Alger County, Michigan Genealogy

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

County Facts
County seat: Munising
Organized: 17 March, 1885
Parent County(s): Schoolcraft[1]
Neighboring Counties
Delta  • Luce  • Marquette  • Schoolcraft
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Courthouse
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Location Map
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Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for Russell A. Alger. The County has Munising as its seat and the County was created March 17, 1885. The County is located in the north-central area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Alger County Courthouse
101 Court St.
Munising, MI 49862
Phone: 906-387-2076
Alger County Website

County Clerk has birth, death and land records from 1884, marriage records from 1887, divorce and court records from 1885.
Probate Court has probate records.[3]

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

Information for this chart was taken from various sources, often containing conflicting dates. This information should be taken as a guide and should be verified by contacting the county and/or the state government agency.

Known Beginning Dates for Major County Records[4]
Birth* Marriage Death* Court Land Probate Census
1884 1887 1884 1885 1884 1889 1820
Statewide registration started in 1867 for births and deaths. General compliance by 1915.

Record Loss[edit | edit source]

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

Boundary Changes[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:[6]

Cities
Villages
Unincorporated communities
Townships


History Timeline[edit | edit source]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Bible Records[edit | edit source]

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Business, Commerce, and Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries of Alger County, Michigan online and in print
Tombstone Transcriptions Online
Tombstone Transcriptions in Print (Often more complete)
List of Cemeteries in the County
See Michigan Cemeteries for more information

 

Census Records[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1890 1,238
1900 5,868 374.0%
1910 7,675 30.8%
1920 9,983 30.1%
1930 9,327 −6.6%
1940 10,167 9.0%
1950 10,007 −1.6%
1960 9,250 −7.6%
1970 8,568 −7.4%
1980 9,225 7.7%
1990 8,972 −2.7%
2000 9,862 9.9%
2010 9,601 −2.6%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".


Munising School Public Library
810 State Hwy. M-28 West, Ste. A
Munising, MI 49862
Phone: 906-387-2125
Facebook website

  • United States Census: Schoolcraft County 1850-1910
  • Alger County 1900-1920; Territory 1820-1840
  • Michigan Indian Census:
  • Bay Mills [Chippewa] Great Lakes 1935-1937
  • Great Lakes [Chippewa & Potawatomi] 1938-1940

State Census

Church Records[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.


List of Churches and Church Parishes

Court Records[edit | edit source]

Directories[edit | edit source]

Emigration and Immigration[edit | edit source]

Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups[edit | edit source]

Funeral Homes[edit | edit source]

Genealogies[edit | edit source]

Guardianship[edit | edit source]

Land and Property Records[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 Alger County courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Alger County. 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 and Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

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for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War

Online Indexes and Records


World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

Munising School Public Library
810 State Hwy. M-28 West, Ste. A
Munising, MI 49862
Phone: 906-387-2125
Facebook website has the following Newspaper's

  • Munising News 1896-current
  • Munising Republican, 1892-1902
  • Cloverland Farmer 1915-1923
  • Sunday Morning Star, 1890-1891
  • Weekly Tribune, June-Dec 1893
  • Manistique Courier 1896-1899
  • Schoolcraft County Pioneer, 1880-1896
  • Semi-Weekly Pioneer, 1886-1888
  • Manistique Tri-Weekly Pioneer, 1888-1892
  • Tri-Weekly Pioneer 1892-1894
  • Semi-weekly Pioneer, 1894-1895
  • Manistique Tribune 1896-1899
  • Grand Marais Pilot and Pictured Rocks Review 1971-1974
  • Alger County Republican 1888-1903
  • Alger County Independent, 1938-1940
  • Wrights Weekly, 1924-1928
  • Lake Superior Breeze, 1906-1907
  • Lake Superior Pilot, 1901
  • Grand Marais Gazette, 1994-2004
  • Grand Marais Herald, 1895-1910

Alger County newspapers available at the Library of Michigan in Lansing include:

  • Au Train
  • Alger County Republican (1888-1896)
  • Grand Marais:
  • Grand Marais Gazette (1994-2004)
  • Grand Marais Herald (1899, 1903, 1905, 1910)
  • Grand Marais Pilot Pictured Rocks Review (1971-1994)
  • Munising
  • Alger County Democrat (1891-1892)
  • Alger County Independent (1938-1940)
  • Cloverland Farmer (1915-1923)
  • Lake Superior Breeze (1906-1907)
  • Lake Superior Pilot (1901-1901)
  • Munising News (1898-1899, 1901, 1904-1939, 1989-1991)
  • Munising Republican (1896-1906)
  • Wright's Illustrated Weekly (1923-1928)

Obituaries[edit | edit source]

Other Records[edit | edit source]

Periodicals[edit | edit source]

Probate Records[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.

Online Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Munising School Public Library
810 State Hwy. M-28 West, Ste. A
Munising, MI 49862
Phone: 906-387-2125
Facebook website

  • Munising High School Yearbooks & Senior Photos

Tax Records[edit | edit source]

Michigan tax records complement land records and can be used to supplement the years between censuses. Because only persons who owned taxable property were listed, many residents were not included in tax lists. There may also be gaps of several years in the tax records of some counties. For more information see the Wiki page, Michigan Taxation.

Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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

Birth[edit | edit source]

Marriage[edit | edit source]

Death[edit | edit source]

Divorce[edit | edit source]

Research Facilities[edit | edit source]

Archives[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Centers provide one-on-one assistance, free access to center-only databases, and to premium genealogical websites.
FamilySearch Affiliate Libraries have access to most center-only databases, but may not always have full services normally provided by a family history center.

Local Centers and Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Munising School Public Library
810 State Hwy. M-28 West, Ste. A
Munising, MI 49862
Phone: 906-387-2125
Facebook Website

Museums[edit | edit source]

Societies[edit | edit source]

Alger County Historical Society
1496 Washington St./PO Box 201
Munising, MI 49862
Phone: 906-387-4308
Website

Grand Marais Historical Society
PO Box 179
Grand Marais, MI 49839
Phone: 906-494-2404
Website

Websites[edit | edit source]

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Research Guides[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Michigan.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. Wikipedia contributors, "Alger County, Michigan" in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia.
  3. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Michigan.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  4. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Michigan.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  5. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Michigan.At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  6. Wikipedia contributors, "Alger County, Michigan," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia accessed 20 August 2019.