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Guide to '''Ontonagon County, Michigan ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.  
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Guide to '''Ontonagon County, Michigan ancestry, genealogy and family history''', birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Infobox U.S. County
 
| county = Ontonagon County
 
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| state = Michigan
 
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| founded year = 1843
 
| founded date = March 9
 
| seat = Ontonagon
 
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| building address = Ontonagon County Courthouse<br>725 Greenland Road<br>Ontonagon, MI 49953<br>Phone: (906) 884-4255<br> [http://ontonagoncounty.org/county-offices/ '''Ontonagon County Website'''] }}
 
  
=== County Information ===
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|county seat= Ontonagon
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|parent county= [[Chippewa County, Michigan Genealogy|Chippewa]], [[Mackinac County, Michigan Genealogy|Mackinac]]<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Michigan.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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|county1= [[Gogebic County, Michigan Genealogy|Gogebic]]
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== County Information ==
  
==== Description ===
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=== Description ===
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The County was named for the Ontonagon River. The County is located in the northwest area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Ontonagon County, Michigan" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ontonagon_County,_Michigan wikipedia]</ref>
  
The County was named for the Ontonagon River. The County has Ontonagon as its seat and the County was created March 9, 1843. The County is located in the northwest area of the state.<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Ontonagon County, Michigan" in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', "https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ontonagon_County,_Michigan."</ref>
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=== County Courthouse ===
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{{MI Courthouse Intro|Ontonagon}}
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'''Ontonagon County Courthouse'''<br>725 Greenland Road<br>Ontonagon, MI 49953<br>Phone: 906-884-4255<br> [http://ontonagoncounty.org/county-offices/ Ontonagon County Website] <br><br>
  
====Ontonagon County, Michigan Record Dates====
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[http://ontonagoncounty.org/county-offices/ County Clerk] has birth records, death records from 1868, marriage records from 1861, divorce court records from 1854, land records from 1850. <br>Probate Court has probate records. <br>Cemetery Associations have burial records.<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Michigan.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
  
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=== Ontonagon County, Michigan Record Dates  ===
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{{MI Record Dates Intro|Ontonagon}}
 
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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), Ontonagon 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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| 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), Michigan.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref></center>
 
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| width="14.2%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Ontonagon County, Michigan Genealogy#Birth|Birth*]]'''
 
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1868  
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1868
 
| width="14.2%" align="center" |1861
 
| width="14.2%" align="center" |1861
 
| width="14.2%" align="center" |1868
 
| width="14.2%" align="center" |1868
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| width="14.2%" align="center" |1820
 
| width="14.2%" align="center" |1820
 
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| colspan="7"| <center>Statewide registration started in 1867 for births and deaths. General compliance by 1915.</center>
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| colspan="7"| <center>*Statewide registration started in 1867 for births and deaths. General compliance by 1915.</center>
 
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== County Courthouse  ==
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=== Record Loss ===
 
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<br>[http://ontonagoncounty.org/county-offices/ County Clerk] has birth records, death records from 1868, <br>marriage records from 1861, divorce court records<br> from 1854, land records from 1850. <br>Probate Court has probate records. <br>Cemetery Associations have burial records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Ontonagon County, Michigan page 349, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>
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== History  ==
 
 
 
==== Parent County  ====
 
 
 
'''1843--'''Ontonagon County was created 9 March 1843&nbsp;from [[Chippewa County, Michigan Genealogy|Chippewa]] and [[Mackinac County, Michigan Genealogy|Mackinac]] Counties. It was attached to Chippewa and Houghton Counties prior to organization 1 January 1853. &nbsp;'''County seat:''' Ontonagon <ref>''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>
 
 
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
 
 
For animated maps illustrating Michigan county boundary changes, [http://www.mapofus.org/michigan/ "Rotating Formation Michigan County Boundary Maps"] (1790-1897) may be viewed for free at the MapofUS.org website.
 
 
 
==== Record Loss  ====
 
 
 
 
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
 
There is no known history of courthouse disasters in this county.
  
