Genealogical Resources

Below is a list of collections which are commonly utilized for genealogical research. It should be noted that ANY collection can contain information of use to genealogists. Researching the place and time in which your ancestor lived is crucial to genealogical research. Not only does it give you clues as to what records your ancestor may have generated, but it also gives you invaluable background information about what your ancestor’s life may have been like, which can’t be found in many standard genealogical sources. In addition, unexpected collections may mention your relatives! Try searching our collections here for your ancestors’ names, or browse for topics that might be relevant to your research.

Central Upper Peninsula/Marquette County Records

  • Naturalization Records (Marquette County only)
    • Declarations of Intention, Petitions for Naturalization, Citizenship Certificates

See our Naturalization Records page for more details!

  • Church Records
    • Baptism, Marriage, Funeral, Membership Records, Financial Records, etc.
    • Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church/Northern Michigan Missionary Diocese 1867-1925
    • Bethany Lutheran Church 1872-1927
  • Polk’s City Directories 1912-2008

City directories can tell you where your ancestors lived and what occupations they had.

  • Plat Maps and UP/Regional Maps 1970-2004

Plat maps can also be used to discover where your ancestors lived.

  • County Court Case Records 1852-1981

If you suspect that your ancestors were involved in court cases of any kind, or if you’re interested in finding out, we have indexes of court cases in Marquette County from 1852-1981. Court cases which occurred after 1981 can be located at the Marquette County Clerk’s Office.

  • ​​Cemetery Records
    • Alger County
          Deerton Cemetery, Deerton
          Grand Island Cemetery, Grand Island
          Holy Rosary Cemetery, Grand Marais
          Limestone Township Cemetery, Limestone
          Maple Grove Cemetery, Munising
          Mathias Township Cemetery, Trenary
          Munising Township Cemetery, Wetmore
          Pine Grove Cemetery, Chatham
          Rose Hill Cemetery, Grand Marais
          Serenity Pines Cemetery, Au Train
          Miscellaneous Gravesites (graves on the side of the road)

    • Luce County, MI Cemetery Transcriptions: Duane and Jacquelyn Hargis
          Columbus Township Cemetery, McMillan
          East Lakefield Cemetery, Lakefield Township
          Forest Home Cemetery, Newberry
          Old East Lakefield Cemetery (Inactive), Lakefield Township
          West Lakefield Cemetery, Lakefield Township

    • Mackinac County Cemetery Transcriptions (Incomplete): Duane Hargis
          Brevort Cemetery, Brevort Township
          Caffey Cemetery, Hendricks Township
          Carp River (Our Lady of Victory) Cemetery, St Ignace Township
          Cedar Edgewood Cemetery, Clark Township, Cedarville
          Cottle Cemetery, Marquette Township
          Engadine Cemetery, Garfield Township
          Epoufette Cemetery, Hendricks Township
          Fenlon Cemetery, Clark Township
          German Lutheran Cemetery, Garfield Township
          Grace Brethren Cemetery, Moran Township
          Gros Cap Cemetery, Moran Township
          Immaculate Conception Cemetery,    St Ignace Township
          Italian Maplewood Cemetery, Clark Township
          Lakeside Cemetery,    Moran Township
          Maplewood Cemetery, Hudson Township
          Naubinway Cemetery, Garfield Township
          Newton (Gould) Cemetery, Newton Township
          Rockview Cemetery, Marquette Township
          Sandtown Cemetery, Portage Township
          Simmons    Cemetery, Marquette Township
          Wequayoc (Bishop Baraga) Cemetery, St Ignace Township
          Western Brevort Cemetery, Moran Township
          Woodlawn Cemetery, Portage Township

