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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Michigan]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Alger County'''  
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''[[United States Genealogy|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Michigan Genealogy|Michigan]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Alger County'''  
 
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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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Guide to '''Alger County, Michigan ancestry, family history, and genealogy''' birth records, marriage records, death records, census records, family history, and military records.
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{{Click|Image:MI_ORP.png|Michigan Online Genealogy Records}}
 
{{Infobox U.S. County  
 
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| building address =  Alger County Courthouse<br>101 Court St.<br>Munising, MI 49862<br>Phone: (906) 387-2076<br>[http://www.algercourthouse.com/ '''Alger County Website'''] }}  
 
| building address =  Alger County Courthouse<br>101 Court St.<br>Munising, MI 49862<br>Phone: (906) 387-2076<br>[http://www.algercourthouse.com/ '''Alger County Website'''] }}  
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=== County Information  ===
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==== Alger County, Michigan Record Dates  ====
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| width="100%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" colspan="6" | <center>'''Beginning Dates for Major County Records'''<ref>Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 369-384. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992</ref></center>
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Alger County, Michigan Genealogy#Vital_Records|Birth]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Alger County, Michigan Genealogy#Vital_Records|Marriage]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Alger County, Michigan Genealogy#Vital_Records|Death]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Alger County, Michigan Genealogy#Census|Census]]'''
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | [[Alger County, Michigan Genealogy#Land|'''Land''']]
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| width="16.6%" bgcolor="#e4d8e5" align="center" | '''[[Alger County, Michigan Genealogy#Probate|Probate]]'''
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1884
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1887
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1884
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| width="16.6%" align="center" | 1884
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== County Courthouse  ==
 
== County Courthouse  ==
  
<br>County Clerk has birth, death and land records from 1884, <br>marriage records from 1887, divorce and court records from 1885. <br>Probate Court has probate records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alger County, Michigan page 343, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
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<br>[http://www.algercourthouse.com/CountyClerk/index.html County Clerk] has birth, death and land records from 1884, <br>marriage records from 1887, divorce and court records from 1885. <br>[http://www.algercourthouse.com/ProbateCourt/index.html Probate Court] has probate records.<ref name="HBG">''Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'', 10th ed. (Draper, Utah: Everton Pub., 2002), Alger County, Michigan page 343, {{WorldCat|50140092|disp=At various libraries (WorldCat)}}; {{FHL|1049485|item|disp=FHL Book 973 D27e 2002}}.</ref>  
  
 
== History  ==
 
== History  ==
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==== Parent County  ====
 
==== Parent County  ====
  
'''1885--'''Alger County was created 17 March 1885&nbsp;from [[Schoolcraft County, Michigan|Schoolcraft]] County.<br>'''County seat:&nbsp;''' Munising <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
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'''1885--'''Alger County was created 17 March 1885&nbsp;from [[Schoolcraft County, Michigan Genealogy|Schoolcraft]] County.<br>'''County seat:&nbsp;''' Munising <ref name="Handybook">''The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America'',10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).</ref>  
  
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
 
==== Boundary Changes  ====
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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  ====
 
==== Record Loss  ====
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== Places/Localities  ==
 
== Places/Localities  ==
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==== Neighboring Counties  ====
 
==== Neighboring Counties  ====
  
*[[Delta County, Michigan|Delta]]  
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[[Delta County, Michigan Genealogy|Delta]] {{•}} [[Luce County, Michigan Genealogy|Luce]] {{•}} [[Marquette County, Michigan Genealogy|Marquette]] {{•}} [[Schoolcraft County, Michigan Genealogy|Schoolcraft]]  
*[[Luce County, Michigan|Luce]]  
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<center>{{MIAlger County, Michigan Clickable Neighbors}}</center>
*[[Marquette County, Michigan|Marquette]]  
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*[[Schoolcraft County, Michigan|Schoolcraft]]
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== Resources  ==
 