== Places/Localities  ==
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=== Boundary Changes ===
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{{MI Boundary Changes Intro|Ontonagon}}
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*'''1843--'''Ontonagon County was created 9 March 1843 from [[Chippewa County, Michigan Genealogy|Chippewa]] and [[Mackinac County, Michigan Genealogy|Mackinac]] Counties. It was attached to Chippewa and Houghton Counties prior to organization 1 January 1853.  ''
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*'''County seat:''' Ontonagon<ref>''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Michigan.{{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref><br>
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/michigan/ Interactive Map of Michigan County Formation History] (1790-1897) - animated maps illustrating Michigan county boundary changes
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*[https://publications.newberry.org/ahcbp/documents/MI_Individual_County_Chronologies.htm#Individual_County_Chronologies Michigan Historical Boundary Changes] - list of all boundary changes by county provided by [https://www.newberry.org/ Newberry Library]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/443923-county-evolution-in-michigan-1790-1897?offset=1 County Evolution In Michigan, 1790-1897] by Richard W. Welch for the development of the counties in the state
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=== Populated Places ===
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{{MI Populated Places Intro|Ontonagon}}
  
==== 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,131,c,ontonagon.cfm HomeTown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Ontonagon County, Michigan," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ontonagon_County%2C_Michigan wikipedia] accessed 09 November 2019.</ref>
For a complete list of populated places, including small neighborhoods and suburbs, visit [https://michigan.hometownlocator.com/counties/cities,cfips,131,c,ontonagon.cfm HomeTown Locator]. The following are the most historically and genealogically relevant populated places in this county:<ref>Wikipedia contributors, "Ontonagon County, Michigan," in ''Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia'', https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ontonagon_County%2C_Michigan, accessed 09 November 2019.</ref>  
 
  
 
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockland_Township,_Michigan#Communities Rockland]
 
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockland_Township,_Michigan#Communities Rockland]
 
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interior_Township,_Michigan#Communities Trout Creek]
 
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interior_Township,_Michigan#Communities Trout Creek]
*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockland_Township,_Michigan#Communities Victoria]  
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*[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockland_Township,_Michigan#Communities Victoria]
 
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
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=== History Timeline ===
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{{MI Historical Timeline Intro|Ontonagon}}
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== Resources ==
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{{MI Resources Intro|Ontonagon}}
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=== Bible Records ===
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{{MI Bible Intro|Ontonagon}}
  
[[Gogebic County, Michigan Genealogy|Gogebic]] {{•}} [[Houghton County, Michigan Genealogy|Houghton]] {{•}} [[Iron County, Michigan Genealogy|Iron]]
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=== Biographies  ===
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{{MI Biographies Intro|Ontonagon}}
  
== Resources  ==
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=== Business, Commerce, and Occupations ===
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{{MI Business Records Intro|Ontonagon}}
  
==== Cemeteries ====
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=== Cemeteries ===
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{{MI Cemeteries Intro|Ontonagon}}
  
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| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''
 
| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print'''
 
| width="30%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" align="center" | '''List of Cemeteries in the county'''
 
 
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| colspan="2" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black"| <center>'''Cemeteries of Ontonagon County, Michigan''' online and in print</center>
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | {{FHL|455705|subject-id|disp=Family History Library}}
 
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Michigan/Ontonagon-County?id=county_1292 Findagrave.com]
 
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://hometownchronicles.com/mi/ontonagon/cems.htm USGenWeb]
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions Online'''</center>
| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Ontonagon+Michigan&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [https://billiongraves.com/search/cemetery Billion Graves]
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*[https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/search?firstname=&middlename=&lastname=&birthyear=&birthyearfilter=&deathyear=&deathyearfilter=&location=Ontonagon+County%2C+Michigan%2C+United+States+of+America Find A Grave]
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* [http://hometownchronicles.com/mi/ontonagon/cems.htm USGenWeb]
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* [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/michigan/ontonagon.htm Tombstone Project]
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*[https://billiongraves.com/search/results?cemetery_country=United%20States&cemetery_state=Michigan&cemetery_county=Ontonagon&year_range=5&size=15 Billion Graves]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" | [http://www.usgwtombstones.org/michigan/ontonagon.htm Tombstone Project]
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" | <center>'''Tombstone Transcriptions in Print''' [[The Value of Cemetery Records in Print |(Often more complete)]]</center>
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* [http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=su%3Acemetery+Ontonagon+Michigan&qt=advanced&dblist=638 WorldCat]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" |[https://billiongraves.com/search# Billion Graves]
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| width="25%" bgcolor="#E0E0E0" style="border:1px solid black" |<center>'''List of Cemeteries in the County'''</center>
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* [https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery-browse/USA/Michigan/Ontonagon-County?id=county_1292 Findagrave.com]
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=392784&reqParentsLabel=Ontonagon%2C%20Michigan%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypes=20&reqTypeLabel=Cemetery FamilySearch Places]
 
