Looking for information from a specific county? Below is a list of genealogical societies and historical museums around the UP.



Alger County Historical Society

1496 Washington St.
Munising, MI 49862

Mary Jo Cook, President
Phone: (906) 387-4308
Fax: (906) 387-4188
E-mail: algerchs@jamadots.com

Grand Marais Historical Society

Pat Munger, Historical Society President

Phone: (906)-494-2404

Munising Schools Public Library
810 State Hwy. M-28 West, Ste. A
Munising, MI 49862

Lisa Cromwell, Director

Phone: (906)387-2152

E-mail: mspl@msplonline.org

Munising News 1896-current; Munising Republican, 1892-1902; Cloverland Farmer 1915-1923; Sunday Morning Star, 1890-1891; Weekly Tribune, June-Dec 1893; Manistique Courier 1896-1899; Schoolcraft County Pioneer, 1880-1896; Semi-Weekly Pioneer, 1886-1888; Manistique Tri-Weekly Pioneer, 1888-1892; Tri-Weekly Pioneer 1892-1894; Semi-weekly Pioneer, 1894-1895; Manistique Tribune 1896-1899; Grand Marais Pilot and Pictured Rocks Review 1971-1974; Alger County Republican 1888-1903; Alger County Independent, 1938-1940; Wrights Weekly, 1924-1928; Lake Superior Breeze, 1906-1907; Lake Superior Pilot, 1901; Grand Marais Gazette, 1994-2004; Grand Marais Herald, 1895-1910; Munising High School Yearbooks, Senior Photos; United States Census: Schoolcraft County 1850-1910; Alger County 1900-1920; Territory 1820-1840; Michigan Indian Census: Bay Mills [Chippewa] Great Lakes 1935-1937; Great Lakes [Chippewa & Potawatomi] 1938-1940


Baraga County Historical Museum

P.O. Box 567
Baraga, MI 49908

Phone: (906)353-8444
Email:  baragacountyhistory@gmail.com

The Baraga County Historical Museum has a complete record of all births, marriages, and deaths in Baraga County from 1875 to the 1950s.  Records prior to 1875 can be found in Houghton County. The museum also has a large photograph collection, which includes a photo scrapbook of all babies who were born in Mrs. Strieter's birthing home. This book has been badly vandalized and is not available to the general public for review; however, Museum volunteers will search it for you.


Chippewa County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 2015
Sault Sainte Marie, MI 49783

This website has articles, biographies, births, cemetery records, censuses, deaths, naturalization records, obituaries, surname lists, and voter lists for Chippewa County, Sault Sainte Marie, and Sugar Island.

Chippewa County Historical Society

115 Ashmun Street
Sault Sainte Marie, MI 49783


PO Box 342
Sault Saint Marie, MI 49783

Phone:  (906)635-7082
Email: cchs@sault.com

DeTour Passage Historical Museum

P. O. Box 111
DeTour Village, MI 49725


104 Elizabeth Street
De Tour, MI 49725

Phone: (906)297-3404

Email: Ruth Ann Hubek: rahudak39@yahoo.com

The museum features displays relating to early marine operations, social and governmental activities, pioneer families, Native American history, churches, schools, business and life in the early years of the DeTour area.

Drummond Island Historical Museum
Phone: (906);493-5746

A museum with exhibits on the early settlers of Drummond Island, Native American history, Fort Drummond history and lumbering. Genealogy resources are limited.

Pickford Area Historical Society

175 E. Main St./P.O. Box 572 ,
Pickford, MI 49774

Phone: (906)647-1372; (906) 647-8533; (906) 297-3013

Kenneth J. Shouldice Library
906 Ryan Street
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

Phone: (906)635-2815

Special Collections areas are open for research by appointment, Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5 PM.

This collection documents Michigan from Indian occupation to the present with emphasis on the tri-county area of the Eastern Upper Peninsula. Included are documents and publications by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, pictures and photographs, information about Fort Brady, and a vertical file.

This collection consists of printed materials on the history of water transportation on the Great Lakes and material on individual vessels, including pictures, photographs, maps and vertical file.

The collection includes books on archeology and cultural history as well as an extensive collection of Native American, European and African artifacts.

Dedicated to the memory of this highly respected senator active in the senate during the 1960’s and 1970’s, this collection contains books by and about Senator Hart, as well as books covering issues that were important to him, i.e. civil rights, anti-trust enforcement, and environmental protection.