== Resources  ==
  
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==== Census  ====
 
==== Census  ====
  
Available at [http://www.uproc.lib.mi.us/mspl '''Munising School Public Library'''] 810 State Hwy. M-28 West, Ste. A<br>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 &amp; Potawatomi] 1938-1940  
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Available at [http://www.uproc.lib.mi.us/mspl '''Munising School Public Library'''] 810 State Hwy. M-28 West, Ste. A<br>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 &amp; Potawatomi] 1938-1940
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''' State Census'''
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*'''1894''' - {{RecordSearch|1825187|Michigan State Census, 1894}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index
  
==== Church ====
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==== Church ====
  
{{MI Church Intro}}
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{{MI Church Intro}}  
  
 
==== Court  ====
 
==== Court  ====
  
==== Land ====
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==== Emigration and Immigration ====
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*'''1929 - 1966''' {{RecordSearch|2426314|Michigan, Crew Lists for various ports, 1929-1966}} at [https://familysearch.org/search FamilySearch] — index and images
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==== Land ====
  
 
{{MI Land Intro}}
 
{{MI Land Intro}}
  
==== Local Histories ====
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==== Local Histories ====
  
{{MI History Intro}}
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{{MI History Intro}}  
  
 
==== Maps  ====
 
==== Maps  ====
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[[Image:Mialger.jpg|600px|Mialger.jpg]]
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*[http://www.mapofus.org/michigan/ Maps of Michigan (1790-1897)]
  
 
==== Military  ====
 
==== Military  ====
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*WRIGHT'S ILLUSTRATED WEEKLY (1923-1928)<br>
 
*WRIGHT'S ILLUSTRATED WEEKLY (1923-1928)<br>
  
==== Probate ====
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{{MI Newspaper abstracts|Alger}}
  
{{MI Probate Intro|Alger}}
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==== Obituaries ====
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*'''1820-2006''' - {{RecordSearch|2215693|Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006}} at [https://familysearch.org/search| FamilySearch] — index and images
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==== Probate  ====
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{{MI Probate Intro|Alger}}  
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'''Online Probate Records'''
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*'''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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*'''1797 – 1973''' {{RecordSearch|2013878|Michigan Probate Records 1797-1973}} at [https://familysearch.org FamilySearch] — images
  
 
==== Schools  ====
 
==== Schools  ====
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{{MI Vital Intro}}  
 
{{MI Vital Intro}}  
  
*'''Michigan Birth Registrations, 1867-1902&nbsp;-- '''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.  
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See also [http://www.genealogyinc.com/michigan/mi-vital-records/ How to order Michigan Vital Records]
*'''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.  
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*'''Michigan Death Registrations, 1867-1897'''&nbsp;<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1236870413453_862" /><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1236870413453_263" />&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.
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*'''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.  
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=====Marriage=====
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*'''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.
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*'''1867-1897''' - [https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1452402 Michigan Death Registrations, 1867-1897] --&nbsp;<span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1236870413453_862" /><span id="fck_dom_range_temp_1236870413453_263" />&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  ==
 
== Societies and Libraries  ==
  
[http://www.geocities.com/heartland/plains/5666/Alger.html '''Alger County Historical Society''']<br>P.O. Box 201<br>Munising, MI 49862  
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'''Alger County Historical Society'''<br>P.O. Box 201<br>Munising, MI 49862<br>
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[http://www.hsmichigan.org/resources/local-historical-organizations/alger-county-historical-society/ Website]<br><br>
  
This website provides online searchable databases for Alger County cemetery, census, and marriage records.  
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'''Grand Marais Historical Society'''br>P.O. Box 179 <br>Grand Marais, MI 49839<br>
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[http://historicalsociety.grandmaraismichigan.com/ Website]<br><br>
  