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="3" | See [[Michigan Cemeteries| Michigan Cemeteries]] for more information.
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| bgcolor="#F0F0F0" colspan="2" |<center>See '''[[Michigan Cemeteries]]''' for more information</center>
 
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=== Census Records ===
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{{Historical populations
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|footnote = Source: [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ontonagon_County,_Michigan#Demographics "Wikipedia.org".]
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|1850 |389 
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|1860 |4568 
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|1870 |2845 
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|1880 |2565
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|1890 |3756
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|1900 |6197
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|1910 |8650
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|1920 |12428
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|1930 |11114
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|1940 |11359
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|1950 |10282
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|1960 |10584
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|1970 |10548 
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|1980 |9861 
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|1990 |8854 
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|2000 |7818
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|2010 |6780
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{{MI Census Intro|Ontonagon}}
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''' State Census'''<br>
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*'''1850-1880''' - {{RecordSearch|2632078|Michigan Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] -[[Michigan Mortality Schedules - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
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* '''1894''' Michigan Department of State. ''Census of the State of Michigan, 1894''. Vol 3. Lansing, MI: R. Smith & co., state printers, 1896. (Civil War veterans only) Digital version at [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/322926-redirection FamilySearch Digital Library]
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=== Church Records ===
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{{MI Church Intro|Ontonagon}}
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*'''1819-1991''' - {{RecordSearch|2787825|Michigan, Church Records, 1819-1991}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[Michigan, Church Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
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'''List of Churches and Church Parishes'''
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*'''[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=392784&reqParentsLabel=Ontonagon%2C%20Michigan%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=3&reqTypeLabel=Churches%20and%20Church%20Parishes FamilySearch Places]''' <br>
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=== Court Records ===
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{{MI Court Intro|Ontonagon}}
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=== Directories ===
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{{MI Directories Intro|Ontonagon}}
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*'''1863-1922''' [https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000054983 Michigan State Gazetteers and Business Directories] at Hathi Trust, images – includes business directories for towns across the state<br>
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=== Emigration and Immigration  ===
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{{MI Emigration Intro|Ontonagon}}
  
==== Census ====
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*'''1929-1966''' {{RecordSearch|2426314|Michigan, Crew Lists for various ports, 1929-1966}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[Michigan, Crew Lists for Various Ports - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]] <br>
''' State Census'''
 
*'''1894''' - {{RecordSearch|1825187|Michigan State Census, 1894}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
 
  
==== Church  ====
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=== Ethnic, Political, and Religious Groups ===
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{{MI Ethnic Groups Intro|Ontonagon}}
  
{{MI Church Intro}}
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=== Funeral Homes  ===
*'''1819-1991''' - {{RecordSearch|2787825|Michigan, Church Records, 1819-1991}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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{{MI Funeral Homes Intro|Ontonagon}}
  
==== Court ====
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=== Genealogies ===
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{{MI Genealogies Intro|Ontonagon}}
  
==== Emigration and Immigration ====
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=== Guardianship ===
*'''1929 - 1966''' {{RecordSearch|2426314|Michigan, Crew Lists for various ports, 1929-1966}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images<br>
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{{MI Guardianship Intro|Ontonagon}}
  
==== Land ====
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=== Land and Property Records ===
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{{MI Land Intro|Ontonagon}}
  
{{MI Land Intro}}
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=== Local Histories ===
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{{MI Histories Intro|Ontonagon}}
  
==== Local Histories  ====
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=== Maps and Gazetteers ===
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{{MI Maps Intro|Ontonagon}}
  
{{MI History Intro}}  
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{{MI Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{MI Ontonagon County}}}}
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/michigan/ Maps of Michigan (1790-1897)]
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*'''1863-1922''' [https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000054983 Michigan State Gazetteers and Business Directories] at Hathi Trust, images – includes business directories for towns across the state<br>
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*[https://www.familysearch.org/research/places/?reqParents=392784&reqParentsLabel=Ontonagon%2C%20Michigan%2C%20United%20States&reqParentsType=209&reqTypeGroups=8&reqTypeLabel=Cities%20and%20Towns FamilySearch Places]:Cities and Towns- [[FamilySearch Places|How to Use FS Places]]
  
==== Maps  ====
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=== Migration ===
{{MI Neighboring Counties Intro|county={{MI Ontonagon County}}}}
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{{MI Migration Intro|Ontonagon}}
*[http://www.mapofus.org/michigan/ Maps of Michigan (1790-1897)]
 
*[http://www.historygeo.com/v2/search/ Family Maps of {{PAGENAME}}] (land patent maps) at HistoryGeo.com ($). Free surname search.
 
