Caretakers of the past, stewards of the future
Advice for Genealogists
Are you looking for genealogical Information about your family?
Each week the Keweenaw County Historical Society receives requests via our website for help in locating information concerning someone’s family genealogy. Unfortunately the Keweenaw County Historical Society Archives have no records that are helpful to genealogists. We have no employment records, birth or death records, tax records, etc. Also, the church records for most of our local historic churches, including the churches in Phoenix and Central, are missing. However we work with several other organizations in the area that have helped individuals in the past. Some of these provide the materials and you must do the research while others also have a list of local researchers who will do the research for a fee. Here is a summary of some of the organizations and their website address:
The Houghton-Keweenaw County Genealogical Society, http://www.hkcgs.org
The J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library, University Archives and Historical Collections, (commonly known as The MTU Archives), http://www.mtu.edu/library/archives/
The Archives of the Keweenaw National Historical Park, https://www.nps.gov/kewe/learn/historyculture/collections.htm
The Archives of Finlandia University, located at the Finish American Heritage Center, http://www.finlandia.edu/fahc/archive/
As for Keweenaw County tax records, some of the records are in the County Court House in Eagle River and some are in the Archives at Michigan Tech.
We hope that helps you on your quest.
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The Keweenaw County Historical Society’s Board of Directors will follow the COVID-19 Epidemic Orders issued by the State of Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services. These public health orders are updated as needed, so KCHS may need to change access to buildings and events.
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