[http://historicalsociety.grandmaraismichigan.com/ '''Grand Marais Historical Society''']<br>P.O. Box 179 <br>Grand Marais, MI 49839
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'''Alger County Historical Society'''<br> P.O. 1496 Washington St.<br> Munising, MI 49862<br>Telephone Number: 906-387-4308 <br> Fax:906-387-4188<br>E-mail:[mailto:algerchs@jamadots.com]<br>[http://www.hsmichigan.org/resources/local-historical-organizations/alger-county-historical-society/ Website]<br><br>
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/michigan/mi-society-archive/ List of Michigan Archives, Libraries, Publications, Historical and Genealogical Societies]
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
 
==== Family History Centers<br>  ====
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{{FamilySearch Centers Intro}}
  
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
 
*[[Introduction to LDS Family History Centers]]
  
== Web Sites<br> ==
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== Web Sites  ==
  
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*[http://www.genealogyinc.com/michigan/alger-county/ Alger County, MI History, Records, Facts and Genealogy]
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*[https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/117010845362856133445 Michigan Genealogy Network Community on Google+]
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*[https://www.facebook.com/groups/241315555879711/ Michigan Genealogy Network Group on Facebook]
 
*[http://alger.migenweb.net/ The Alger County MIGenWeb Project], an member of [[MIGenWeb|The MIGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
 
*[http://alger.migenweb.net/ The Alger County MIGenWeb Project], an member of [[MIGenWeb|The MIGenWeb Project]], an affiliate of [[USGenWeb|The USGenWeb Project]].  
*{{FHL|Michigan%2C+Alger|subject|disp=Family History Library Catalog}}
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*{{FHL|Michigan%2C+Alger|subject|disp=FamilySearch Catalog}}  
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*[http://ldsgenealogy.com/MI/Alger-County.htm Alger County MI Genealogy] (Michigan Genealogy)
  
 
== References  ==
 
== References  ==

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United States Gotoarrow.png Michigan Gotoarrow.png Alger County

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

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


County Information

Alger County, Michigan Record Dates

Beginning Dates for Major County Records[1]
Birth Marriage Death Census Land Probate
1884 1887 1884 1820 1884 1889

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.[2]

History

Parent County

1885--Alger County was created 17 March 1885 from Schoolcraft County.
County seat:  Munising [3]

Boundary Changes

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

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

Places/Localities

Populated Places

Neighboring Counties

Delta  • Luce  • Marquette  • Schoolcraft

Alger CountyBaraga CountyDoor CountyDoor CountyHoughton CountyKeweenaw CountyOntonagon CountyGogebic CountyIron CountyDickinson CountyDelta CountySchoolcraft CountyLuce CountyMackinac CountyFlorence CountyOconto CountyLanglade CountyOneida CountyVilas CountyForest CountyMarinette CountyMenominee CountyMarquette CountyMIAlger.JPG


Resources

Cemeteries

Census

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

State Census

Church

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

Emigration and Immigration

Land

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.

Maps

Mialger.jpg

Military

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.

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Newspapers

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:

  • 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)
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:

Obituaries

Probate

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.

Online Probate Records

Schools

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

  • Munising High School Yearbooks & Senior Photos

Taxation

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.

See also How to order Michigan Vital Records

Birth
Marriage
  • 1868-1925 - 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.
Death
  • 1867-1897 - 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
Website

Grand Marais Historical Societybr>P.O. Box 179
Grand Marais, MI 49839
Website

Alger County Historical Society
P.O. 1496 Washington St.
Munising, MI 49862
Telephone Number: 906-387-4308
Fax:906-387-4188
E-mail:[1]
Website


Family History Centers

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. See Family History Center for more information. Search the online FHC directory for a nearby family history center.


Web Sites

References

  1. Alice Eichholz, Ancestry’s Red Book: American State, County and Town Sources, Revised ed. (Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1992), 369-384. At various libraries (WorldCat); FHL Book 973 D27rb 1992
  2. 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.
  3. The Handybook for Genealogists: United States of America,10th ed. (Draper, UT:Everton Publishers, 2002).