  
==== Military ====
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=== Military Records ===
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{{MI Military Intro|Ontonagon}}
  
===== Civil War =====
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'''''Civil War'''''<br>
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Civil War service men from Ontonagon 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 Ontonagon County.
  
Civil War service men from Ontonagon 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 Ontonagon County.
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*'''1876-1945''' - {{RecordSearch|2351035|Michigan, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1876-1945}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[Michigan, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
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* '''1894''' Michigan Department of State. ''Census of the State of Michigan, 1894''. Vol 3. Lansing, MI: R. Smith & co., state printers, 1896. (Civil War veterans only) Digital version at [https://www.familysearch.org/library/books/records/item/322926-redirection FamilySearch Digital Library]
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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] - [[Michigan, Civil War Centennial Observance Commission, Committee on Civil War Grave Registration, Burial Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
  
'''''Online Records'''''
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'''''World War I'''''<br>
*{{RecordSearch|3246416|Michigan, Civil War Centennial Observance Commission, Committee on Civil War Grave Registration, Burial Records}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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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] - [[Michigan, Census of WWI Veterans with Card Index, 1917-1919 - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
*'''1876-1945''' - {{RecordSearch|2351035|Michigan, Grand Army of the Republic Membership Records, 1876-1945}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
 
  
===== World War I =====
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=== Naturalization and Citizenship ===
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{{MI Naturalization Intro|Ontonagon}}
  
*'''1917-1919''' - {{RecordSearch|3007553|Michigan, Census of World War I Veterans with Card Index, 1917-1919}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
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*'''1837-1993''' - {{RecordSearch|2546149|Michigan, Eastern and Western Districts, Naturalization Records, 1837-1993}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]- [[Michigan, Eastern and Western Districts, Naturalization Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
  
==== Naturalization and Citizenship ====
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=== Newspapers ===
*'''1837-1993''' - {{RecordSearch|2546149|Michigan, Eastern and Western Districts, Naturalization Records, 1837-1993}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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{{MI Newspapers Intro|Ontonagon}}
  
==== Newspapers ====
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*[https://digmichnews.cmich.edu/ Digital Michigan Newspapers] at Central Michigan University
  
{{MI Newspaper abstracts|Ontonagon}}
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=== Obituaries ===
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{{MI Obituaries Intro|Ontonagon}}
  
==== Obituaries ====
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*'''1820-2006''' {{RecordSearch|2215693|Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[Michigan Obituaries - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
  
*'''1820-2006''' - {{RecordSearch|2215693|Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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=== Other Records ===
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{{MI Other Records Intro|Ontonagon}}
  
==== Probate  ====
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=== Periodicals ===
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{{MI Periodicals Intro|Ontonagon}}
  
{{MI Probate Intro|Ontonagon}}  
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=== Probate Records ===
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{{MI Probate Intro|Ontonagon}}
  
'''Online Probate Records'''
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''Online Probate Indexes and Records''<br>
  
*'''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://search.ancestry.com Ancestry $]
*'''1797 1973''' {{RecordSearch|2013878|Michigan Probate Records 1797-1973}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] — images
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*'''1797-1973''' {{RecordSearch|2013878|Michigan Probate Records 1797-1973}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] - [[Michigan Probate Records - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
  
==== Taxation  ====
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=== School Records ===
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{{MI Schools Intro|Ontonagon}}
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===Social Security Records===
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*'''1935-2014''' {{RecordSearch|1202535|United States Social Security Death Index}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search/ FamilySearch] - [[United States Social Security Death Index - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to use this collection]]; index. ''Also at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/3693/ Ancestry], [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-Records/social-security-death-index findmypast], [https://www.fold3.com/title/830/ Fold3], [https://www.genealogybank.com/explore/ssdi/all GenealogyBank], [https://www.myheritage.com/research/collection-10002/us-social-security-death-index-ssdi?s=270606331 MyHeritage], and [https://stevemorse.org/ssdi/ssdi.html Steve Morse].'' [[United States Social Security Administration Records#Social Security Death Index (SSDI)|Click here for more information]].
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*'''1936-2007''' [https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/60901/ U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007] at [https://www.ancestry.com/search/ Ancestry ($)] — index, [[United States Social Security Administration Records#Social Security Applications and Claims Index|click here for more information]].
  
