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Houghton County, Michigan
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Houghton County, Michigan Facts

Houghton County

When was Houghton County, MI Created?
Houghton County was created on March 19, 1845 (Organized on May 18, 1846) from Marquette County and Ontonagon County. This county was named for Dr. Douglass Houghton (1809-1845), first stategeologist of Michigan, physician and surgeon, mayor of Detroit (1842-1843) .

What is the County Seat of Houghton County, MI?
The County Seat is located in Houghton also, the county government website is

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

What cities and towns are in Houghton County, MI?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Hancock, Houghton, Calumet, Copper City, Lake Linden, Laurium, South Range.

What Townships are in Houghton County, MI?
Townships located in the County include  Adams, Calumet, Chassell, Duncan, Elm River, Franklin, Hancock, Laird, Osceola, Portage, Quincy, Schoolcraft, Stanton, Torch Lake.

Houghton County, MI Vital Records

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

Houghton County, MI Census Records

What Houghton County, MI census records are available?
There are many types of census records for Houghton County guide you in researching your family tree. Federal Population Schedules are available for 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 (free index), 1890 (fragment), 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940.

Houghton Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Houghton Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880. Houghton 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

Houghton County, MI Courthouse and Government Records

Houghton County Courthouse

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

  • Houghton County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 401 E. Houghton Avenue, Houghton, MI 49931
  • Houghton 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. Houghton County Clerk Information for Genealogists
    • Phone: 906-482-1150
    • Births & Deaths: 1867
    • Marriage Records: 1855
  • Houghton 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: 906.482.1311
    • Land Records: 1848
  • Houghton 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: 906.482.3120
    • Probate Records: 1872
  • Houghton 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: 906.482.5420
    • Court Records: 1848 
  • Michigan Land Records
  • Michigan Probate Records 1797-1973  
  • BLM Land Records

Houghton County, MI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Houghton Co. MI Books, Newspapers & Publications

Houghton Co. MI Cemeteries & Church Records

Houghton Co. MI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

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Houghton Co. MI Immigration & Naturalization

Houghton Co. MI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Houghton Co. MI Military Records

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