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Houghton County was founded 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) .
Incorporated Cities & Villages located in Houghton County include Hancock, Houghton, Calumet, Copper City, Lake Linden, Laurium, South Range.
Townships located in Houghton County include Adams, Calumet, Chassell, Duncan, Elm River, Franklin, Hancock, Laird, Osceola, Portage, Quincy, Schoolcraft, Stanton, Torch Lake.
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 consists of Federal Census Schedules to guide in looking into your family tree. Federal Population Schedules can be found 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.
A list of Houghton County Historical and Genealogical Societies, Forums, Message Boards, Libraries, Archives.
Genealogist often overlook the importance of Houghton 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 Houghton 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 Houghton County. The dates pointed out below are considered the first known records with this county.
Some early records prior to organization on May 18, 1846 may be located in Chippewa County
The following are links to Genealogy and family history, Records and Resources related 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. Feel free to provide your own most liked Houghton County genealogy or family history associated sites.