==== Vital Records ====
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=== Tax Records ===
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{{MI Tax Intro|Ontonagon}}
  
{{MI Vital Intro}}  
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=== Vital Records ===
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{{MI Vital Intro|Ontonagon}}
  
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/michigan/mi-vital-records/ How to order Michigan Vital Records]
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==== Birth ====
=====Birth=====
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{{MI Birth Intro|Ontonagon}}
*'''1867-1917''' - {{RecordSearch|1923472|Michigan, County Births, 1867-1917}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''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.
 
  
=====Marriage=====
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*'''1867-1917''' - {{RecordSearch|1923472|Michigan, County Births, 1867-1917}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]- [[Michigan, County Births - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
*'''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 $
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*'''1867-1902''' - {{RecordSearch|1459684|Michigan Births, 1867-1902}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[Michigan Births - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
*'''1820-1937''' - {{RecordSearch|2473289|Michigan, County Marriages Index, 1820-1937}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
 
*'''1820-1940''' - {{RecordSearch|1810350|Michigan, County Marriages, 1820-1940}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
 
*'''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.
 
  
=====Death=====
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==== Marriage ====
*'''1850-1880''' - {{RecordSearch|2632078|Michigan Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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{{MI Marriage Intro|Ontonagon}}
*'''1867-1897''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1452402 Michigan Death Registrations, 1867-1897] --&nbsp;&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.
 
  
== Societies and Libraries ==
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*'''1585-1945''' - [https://search.findmypast.com/search-world-records/united-states-marriages?state=michigan%2cmi Michigan, United States Marriages] at [http://findmypast.com/ FindMyPast] $
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*'''1820-1937''' - {{RecordSearch|2473289|Michigan, County Marriages Index, 1820-1937}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[Michigan, County Marriages Index - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
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*'''1820-1940''' - {{RecordSearch|1810350|Michigan, County Marriages, 1820-1940}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch]- [[Michigan, County Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
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*'''1868-1925''' - {{RecordSearch|1452395|Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[Michigan, County Marriages - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
  
'''Ontonagon County Genealogy Society'''<br>PO Box 258<br> Ontonagon MI 49953<br>E-mail:[mailto:dahlstrm@jamadots.com dahlstrm@jamadots.com]<br>[http://www.ontonagonmi.org/ocgs.html Website]<br><br>
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==== Death ====
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{{MI Death Intro|Ontonagon}}
  
'''Ontonagon County Historical Society'''<br>PO Box 92<br>Ontonagon 49953-0092<br><br>
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*'''1850-1880''' - {{RecordSearch|2632078|Michigan Mortality Schedules, 1850-1880}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] -[[Michigan Mortality Schedules - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
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*'''1867-1897''' - {{RecordSearch|1452402|Michigan Deaths, 1867-1897}} at [https://www.familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] - [[Michigan Deaths - FamilySearch Historical Records|How to Use this Collection]]
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*'''1897-1952''' - [https://michiganology.org/vital-records/ Michigan Death Records] at [https://michiganology.org/ Michiganology] - index and images, organized by county and then last name.
  
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==== Divorce ====
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{{MI Divorce Intro|Ontonagon}}
  
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== Research Facilities ==
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{{MI Research Facilities Intro|Ontonagon}}
  
*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/michigan/mi-society-archive/ List of Michigan Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical &amp; Genealogical Societies]
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=== Archives ===
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{{MI Archives Intro|Ontonagon}}
  
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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=== Family History Centers ===
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{{Family History Centers Intro}}
  
{{Family History Centers Intro}}  
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=== Libraries ===
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{{MI Libraries Intro|Ontonagon}}
  
*[[Introduction to Family History Centers]]
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=== Museums ===
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{{MI Museums Intro|Ontonagon}}
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'''Ontonagon County Historical Museum'''<br>422 River Street /PO Box 92<br>Ontonagon, MI 49953<br>Phone: 906-884-6165<br>[https://ontonagonmuseum.org/ Website]  [https://www.facebook.com/OntonagonMuseum/ Facebook]
  
== Townships and Cities  ==
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== Societies ==
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{{MI Societies Intro|Ontonagon}}
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'''Ontonagon County Genealogy Society'''<br>PO Box 258<br> Ontonagon MI 49953<br>E-mail:[mailto:dahlstrm@jamadots.com dahlstrm@jamadots.com]<br>[http://www.ontonagonmi.org/ocgs.html Website]<br><br>
  
== Websites  ==
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'''Ontonagon County Historical Society'''<br>422 River Street /PO Box 92<br>Ontonagon, MI 49953<br>Phone: 906-884-6165<br>[https://ontonagonmuseum.org/ Website]
 
*[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]
 
*[http://hometownchronicles.com/mi/ontonagon/ USGenWeb project.] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county.
 
