Baraga County, Michigan
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Baraga County

Baraga County was founded 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.

The Baraga County Seat is located in L'Anse also, the county government website is www.baragacounty.org/.

Counties bordering Baraga County Marquette County (east), Iron County (south), Houghton County (west).

Incorporated Cities & Villages located in Baraga County include  Baraga, L'Anse.

Townships located in Baraga County include  Arvon, Baraga, Covington, L'Anse, Spurr.

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 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.

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.

Baraga County Societies and Family History Resources

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

Baraga County Courthouse and Government Records


Baraga County Courthouse

Genealogist often overlook the importance of Baraga 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 Baraga 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 Baraga County. The dates pointed out below are considered the first known records with this county.

  • 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 

Baraga County Links

The following are links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources related 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. Feel free to provide your own most liked Baraga County genealogy or family history associated sites.

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