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Iron County, Michigan
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Iron County, Michigan Facts

Iron County

When was Iron County, MI Created?
Iron County was created on April 3, 1885 from Marquette County and Menominee County. This county was named for the iron deposits and mines found in the county.

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

What counties are adjacent to Iron County, MI?
Bordering Counties are Houghton County (north), Baraga County (north), Marquette County (northeast), Ontonagon County (northwest), Dickinson County (east), Gogebic County (west) Florence County, Wisconsin (southeast), Forest County, Wisconsin (south) Vilas County, Wisconsin (southwest).

What cities and towns are in Iron County, MI?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Caspian, Crystal Falls, Gaastra, Iron River, Alpha.

What Townships are in Iron County, MI?
Townships located in the County include  Bates, Crystal Falls, Hematite, Iron River, Mansfield, Mastodon, Stambaugh.

Iron County, MI Vital Records

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

Iron County, MI Census Records

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

Iron 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

Iron County, MI Courthouse and Government Records

Iron County Courthouse

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

  • Iron County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 2 South Sixth Street, Crystal Falls, MI 49920
  • Iron 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. Iron County Clerk Information for Genealogists
    • Phone: 906-875-3221
    • Births & Deaths: 1895
    • Marriage Records: 1895
  • Iron 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) 875-3321
    • Land Records: 1855
  • Iron 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) 875-0659
    • Probate Records: 1886 
  • Iron 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) 875-3673
    • Court Records: 1895
  • Michigan Land Records
  • Michigan Probate Records 1797-1973  
  • BLM Land Records

Iron County, MI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

What other genealogical resources are available in Iron County, MI?
The following are web links to Genealogy, Records and Resources pertaining to Iron 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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Iron Co. MI Cemeteries & Church Records

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Iron Co. MI Military Records

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