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

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Alger County, Michigan
Map of the U.S. highlighting Michigan
Location of Michigan in the U.S.
Founded 17 March, 1885
County Seat Munising
Address Alger County Courthouse
101 Court St.
Munising, MI 49862
Phone: (906) 387-2076
Alger County Website


County Courthouse

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.[1]


Parent County

1885--Alger County was created 17 March 1885 from Schoolcraft County.
County seat:  Munising [2]

Boundary Changes

Record Loss


Populated Places

Neighboring Counties




Available at Munising School Public Library 810 State Hwy. M-28 West, Ste. A
Munising, MI 49862 *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


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.



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

Local histories are available for Alger 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.



Civil War

Civil War service men from Alger 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 Alger County.



Available at Munising School Public Library
810 State Hwy. M-28 West, Ste. A
Munising, MI 49862

  • 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:


Grand Marais

  • GRAND MARAIS GAZETTE (1994-2004)
  • GRAND MARAIS HERALD (1899, 1903, 1905, 1910)


  • CLOVERLAND FARMER (1915-1923)
  • LAKE SUPERIOR BREEZE (1906-1907)
  • LAKE SUPERIOR PILOT (1901-1901)
  • MUNISING NEWS (1898-1899, 1901, 1904-1939, 1989-1991)
Finding More Michigan Newspapers

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


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, Alger and search for Probate records in the list.

Note: Not every county in Michigan will have Probate Records in the FamilySearch Catalog.


Munising School Public Library
810 State Hwy. M-28 West, Ste. A
Munising, MI 49862

  • Munising High School Yearbooks & Senior Photos


Vital Records

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.

  • Michigan Birth Registrations, 1867-1902 -- Free name indexes and images at FamilySearch. Records include such information as name of child, birthdate and place, if still-born, illegitimate or twin, gender, race and record number.
  • Michigan Marriage Registrations, 1868-1925 -- Free name indexes at FamilySearch.  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.
  • Michigan Death Registrations, 1867-1897  Free name indexes and images at FamilySearch.   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

Alger County Historical Society
P.O. Box 201
Munising, MI 49862

This website provides online searchable databases for Alger County cemetery, census, and marriage records.

Grand Marais Historical Society
P.O. Box 179
Grand Marais, MI 49839

Family History Centers

Web Sites


  1. Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America, 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alger County, Michigan page 343, At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27e 2002.
  2. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).


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