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Keweenaw County, Michigan Genealogy

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

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Keweenaw County, Michigan
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Location of Michigan in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 11, 1861
County Seat Eagle River
Courthouse
Address Keweenaw County Courthouse
5095 4th St.
Eagle River, MI 49950
Phone: 616. 336.3550
Phone: 906.337.2229
Keweenaw County Website


County InformationEdit

DescriptionEdit

The County was named for a Native American word that means "portage or place where portage is made". The County has Eagle River as its seat and the County was created March 11, 1861. The County is located in the northwest area of the state.[1]

Keweenaw County, Michigan Record DatesEdit

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1867 1867 1867 1861 1848 1866 1820
Statewide registration started in 1867 for births and deaths. General compliance by 1915.

County CourthouseEdit


County Clerk has birth, marriage, and death records from 1867,
land records from 1848, divorce and court records.
Probate Court has probate records. [3]

HistoryEdit

Parent CountyEdit

1861--Keweenaw County was created 11 March 1861 from Houghton County. County seat: Eagle River [4]

Boundary ChangesEdit

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 LossEdit

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

Places/LocalitiesEdit

Populated PlacesEdit

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]

Villages
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships
Ghost towns


Neighboring CountiesEdit

Houghton

ResourcesEdit

CemeteriesEdit

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.

CensusEdit

State Census

ChurchEdit

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.

CourtEdit

Emigration and ImmigrationEdit

LandEdit

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 HistoriesEdit

Local histories are available for Keweenaw 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.

MapsEdit

Houghton CountyMI KEWEENAW.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


MilitaryEdit

Civil WarEdit
World War IEdit

NewspapersEdit

Finding More Michigan NewspapersEdit

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

ObituariesEdit

ProbateEdit

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, Keweenaw 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

TaxationEdit

Vital RecordsEdit

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.

BirthEdit
MarriageEdit
DeathEdit

Societies and LibrariesEdit

Keweenaw County Historical Society
Hc-1, Box 265l
Eagle Harbor 49950


Family History Centers
Edit

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.

WebsitesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Wikipedia contributors, "Keweenaw County, Michigan" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keweenaw_County,_Michigan."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Keweenaw 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), Keweenaw County, Michigan page 347, 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, "Keweenaw County, Michigan," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keweenaw_County,_Michigan, accessed 21 October 2019.