Some helpful resources are available. A bibliography is available from the Reference Desk.


Delta County Genealogical Society

16 Beaumier Way
Escanaba, MI 49829

Phone: (906)789-6790

Richard Reiffers: (906)233-9261 or (906)630-3520

Email: rgrpaperboy@earthlink.net

This website includes indexes to birth, marriage, divorce, death, cemetery, census, hospital, immigration, pioneer, newspaper, probate, veteran, and voter records for Delta County.

Delta County Historical Society
16 Beaumier Way
Escanaba, MI 49829

Phone: (906)789-6790

The Historical Society's archives has newspapers, city directories, yearbooks, early settlement literature, railroad literature, and more.


Dickinson County Genealogical Society

Dickinson County Genealogical Society
c/o Dickinson County Library
401 Iron Mountain Street
Iron Mountain, MI 48901

The website has city directories, gazeteers, marriage records, death records, cemetery records, and Menominee Range biographies. The Dickinson County Library has the federal census and local newspapers on microfilm.

Menominee Range Historical Foundation
300 E. Ludington Street
Iron Mountain, MI 49801

SEASONAL PHONE: (906)774-427

Call for hours of Operation and Admission Information. Holdings include biographical card file, photos, Hazel Dault’s extensive genealogy collection; original Iron Mountain Press/Iron Mountain News/Daily News 1897-1905, 1918- 1980; Norway Current 1887-1954; Polk City Directory, 1902-1903, 1913, 1963-2001 [not inclusive]; Civil War records; Sagola Township Meeting Minutes; Foster City articles; CCC [Civilian Conservation Corps] records; Health Records; Marriage Records 1914-1950 by Dickinson County Justice of the Peace.



Bruce K. Cox
408A Sunday Lake Street
P.O. Box 131
Wakefield, Michigan 49968

Books on local and regional mining history including names of mines and miners on the Gogebic Range, which included Iron, Ashland, Vilas and Bayfield Counties in Wisconsin, as well as Gogebic and Ontonagon Counties in Michigan.

Bessemer Area Historical Society
Bessemer Area Heritage Center
PO Box 148
Bessemer, MI 49911

Holdings include information and displays on logging, mining and mining deaths, the Gogebic County Poor House, local World War II deaths, and an incomplete set of city directories beginning from 1888: Gogebic Range Mining and Business Directory Gogebic County MI & Ashland Co. WI. (Iron County was not yet formed); the 1892 and 1912 Directories containing information about Ironwood, Michigan and Hurley, Wisconsin; the 1928, 1938 and 1947 contain both business and residential listings and also much information about the area including Ironwood , Ironwood Township, Erwin Township, Bessemer City, Puritan Loc., Bessemer, Bessemer Township, Marenisco Township, Carlson Township, Watersmeet Township, Wakefield, and Bergland Village & Township.

The Gogebic Range Genealogical Society
PO Box 23
Ironwood, MI 49938

The Ironwood Historical Society
Old Depot Museum
150 North Lowell
Ironwood, MI. 49938


Available is information about local mines and miners, and the Luther L. Wright High School.

The Marenisco Township has a link to records of the Marenisco Township Cemetery: http://www.marenisco.com/Cemetery.htm

Further information can be obtained at the Township Offices,
314 Hall St.
PO Box 198
Marenisco, MI 49947

Wakefield Historical Society
Esther Wacker
Gogebic County
306 Suday Lake Street
PO Box 114
Wakefield, MI 49968

PHONE:(906)224-8151        or        (906)224-1045


Houghton County Historical Society
5500 Highway M-26
PO Box 127
Lake Linden, Michigan 49945


Finnish American Heritage Center & Historical Archive (Finlandia University)
Finlandia Univesity
601 Quincy St.
Hancock, MI 49930

Director: James Kurtti
Archivist: Gary Kaunonen

FAX: (906) 487-7557
EMAIL: archives@finlandia.edu

A large assemblage of classical and folk music including selections by Finnish national composer Jean Sibelius and former Suomi College music director Martti Nisonen. The collection also contains film and video productions. The media formats contained within the collection range from phonograph records, reel-to-reels, cassette tapes, compact discs, film, VHS, Beta and digital video discs (DVD). A/V equipment for the various media formats is on site.

A very broad collection that includes microfilmed Finnish church records dating back to the late 16th century, Finnish American church records, local cemetery and funeral home records, historic photographs, church and temperance calendars, family histories, books, newspapers, obituary clippings and on-line subscription resources such as the Institute of Migration’s web site that has access to Finnish passenger and passport records.

