Alger County, Michigan
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Alger County

Alger County was founded on March 17 1885 from Schoolcraft County. This county was named for Russell A. Alger (1836-1907):Governor of Michigan; Senator; and Secretary of War during the McKinley Administration.

The Alger County Seat is located in Munising also, the county government website is www.algercourthouse.com/.

Counties bordering Alger County Luce County (east), Schoolcraft County (southeast), Delta County (south), Marquette County (west)..

Incorporated Cities & Villages located in Alger County include  Munising, Chatham.

Townships located in Alger County include  Au Train, Burt, Grand Island, Limestone, Mathias, Munising, Onota, Rock River.

Alger County vital records can be found at the Michigan Office of Vital Records has copies of birth, marriage, divorce and death records since 1867. There is a fee for each copy requested. Please refer to the information to the Statewide Vital Records in Michigan for current fees and application process.

You can search online for Alger County Birth, Marriage, Divorce or Death Records. You can also Order Electronically Online or can download an application for Michigan Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate, Divorce Certificate, Death Certificate Applications to mail.

Alger County consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found for 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Alger Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research.

Alger County Societies and Family History Resources

A list of Alger County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.

Alger County Courthouse and Government Records


Alger County Courthouse

Genealogist often overlook the importance of Alger County court, probate, and land records as a source of genealogy and family history information. Hidden away in Michigan courthouses and archives just about everywhere tend to be the hopes and dreams and worries of countless Michigan citizens.

The chances are very good that your potential ancestors and forefathers have left a in-depth document of at least several elements of their lives in the Alger County court records. Even if your ancestors and forefathers is not discussed in a Court case, consider all of the other procedures which may have lead to her or him showing up in court records.

The following specifics indicates exactly what birth, death, marriage, property, probate, and legal records are in Alger County. The dates pointed out below are considered the first known records with this county.

You need to contact the clerk's office to verify hours, mailing address, fees and other details prior to visiting or seeking information because of in some cases changing contact info. The Department Offices DO NOT DO RESEARCH. The records and documents are readily available to interested parties, barring private issues. Most staff will guide persons in locating the resources, but it's up to the man or women to carry out the researching.
  • Alger County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 101 Court Street Munising MI 49862
  • Alger County Clerk is responsible for keeping records of births, deaths, assumed names, co-partnerships, issuing and filing marriage licenses, gun permits, notary bonds and processing passports. The date listed for each category of record is the earliest record known to exist in that county. It does not indicate that there are numerous records for that year and certainly does not indicate that all such events that year were actually registered. Alger County Clerk Information for Genealogists
    • Phone: 906-387-2076
    • Births & Deaths: 1884
    • Marriage Records: 1887
  • Alger County Register of Deeds is the official recording officer for all legal documents pertaining to the transfers and encumbrances of all real estate property within the County. The Register also provides permanent storage for approved original subdivision plats, condominiums, land surveys and section corners.
    • Phone: (906)387-2076
    • Land Records: 1884
  • Alger County Clerk of the Probate Court responsibilities include adjudicating and disposes of cases involving property of persons who have died or become incompetent, interprets wills and trusts, commits the mentally ill when necessary and appoints guardians and conservators for minors, incapacitated individuals and individuals with developmental disability.
    • Phone: (906) 387-2080
    • Probate Records: 1889 
  • Alger County Clerk of the Circuit Court provides a variety of functions for the court such as, but not limited to: filing and maintaing the official record for all cases that come before the court; providing staff to assist in the operation of the court; working with the Jury Commission and notifying all potential jurors to appear for jury duty; and, processing felony criminal cases bound over from the District Court.
    • Phone: (906) 387-3879
    • Court Records: 1885 

Alger County Links

The following are links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources related to Alger County. Most of these genealogy links fall into 3 categories: Commercial Sites, Private Sites or Organization Sites. Some have free access some have to have a fee. This is just a list that has been compiled or submitted. I do not endorse or promote one genealogy site above another. Feel free to provide your own most liked Alger County genealogy or family history associated sites.

Alger Co. MI Books, Newspapers & Publications

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Alger Co. MI Census Records

Alger Co. MI Cemeteries & Graveyards

Alger Co. MI Church & Bible Records

Alger Co. MI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

Alger Co. MI General and History Websites

Alger Co. MI Immigration & Naturalization

Alger Co. MI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Alger Co. MI Military Records

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