealogy#Court Records|Court]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Houghton County, Michigan Genealogy#Land and Property Records|Land]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Houghton County, Michigan Genealogy#Probate Records|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Houghton County, Michigan Genealogy#Census Records|Census]]'''
 
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Houghton County, Michigan Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1867
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Houghton County, Michigan Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1855
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Houghton County, Michigan Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1867
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Houghton County, Michigan Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1853
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Houghton County, Michigan Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1847
| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Houghton County, Michigan Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1872
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1820
 
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1867
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| colspan="7"| <center>Statewide registration started in 1867 for births and deaths. General compliance by 1915.</center>
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1848
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1867  
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1820
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1848
 
| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1872
 
 
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[[Image:Houghton County Michigan Courthouse.jpg|thumb|right|200px]]  
 
[[Image:Houghton County Michigan Courthouse.jpg|thumb|right|200px]]  
  
<br>[http://www.houghtoncounty.net/directory-hcclerk.shtml 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.shtml 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>  
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<br>[http://www.houghtoncounty.net/directory-clerk.php County Clerk] has birth and death records from 1867, marriage records from 1855, divorce and court records from 1853, land records from 1847, naturalization records 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  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1845--'''Houghton County was created 19 March 1845&nbsp;from [[Marquette County, Michigan Genealogy|Marquette]] and [[Ontonagon County, Michigan Genealogy|Ontonagon]] Counties. It was attached to Chippewa County prior to organization 18 May 1846.&nbsp; '''County seat:''' Houghton <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1845--'''Houghton County was created 19 March 1845 from [[Marquette County, Michigan Genealogy|Marquette]] and [[Ontonagon County, Michigan Genealogy|Ontonagon]] Counties. It was attached to Chippewa County prior to organization 18 May 1846. '''County seat:''' Houghton <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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==== Populated Places  ====
 
==== Populated Places  ====
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For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://michigan.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,061,c,houghton.cfm HomeTown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Houghton County, Michigan," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'',https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houghton_County%2C_Michigan, accessed 01 October 2019.</ref>
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hancock,_Michigan Hancock]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houghton_County%2C_Michigan Houghton]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_Township,_Houghton_County,_Michigan Atlantic Mine]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calumet,_Michigan Blue Jacket]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centennial,_Michigan Centennial]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chassell,_Michigan Chassell]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dakota_Heights,_Michigan Dakota Heights]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portage_Charter_Township,_Michigan Dodgeville]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donken,_Michigan Donken]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dreamland,_Michigan Dreamland]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_Mine,_Michigan Franklin Mine]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freda,_Michigan Freda]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portage_Charter_Township,_Michigan Hurontown]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torch_Lake_Township,_Houghton_County,_Michigan Jacobsville]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kearsarge,_Michigan Kearsarge]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mason,_Michigan Mason]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Painesdale,_Michigan Painesdale]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanton_Township,_Michigan Redridge]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_Township,_Houghton_County,_Michigan Ripley]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torch_Lake_Township,_Houghton_County,_Michigan Senter]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osceola_Township,_Houghton_County,_Michigan Tamarack City]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toivola,_Michigan Toivola]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_Township,_Houghton_County,_Michigan Trimountain]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elm_River_Township,_Michigan Twin Lakes]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torch_Lake_Township,_Houghton_County,_Michigan White City]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calumet_Charter_Township,_Michigan Yellow Jacket]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dollar_Bay,_Michigan Dollar Bay]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubbell,_Michigan Hubbell]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adams_Township,_Houghton_County,_Michigan Adams]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calumet_Charter_Township,_Michigan Calumet Charter]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chassell_Township,_Michigan Chassell]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duncan_Township,_Michigan Duncan]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elm_River_Township,_Michigan Elm River]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_Township,_Houghton_County,_Michigan Franklin]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hancock_Township,_Michigan Hancock]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laird_Township,_Michigan Laird]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osceola_Township,_Houghton_County,_Michigan Osceola]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portage_Charter_Township,_Michigan Portage Charter]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quincy_Township,_Houghton_County,_Michigan Quincy]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schoolcraft_Township,_Houghton_County,_Michigan Schoolcraft]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanton_Township,_Michigan Stanton]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torch_Lake_Township,_Houghton_County,_Michigan Torch Lake]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calumet,_Michigan Calumet]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copper_City,_Michigan Copper City]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Linden,_Michigan Lake Linden]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurium,_Michigan Laurium]
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Range,_Michigan South Range]
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}}
  