This collection also includes non-Finnish American resources including hard copies of the Daily Mining Gazette, the Evening Copper Journal, Swedish-American resources and a Library Edition of Ancestry.com, which is open for public use on the Family History Computer.

This resource is divided into a unique organizational structure that suits the needs of a single-ethnic collection. Categories include Individual Donors, Family-Genealogy, Immigration-Folk Ways, Landscapes, and Organizational Culture.

The manuscripts portion contains minutes, financial ledgers and other unique, original and one of a kind material from various organizational groups and individuals associated with Finnish America. The newspapers and periodicals represent the vast cross-section of organizational culture that existed within Finnish America, including publications from the labor and political movements, cooperative movement, religious institutions and temperance movement. The Archive also has a number of current newsletters, newspapers and periodicals pertaining to Finnish North America.

Topics in this collection include, but are not limited to national, regional and local histories, folkways, Finnish design, Australian and Canadian Finns, Sami sociological studies and the Finnish Winter War.

Artifacts and associated material culture are stored in the archival and museum space. An exhibition area contains interpretive displays that feature elements of Finnish and Finnish American culture, heritage and history. Exhibits are rotated semi-annually. A companion guide to the museum exhibits is available in both English and Finnish.

This collection contains a valuable resource, the 1970s Oral History Project. An alphabetical index organized by interviewee exists for this project. Many of these interviews have been transcribed and include oral histories with immigrant and first generation “Finns.” This collection also contains first hand accounts of the Italian Hall Disaster and non-Finnish interviews with influential Copper Country residents such as William Parsons Todd and former Calumet Police Chief John Sullivan.

The vertical files are a hodgepodge of historical and current materials relating to Finnish and Finnish American culture, heritage and history. This collection contains such resources as historical ephemera, newspaper clippings, photo reproductions, advertising, announcements and copied articles.

Michigan Technological University
J. Robert Van Pelt Library
1400 Townsend Drive
Houghton, Michigan 49931-1295

FAX: (906) 487-2357
EMAIL: copper@mtu.edu

Early yearbooks from local high schools and Michigan Technological University, centennial books, and local history titles, as 1863-64 Michigan State Gazetteer and Business Directory; 1887-88 A.H. Holland’s Handbook and Guide to Hancock & Houghton, MI; 1891 Le Guide Francais des Etats-Unis (French Guide to the United States); 1910 Guide to the Italians of the Copper Country, published by the Italian Miner. Includes all of Houghton County. 1917-18 Polk's Michigan State Gazetteer including a business directory of Windsor and Walkerville, Ontario with latest map of Michigan, v.45 as well as Polk Directories Houghton and surrounding communities from 1837-1939 (non-inclusive); local and Upper Peninsula newspapers on microfilm; Reports of the Inspector of Mines regarding mining accident deaths in seven counties.

Three of the more important companies represented through large manuscript collections are the Copper Range Company, the Quincy Mining Company and the Calumet & Hecla Consolidated Mining Company. These three key collections, measuring well over 1200 cubic feet (excluding engineering drawings), include manuscript material concerning other enterprises subsumed in their operations and compliment smaller collections documenting hundreds of other Keweenaw mine, mill, and smelter operations. Mining collections contain many types of material of interest to historical researchers, including (but not limited to) records of capital stock and boards of directors, financial statements and accounting records, various sets of correspondence, underground survey documents and maps charting development work, ore production and shipment records, and personnel records, including employment and medical records. In conjunction with the department's books, clippings files, abstract files and graphic collections, these unique primary documents offer unique opportunities for research on individual mining ventures dating to the 1840's as well as broader historical analyses of the Lake Superior copper industry as a whole.

Among the many sets of documents in the collections are records of the Copper Range Railroad, Copper Range Motor Bus Company, and the Bosch Brewing Company. The Wesley Perron Collection includes photos and information about numerous area railroad companies, abstracted from a wide range of sources. Among the thousand items in the Roy Drier Collection are land, personal and business records from the R.S. Shelden Company and several other Keweenaw County businesses. Other industries are represented in collections like the Hamar Collection, with its maps, photos and personal recollections of the Worcester and Sturgeon River Lumber Companies.

