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Marquette County, Michigan Genealogy

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

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Marquette County, Michigan
Map
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Location of Michigan in the U.S.
Facts
Founded March 9, 1843
County Seat Marquette
Courthouse
Marquette County Michigan Courthouse.jpg
Address Marquette County Courthouse
234 W Baraga Avenue
Marquette, MI 49855
Phone: 906-225-8330
Marquette County Website


County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Jacques Marquette. The County has Marquette as its seat and the County was created March 9, 1843. The County is located in the northwest area of the state.[1]

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

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[2]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1867 1851 1867 1852 1751 1854 1820
Statewide registration started in 1867 for births and deaths. General compliance by 1915.

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]


County Clerk has birth and death records from 1867, marriage records from 1851, divorce and court records from 1852. [3]

History[edit | edit source]

Parent County[edit | edit source]

1843--Marquette County was created 9 March 1843 from Chippewa and Mackinac Counties. It was attached to Chippewa and Houghton Counties prior to organization 1 December 1851. County seat: Marquette [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]

Neighboring Counties[edit | edit source]

Alger  • Baraga  • Delta  • Dickinson  • Iron  • Menominee

Resources[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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

Baraga CountyIron CountyDickinson CountyMenominee CountyAlger CountyDelta CountyMI MARQUETTE.PNG
Click a neighboring county
for more resources


Military[edit | edit source]

Civil War[edit | edit source]

Civil War service men from Marquette County served in various regiments. Men often joined a regiment or a company (within a regiment) that originated in their county. Listed below are the military units that were formed in or had many men from Marquette County.

- 1st Regiment, Michigan Cavalry, Company B

Online Records

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 Marquette 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, Marquette 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]

  • Marquette County Genealogical Society
    116 W. Spring Street
    Marquette, MI 49855
    Website
  • Marquette Regional History Center
    145 W. Spring Street
    Marquette, MI 49855
    Phone: 906-226-3571
    Website
  • Forsyth Township Historical Society
    PO Box 815
    186 W. Flint Street
    Gwinn, MI 49841
    Phone: 906-346-3237
    Email: rpwills@yahoo.com
    Website
  • Negaunee Historical Society
    PO Box 221
    Negaunee, MI 49866-0221
    Website
  • Negaunee Historical Museum
    303 East Main Street
    Negaunee, MI 49866
    Phone: 906-475-4614
    Website
  • Richmond Township Historical Society
    PO Box 254
    Palmer, MI 49871-0254
    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, "Marquette County, Michigan" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marquette_County,_Michigan."
  2. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Marquette 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), Marquette County, Michigan page 348, 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).