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
[[Baraga County, Michigan Genealogy|Baraga]] {{•}} [[Iron County, Michigan Genealogy|Iron]] {{•}} [[Keweenaw County, Michigan Genealogy|Keweenaw]] {{•}} [[Ontonagon County, Michigan Genealogy|Ontonagon]]  
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[[Baraga County, Michigan Genealogy|Baraga]] {{•}} [[Iron County, Michigan Genealogy|Iron]] {{•}} [[Keweenaw County, Michigan Genealogy|Keweenaw]] {{•}} [[Ontonagon County, Michigan Genealogy|Ontonagon]]
<center>{{MIHoughton County, Michigan Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
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{{MI Church Intro}}
 
{{MI Church Intro}}
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*'''1819-1991''' - {{RecordSearch|2787825|Michigan, Church Records, 1819-1991}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
 
==== Emigration and Immigration ====
 
==== 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
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*'''1929-1966''' {{RecordSearch|2426314|Michigan, Crew Lists for various ports, 1929-1966}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
==== Land  ====
 
==== Land  ====
  
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{{MI History Intro}}  
 
{{MI History Intro}}  
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*''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 ($)]
  
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==== Maps  ====
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{{MI Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{MI Houghton County}}}}
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/michigan/ Maps of Michigan (1790-1897)]
  
MTU Archives &amp; Copper Country Historical Collection<br>[http://www.mtu.edu/library/ J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library]<br>Michigan Technological University<br>Houghton, MI 49931<br>Telephone: (906)487-2505<br>Fax: (906)487-2357<br>E-mail: copper@mtu.edu<br>
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==== Military  ====
  
==== Maps  ====
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===== Civil War =====
  
[[Image:Mihoughton.jpg|600px|Mihoughton.jpg]]  
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*{{RecordSearch|3246416|Michigan, Civil War Centennial Observance Commission, Committee on Civil War Grave Registration, Burial Records}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
  
*[http://www.mapofus.org/michigan/ Maps of Michigan (1790-1897)]
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===== World War I =====
  
==== Military  ====
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*'''1917-1919''' - {{RecordSearch|3007553|Michigan, Census of World War I Veterans with Card Index, 1917-1919}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
  
 
==== Newspapers  ====
 
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'''Online Probate Records'''  
 
'''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.com] — index and images $  
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*'''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
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*'''1797–1973''' {{RecordSearch|2013878|Michigan Probate Records 1797-1973}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
  
 
==== Taxation  ====
 
==== Taxation  ====
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/michigan/mi-vital-records/ How to order Michigan Vital Records]  
 
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/michigan/mi-vital-records/ How to order Michigan Vital Records]  
 
=====Birth=====
 
=====Birth=====
*'''1867-1902''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1459684 Michigan Birth Registrations, 1867-1902]-- Free name indexes and images at [https://www.familysearch.org/#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1459684 FamilySearch]. Records include such information as name of child, birthdate and place, if still-born, illegitimate or twin, gender, race and record number.
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*'''1867-1917''' - {{RecordSearch|1923472|Michigan, County Births, 1867-1917}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1867-1902''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1459684 Michigan Birth Registrations, 1867-1902] — index and images
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=====Marriage=====
 
=====Marriage=====
 
*'''1585-1945''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=michigan%2cmi Michigan, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
 
*'''1585-1945''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=michigan%2cmi Michigan, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] — index $
*'''1868-1925''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1452395 Michigan Marriage Registrations, 1868-1925] -- Free name indexes at [https://www.familysearch.org/#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1452395 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.
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*'''1820-1937''' - {{RecordSearch|2473289|Michigan, County Marriages Index, 1820-1937}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1820-1940''' - {{RecordSearch|1810350|Michigan, County Marriages, 1820-1940}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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*'''1868-1925''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1452395 Michigan Marriage Registrations, 1868-1925] — index and images
  
 
=====Death=====
 
=====Death=====
*'''1867-1897''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1452402 Michigan Death Registrations, 1867-1897] --&nbsp;<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1236870413453_862" /><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1236870413453_263" />&nbsp;Free name indexes and images&nbsp;at&nbsp;[https://www.familysearch.org/#p=collectionDetails;t=searchable;c=1452402 FamilySearch]. &nbsp;&nbsp;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.
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*'''1850-1880''' - {{RecordSearch|2632078|Michigan Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
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*'''1867-1897''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1452402 Michigan Death Registrations, 1867-1897] — index and images
== Societies and Libraries  ==
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*'''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)
 
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*'''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.
'''Houghton County Historical Society'''<br>Hwy. M-26, Lock Box D<br>Lake Linden 49945<br>[http://www.houghtonhistory.org/ Website]<br><br>
 
 
 
'''Houghton-Keweenaw County Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 72<br>Houghton, Michigan 49931<br>E-mail:[mailto:HKCGSociety@gmail.com HKCGSociety@gmail.com]<br><br>
 
