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Keweenaw County, Michigan
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Keweenaw County, Michigan Facts

Keweenaw County

When was Keweenaw County, MI Created?
Keweenaw County was created on March 11, 1861 from Houghton County. This county was named for the Ojibwe word gakiiwe-wewaning meaning portage.

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

What counties are adjacent to Keweenaw County, MI?
Bordering Counties are Houghton County.

What cities and towns are in Keweenaw County, MI?
Cities and towns located in the County include  Ahmeek.

What Townships are in Keweenaw County, MI?
Townships located in the County include  Allouez, Eagle Harbor, Grant, Houghton, Sherman.

Keweenaw County, MI Vital Records

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

Keweenaw County, MI Census Records

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

Keweenaw Co. Mortality Schedules can be found for 1870 and 1880. Keweenaw Co. Industry and Agriculture can be obtained for 1870 and 1880. Keweenaw 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

Keweenaw County, MI Courthouse and Government Records

Keweenaw County Courthouse

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

  • Keweenaw County Courthouse (all departments listed below are located here unless otherwise noted)
    • Address: 5095 4th St., Eagle River, MI 49950
  • Keweenaw 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. Keweenaw County Clerk Information for Genealogists
    • Phone: 906-337-2229
    • Births & Deaths: 1869
    • Marriage Records: 1869
  • Keweenaw 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) 337-2229
    • Land Records: 1861
  • Keweenaw 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) 337-1927
    • Probate Records: 1866 
  • Keweenaw 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) 337-2229
    • Court Records: 1861 
  • Michigan Land Records
  • Michigan Probate Records 1797-1973  
  • BLM Land Records

Keweenaw County, MI Societies and Family History Resources

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

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

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

Keweenaw Co. MI Books, Newspapers & Publications

Keweenaw Co. MI Cemeteries & Church Records

Keweenaw Co. MI Family Websites, Pictures & Histories

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Keweenaw Co. MI Immigration & Naturalization

Keweenaw Co. MI Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers

Keweenaw Co. MI Military Records

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