*{{FHL|Michigan%2C+Ontonagon|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}
 
*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/MI/Ontonagon-County.htm Ontonagon County MI Genealogy] (Michigan Genealogy)
 
  
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== Websites ==
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/michigan/ontonagon-county/ Ontonagon County, MI History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[http://hometownchronicles.com/mi/ontonagon/ USGenWeb project.] May have maps, name indexes, history or other information for this county. Part of [http://www.migenweb.org/ MI GenWeb].
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/MI/Ontonagon-County.htm Ontonagon County MI Genealogy] (ldsgenealogy.com)
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*{{FHL Place IDNum|200221|Michigan|Ontonagon}} – The FamilySearch catalog contains descriptions and access information for all genealogical materials (including books, online materials, microfilm, microfiche, and publications) in their collection.  Use [https://familysearch.org/search/ Historical Records] to search for specific individuals in genealogical records.
  
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Revision as of 17:15, 10 May 2021

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

County Facts
County seat: Ontonagon
Organized: January 1, 1853
Parent County(s): Chippewa, Mackinac[1]
Neighboring Counties
Gogebic  • Houghton  • Iron
See County Maps
Courthouse
Michigan, Ontonagon County Courthouse.png
Location Map
Michigan, Ontonagon County Locator Map.png
Adoption

County Information[edit | edit source]

Description[edit | edit source]

The County was named for the Ontonagon River. The County is located in the northwest area of the state.[2]

County Courthouse[edit | edit source]

Ontonagon County Courthouse
725 Greenland Road
Ontonagon, MI 49953
Phone: 906-884-4255
Ontonagon County Website

County Clerk has birth records, death records from 1868, marriage records from 1861, divorce court records from 1854, land records from 1850.
Probate Court has probate records.
Cemetery Associations have burial records.[3]

Ontonagon 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
1868 1861 1868 1854 1850 1853 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]

Villages
Unincorporated communities
Census-designated places
Townships
Ghost towns


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 Ontonagon 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.
1850 389
1860 4,568 1074.3%
1870 2,845 −37.7%
1880 2,565 −9.8%
1890 3,756 46.4%
1900 6,197 65.0%
1910 8,650 39.6%
1920 12,428 43.7%
1930 11,114 −10.6%
1940 11,359 2.2%
1950 10,282 −9.5%
1960 10,584 2.9%
1970 10,548 −0.3%
1980 9,861 −6.5%
1990 8,854 −10.2%
2000 7,818 −11.7%
2010 6,780 −13.3%
Source: "Wikipedia.org".


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 Ontonagon County courthouse and where records are currently housed.

Local Histories[edit | edit source]

Local histories are available for Ontonagon 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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Click a neighboring county
for more resources

Migration[edit | edit source]

Military Records[edit | edit source]

Civil War
Civil War service men from Ontonagon 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 Ontonagon County.

World War I

Naturalization and Citizenship[edit | edit source]

Newspapers[edit | edit source]

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 Probate Indexes and Records

School Records[edit | edit source]

Social Security Records[edit | edit source]

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]

Listed below are archives in Ontonagon County. For state-wide archival repositories, see Michigan Archives and Libraries.

Family History Centers[edit | edit source]

Family History Center and Affiliate Library Locator map - search for local Family History Centers or Affiliate Libraries

  • 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 Affiliate Libraries

Libraries[edit | edit source]

Listed below are libraries in Ontonagon County. For state-wide library facilities, see Michigan Archives and Libraries.

Museums[edit | edit source]

Ontonagon County Historical Museum
422 River Street /PO Box 92
Ontonagon, MI 49953
Phone: 906-884-6165
Website Facebook

Societies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are societies in Ontonagon County. For state-wide genealogical societies, see Michigan Societies.
Ontonagon County Genealogy Society
PO Box 258
Ontonagon MI 49953
E-mail:dahlstrm@jamadots.com
Website

Ontonagon County Historical Society
422 River Street /PO Box 92
Ontonagon, MI 49953
Phone: 906-884-6165
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, "Ontonagon 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, "Ontonagon County, Michigan," in Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia, wikipedia accessed 09 November 2019.