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Baraga County, Michigan
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Baraga County, Michigan Facts

Baraga County

When was Baraga County, MI Created?
Baraga County was created on February 19 1875 (Organized on February 19 1875) from Houghton County. This county was named for Frederic Baraga (1797-1868): Catholic missionary and first Bishop of the Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie.

What is the County Seat of Baraga County, MI?
The County Seat is located in L'Anse also, the county government website is

What counties are adjacent to Baraga County, MI?
Bordering Counties are Marquette County (east), Iron County (south), Houghton County (west).

What cities and towns are in Baraga County, MI?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Baraga, L'Anse.

What Townships are in Baraga County, MI?
Townships located in the County include  Arvon, Baraga, Covington, L'Anse, Spurr.

Baraga County, MI Vital Records

Where can find Baraga County Birth, marriage, Divorce and Death Records?
Baraga 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 Baraga 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.

Baraga County, MI Census Records

What Baraga County, MI census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Baraga County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Baraga Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1880. Baraga Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1880. Baraga Co. Union Veterans Schedules is available for 1890. One can find free online and printable census forms to help you with your research. See Also Michigan Census Records Research Guide

Baraga County, MI Courthouse and Government Records

Baraga County Courthouse

What genealogical records can I find in the Baraga County Courthouse?
The below facts shows exactly what death, marriage, birth, property, wills, and court records are typically in Baraga County. The years listed below are the first noted records with this county. See Also Michigan Corthouse Records Research Guide.

  • Baraga County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 16 North Third Street L'Anse MI 49946
  • Baraga 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. Baraga County Clerk Information for Genealogists
    • Phone: 906-524-6183
    • Births & Deaths: 1875
    • Marriage Records: 1875
  • Baraga 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) 524-6183
    • Land Records: 1875
  • Baraga 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) 524-6390
    • Probate Records: 1876
  • Baraga 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) 524-6183
    • Court Records: 1875 
  • Michigan Land Records
  • Michigan Probate Records 1797-1973  
  • BLM Land Records

Baraga County, MI Societies and Family History Resources

What genealogical and historical societies, archives, museums, associations and libraries are available for Baraga County, MI?
A list of Baraga County Historical  and Genealogical Societies, Libraries, Archives. See also list of Statewide Michigan Archives, Historical & Genealogical Societies.

Where can I connect with other Baraga County, MI Researchers through message boards and forums?

What other genealogical resources are available in Baraga County, MI?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Baraga 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.

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Baraga Co. MI Cemeteries & Church Records

Baraga Co. MI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

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Baraga Co. MI Immigration & Naturalization

Baraga Co. MI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Baraga Co. MI Military Records

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