  
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== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/michigan/mi-society-archive/ List of Michigan Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
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*'''Houghton County Historical Society'''<br>53102 Hwy M-26<br>PO Box 127<br>Lake Linden, MI 49945<br>[http://www.houghtonhistory.org/ Website]
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*'''Houghton-Keweenaw County Genealogical Society'''<br>PO Box 72<br>Houghton, MI 49931<br>Email: [mailto:HKCGSociety@gmail.com HKCGSociety@gmail.com]
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*'''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  ====
  
{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}  
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}  
  
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
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*[[Introduction to Family History Centers]]
  
 
*[[Houghton Michigan Family History Center]] 47691 Meadow St, Houghton, MI 47691 United States
 
*[[Houghton Michigan Family History Center]] 47691 Meadow St, Houghton, MI 47691 United States
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== Websites  ==
 
== Websites  ==
  
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/michigan/houghton-county/ Houghton County, MI History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
 
 
*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/117010845362856133445 Michigan Genealogy Network Community on Google+]  
 
*[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]  
 
*[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.  
 
*[http://www.mfhn.com/houghton/ USGenWeb project.] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.  
 
*{{FHL|Michigan%2C+Houghton|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
 
*{{FHL|Michigan%2C+Houghton|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/MI/Houghton-County.htm Houghton County MI Genealogy] (LDS Genealogy)  
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/MI/Houghton-County.htm Houghton County MI Genealogy] (ldsgenealogy.com)  
 
*[http://habitant.org/houghton/fcgenealogy.htm French-Canadians in Houghton<br>]
 
*[http://habitant.org/houghton/fcgenealogy.htm French-Canadians in Houghton<br>]
  

Latest revision as of 12:06, 1 October 2019

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

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Houghton County, Michigan
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Location of Michigan in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 19, 1845
County Seat Houghton
Courthouse
Houghton County Michigan Courthouse.jpg
Address Houghton County Courthouse
401 E Houghton Avenue
Houghton, MI 49931
Phone: 906-482-1150
Houghton County Website


County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

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.[1]

Houghton County, Michigan Record Dates[edit | edit source]

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1867 1855 1867 1853 1847 1872 1820
Statewide registration started in 1867 for births and deaths. General compliance by 1915.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Houghton County Michigan Courthouse.jpg


County Clerk has birth and death records from 1867, marriage records from 1855, divorce and court records from 1853, land records from 1847, naturalization records from 1848 and military records.
Probate Judge has probate records. [3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1845--Houghton County was created 19 March 1845 from Marquette and Ontonagon Counties. It was attached to Chippewa County prior to organization 18 May 1846. County seat: Houghton [4]

Boundary Changes[edit | edit source]

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

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Places/Localities[edit | edit source]

Populated Places[edit | edit source]

For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit HomeTown Locator. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:[5]

Cities
Villages
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships


Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Baraga  • Iron  • Keweenaw  • Ontonagon

Resources[edit | edit source]

A Guide to Genealogical Resources and researching their special collections may be viewed at 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[edit | edit source]

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

Census[edit | edit source]

State Census

Church[edit | edit source]

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.

Court[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Land[edit | edit source]

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[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Houghton 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.

Maps[edit | edit source]

Keweenaw CountyKeweenaw CountyBaraga CountyIron CountyOntonagon CountyMI HOUGHTON.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]
World War I[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Finding More Michigan Newspapers[edit source]

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

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Probate[edit | edit source]

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, Houghton 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

Taxation[edit | edit source]

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

Vital Records consist of births, adoptions, marriages, divorces, and deaths recorded on registers, certificates, and documents. A copy or an extract of most original records can be purchased as shown below:

Birth Records and Death Records from the Michigan Department of Community Health (from 1867) or the County Clerk's office of the county where the event occurred.
Marriage Records (from 1867) and Divorce Records (from 1897) from the County Clerk.

Birth[edit | edit source]
Marriage[edit | edit source]
Death[edit | edit source]

Societies and Libraries[edit | edit source]

  • Houghton County Historical Society
    53102 Hwy M-26
    PO Box 127
    Lake Linden, MI 49945
    Website
  • Houghton-Keweenaw County Genealogical Society
    PO Box 72
    Houghton, MI 49931
    Email: HKCGSociety@gmail.com
  • J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library
    Michigan Technological University
    Houghton, MI 49931
    Phone: 906-487-2505
    Fax: 906-487-2357
    Email: copper@mtu.edu
    Website

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

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.

Websites[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Houghton County, Michigan" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houghton_County,_Michigan."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Houghton County, Michigan . Page 343-351 At various libraries (WorldCat); 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.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Houghton County, Michigan page 346, 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).
  5. Wikipedia contributors, "Houghton County, Michigan," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houghton_County%2C_Michigan, accessed 01 October 2019.