In addition to corporate and business records, the Archives has also acquired a number of important collections of personal papers. One of these, the Brockway Family Collection, includes diaries-contained within the Brockway Diary Collection,  correspondence, and photographs describing the lives of Daniel and Lucena Brockway, two of Keweenaw County's early residents. Mrs. Brockway was one of the first white women to reside west of the Sault and her thirty diaries, dating from 1865 to 1897, reveal the day-to-day struggles of the earliest pioneers in the Lake Superior copper country.

Other collections of personal papers span a wide range of topical and temporal areas. The Hoffman Collection contains the personal correspondence of Dr. L.L. Hubbard, state geologist, professor and mine manager. The James Fisher Collection consists largely of his correspondence during a long association with the MTU campus. Fisher was very active with the school's alumni association and published a variety of material concerning the history of Michigan's Copper Country. The Scott Turner Collection charts his tenure as Director of the U.S. Bureau of Mines and also documents his management of the Longyear mining interests in Spitzbergen. Researchers interested in Isle Royale should examine the Ben Chenoweth Collection. The materials cover many aspects of the Lake Superior island, including prehistoric and historic mining sites, as well as fishing, lumbering, marine and tourism activities. Correspondence, personal recollections as well as historic documents, photographs and maps round out this collection.


The Harbour House Museum
17 North 4 th Street
PO Box 65
Crystal Falls, MI 49920


Local newspapers dating to 1887; 100 years of the Diamond Drill, the local weekly newspaper; scrapbooks covering World War II.

Iron County Historical Museum
100 Brady Ave.
Caspian, MI 49915

P.O. Box 272
Caspian, MI 49915

E-MAIL: info@ironcountyhistoricalmuseum.org

Census reels & CDs for Iron Co, some Caspian land, mining and logging informa­tion, newspapers (microfilm and bound copies), obituaries, information of various societies and churches, albums, telephone books, school yearbooks, photos and much more.

Iron County Genealogical Society
PO Box 272
Caspian, MI 49915

Meets monthly at:
West Iron District Library
116 W Genesee Street
Iron River, MI 49335



Keweenaw County Historical Society
670 Lighthouse Road
Eagle Harbor, MI 49950

The former St. Anne's Church served a primarily French-Canadian congregation from 1901 to 1966 when the building was deconsecrated and the congregation joined with St. Mary's, St. John's and St. Joseph's to form St. Paul the Apostle. The building was sold, used as an antique store and essentially neglected for nearly 30 years.  In 1994, R.V. Langseth, whose pastorate was Faith Lutheran Church, led a fund-raising effort to purchase the building.  Restoration/rescue began in the summer of 1994 and continues through volunteer efforts and donations.

KHC's direction is toward showcasing the roles of churches and ethnic organizations in the assimilation of immigrants into a community.  Those efforts are in the very beginning stages and will likely increase when all restoration efforts directed at making the building whole again are more complete.  


Luce-Mackinac County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 113
Engadine, MI 49827-0113

Holdings at either Engadine, Newberry or Curtis include: Durant Roll 1870, Ottawa Chippewa Indian Roll; 1910 Census of Mackinac Co, MI, 1920 Census of Mackinac Co, MI, 1920 Census of Chippewa Co, MI, 1920 Census of Emmet Co, MI (also parts of Eaton & Gratiot); Mackinac Co Cemeteries Index, Allenville, Gross Cap Cemeteries, Mackinac Island Cemetery, Sandtown and Woodlawn Cemeteries, Newton Twp Cemeteries, Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery – Engadine Index to the 11th US Census (1890) Mackinaw Co - Civil War Veterans & Widows; Luce-Mackinac Genealogical Society Surname Index; Publications: “100 Years of Luce County History,” “The Les Cheneaux Chronicles,” “Tahquamenon Country: A Look at Its Past,” “The Land of Indian Elik,” “History of the Northern Peninsula of Michigan,” “Ripples from the Breezes;” Newspaper Scrapbooks: Marriages, Anniversaries, School Reunions, "Looking Back", etc; Obituary File: St Ignace & Newberry Newspapers; Centennial Books for Engadine, Gulliver, Negaunee, Naubinway, Germfask, and Edmore; Publications: “Old Log School by the Lake,” “When Farmers Came to Seney,” “Lumberjacks and Other Stories,” “Simmons Woods Including Indian Alec,” “Newberry High School Yearbook 1920,” “Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery, Engadine MI,” “Luce-Mackinac Genealogical Society Newsletters,” “Index to 11th US Census (1890) Mackinac County, Michigan,” “Surname Index Vol I, 1984, “Surname Index Vol II, 1989,” “WW II Book by Gen. Marshall” (featuring a section on local involvement).

