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Luce County, Michigan Genealogy

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

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Luce County, Michigan
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Location of Michigan in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 1, 1887
County Seat Newberry
Courthouse
Address Luce County Courthouse
407 West Harrie Street
Newberry, MI 49868
Phone: 906-293-5521
Fax: 906-293-5553
Luce County Website


County InformationEdit

DescriptionEdit

The County was named for Cyrus G. Luce. The County has Newberry as its seat and the County was created 1887. The County is located in the north area of the state.[1]

Luce County, Michigan Record DatesEdit

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1887 1887 1887 1887 1887 1888 1820
Statewide registration started in 1867 for births and deaths. General compliance by 1915.

County CourthouseEdit


County Clerk has birth, marriage, divorce court and land records from 1887.
Probate Judge has probate records. [3]

HistoryEdit

Parent CountyEdit

1887--Luce County was created 1 March 1887 from Chippewa and Mackinac Counties.
County seat: Newberry [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

Neighboring CountiesEdit

Alger  • Chippewa  • Mackinac  • Schoolcraft

ResourcesEdit

CemeteriesEdit

Tombstone Transcriptions Online Tombstone Transcriptions in Print List of Cemeteries in the county
Findagrave.com Family History Library Findagrave.com
MIGenWeb Archives WorldCat Billion Graves
Tombstone Project
MIInterment
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 Luce 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

Alger CountySchoolcraft CountyMackinac CountyChippewa CountyMI LUCE.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 Luce 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, Luce 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

  • Luce-Mackinac Genealogical Society
    PO Box 113
    Engadine, MI 49827-0113
    Website
  • Luce County Historical Society
    110 E. McMillan
    Newberry, MI 49868
    Facebook

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, "Luce County, Michigan" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luce_County,_Michigan."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Luce 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), Luce 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).