Luce County Historical Museum
411 West Harrie Street
P.O. Box 41
Newberry, Michigan  49868

PHONE:(906)293-5709        or        (906)293-3786

Luce County Historical Society
110 E. McMillan
Newberry, MI 49868


Elizabeth Delene, Archivist
PHONE:               (906) 227-9117       
EMAIL: edelene@dioceseofmarquette.org

1401 Presque Isle, HRDN 126
Marquette, MI 49855

Reference Desk: (906)227-1225
Reference Desk email: archives@nmu.edu

University Archivist: Marcus C. Robyns, CA

Collection Guide: ArchiveSpace (search all publicly accessible historical manuscript collections)


Forsyth Township Historical Society Museum
PO Box 851
Gwinn, MI 49841

CONTACT: Rick Wills

Holdings include photos and documentation of the building of Gwinn as a model mining town. The town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places for its ties to its creator, William G. Mather, and designer, nationally noted landscape designer, Warren Manning. 

Also included are photos and documentation of: mining, railroading, and logging in the township; the communities of Austin, Little Lake, New Swanzy, Princeton, Swanzy; and of KI Sawyer Air Force Base and its later conversion to a civilian community. Holdings also include a local obituary file and cemetery file (the latter is available on CD and can be purchased).

Marquette County Genealogical Society
217 N. Front St
c/o Peter White Public Library
Marquette, MI  49855

(1850 Marquette Co. Census online)

The John M. Longyear Research Library 213 North Front St. - Marquette, MI 49855 -               (906) 226-3571        Rosemary Michelin E-mail: rmichelin@sbcglobal.net and the Marquette County Historical Society http://www.marquettecohistory.org/ Holdings include some published family histories, plat books, atlases, maps, township, school and business records, and an extensive photograph file.

Biographical Card File; Pamphlet File: Recorded historical information through diaries, manuscripts, interviews, and newspaper articles. Includes material on communities, ethnic groups, historic homes, churches, businesses, cemeteries, and mines for Marquette County and the Upper Peninsula. Extensive biographical material on U.P. families; Marquette County marriages from 1850-1866. DEATH RECORDS: Registrar's permits for burials and removals in the city of Marquette from 1889-1932 (listing is missing some data). Cemetery Records; The Inspector of Mines Reports: Reports and lists of deaths and mining accidents in Marquette County, 1889 to the present. Centennial Books; Chase Interviews: Interviews of over 350 Marquette County pioneer residents; Church Records; Marquette Religious Survey of all Marquette Catholic and Protestant church members, 1935. Marriage records from St. John's Catholic Church, Marquette for 1872-1899. Marriage and burial records for St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Marquette for 1867-1875.

City Directories; Marquette County Telephone Directories from 1914 to present. Military Records: Scrapbooks, newspaper files, photographs of G.A.R., WWI and WWII servicemen and women, Marquette County. School Yearbooks; Scrapbooks: Large collection of scrapbooks containing biographical and historical information and photographs.
Newspapers: Early to current Mining Journal issues on microfilm. Partial index available.

Negaunee Historical Museum
303 E. Main St.
Negaunee, MI 49866

EMAIL: foo@negauneehistory.com

Collections include Iron Herald newspaper, mining and local business photos, as well as photographs of local people.


Menominee County Historical Society
P.O. Box 151
Menominee, MI 49858

Menominee County Heritage Museum
Collections are located at the M.J. Anuta Research Center.
1105 9th Street
Menominee, MI 49858

CONTACT: William C. King, Director / Curator
904 11th Avenue
P.O. Box 151
Menominee, MI 49858

FAX: (906) 863-4611


Ontonagon County Historical Society
422 River Street
Ontonagon, Michigan  49953

EMAIL: ochsmuse@up.net 


Log Cabin Genealogical Society
103 North Third Street
Manistique, Ml 49854-1018

Online indexes include Deaths 1870-1899, Marriages 1870-1893, Ackley Cemetery, Germfask, and a Surname index. Also available off line is cemetery information, land records beginning from 1871, Probate records from 1874, and Divorces and Circuit Court Records from 1881.

Gulliver Historical Society
RR 1, Box 1 Box 79
Gulliver, MI 49840

CONTACT: Marilyn Fischer