    • Marquette County Cemetery Transcriptions (Incomplete): Duane Hargis
              Bakkala Cemetery, Princeton (Forsyth Township)
              Big Bay Cemetery, Big Bay
              Champion Cemetery, Champion
              Clarksburg Cemetery, Clarksburg (Ely Township)
              Emanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery, Skandia
              Forest Home Cemetery, Wells Township
              Haglund Cemetery, Skandia
              Hillview Cemetery, McFarland (Turin Township)
              Humboldt Cemetery, Champion
              Lakeview Cemetery, Michigamme
              Old Catholic Cemetery, Marquette
              Republic Cemetery, Republic
              Riverview Cemetery, Wells Township
              Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Champion
              United Methodist Church Cemetery, Skandia
              Saint Paul's Lutheran (Green Garden) Cemetery, Chocolay Township
              West Branch Cemetery, Skandia
    • Schoolcraft County, MI Cemetery Transcriptions: Duane and Jacquelyn Hargis
          Advent Cemetery, Inwood Township
          Blaney Park Cemetery, Mueller Township
          Boot Hill Cemetery, Seney
          Fairview Cemetery, Manistique Township
          Hiawatha Township Cemetery, Hiawatha Township
          Inwood Township Cemetery, Cooks
          Lakeview Cemetery, Manistique
          Old Cooks Cemetery, Cooks
          Old Germfask Cemetery (Ackley), Germfask
          Riverside Cemetery, Germfask
          Thompson Township Cemetery, Thompson
          Whispering Pines Cemetery, Seney
          Wood Cemetery, Doyle Township

                These records contain transcriptions of gravestones in the cemetery listed as well as locations and maps of the cemeteries.

  • Civil Marriage Records April 1893-2004

Marriage records are organized chronologically, so in order to find the record we will need an approximate date in addition to the names of the people getting married.

  • Coroner’s Inquests 1879-1986

A coroner’s report was filed for any person who was murdered or died in a suspicious way (suicide, mining accident, etc.). The index to this collection is by name.

Index to the Coroner's Reports

  • Marquette County Tax Records 1868-1979

These records can provide you with a legal description of your ancestor’s property and what kinds of taxes they paid. They are arranged alphabetically by township and then chronologically.

  • Oral History Collections

The NMU Archives has conducted and houses many collections of oral history interviews. Notable collections include the Italian American oral history collection, the Women’s Center oral history collection, the Red Dust oral history project, and many more. Even if your ancestor was not one of the people interviewed for these projects, they are a great source of background information! Collections which have already been digitized can be found here.

  • CCI Records

We often receive inquiries about our Cleveland Cliffs Iron Mining Company records. They do contain some information of genealogical interest. However, it is not indexed. We do have payroll records from many of the mines, but they are simply organized by mine and year. If you are hoping to find a payroll record, plan to spend many hours searching through the books. We can search through the books for you, but you will be charged a research fee of $30 per hour, so it is best to come in and look for yourself if possible. You are also welcome to find your own independent researcher at a lower cost. We can provide contact information for local researchers.

NMU Records

  • Yearbooks 1910-1980

Yearbooks can contain photos, information, and even the writing of your ancestor! Please note that some years between 1910 and 1920 are missing.

  • Alumni File 1899-1960

This index card file does not contain every alumnus from 1899 to 1960. However, it is quite extensive. Information on each card varies, but photos and brief newspaper articles are common.

  • Commencement Records

These records verify when your ancestor graduated from Northern. They also indicate whether they graduated with honors and sometimes what organizations they were involved in.

  • Academic Transcripts

Academic transcripts are a great sources of information about your ancestor. Information on the transcripts includes their hometown, the name of their father, what classes they took, what grades they received, what their degree was, and when they attended Northern.

The NMU Archives does not house the transcripts. To find NMU transcripts, please e-mail the Registrar’s Office at

  • The Quill 1913-1918

The Quill was a magazine written by Northern students between 1913 and 1918. It also functioned as an annual, or yearbook. It contains humorous anecdotes about students and faculty, information about what life at Northern was like during that time period, and photos of sports teams and individuals. It also contained alumni news.

  • Northern News/North Wind/“underground” newspapers 1919-present

Northern’s student newspaper began in 1919. We do have an index by broad themes, but it stops in the early 1970s and is not geared towards genealogical research. Unless you have an event with a specific date or are willing to search through years of microfilm, it is difficult to locate information specifically about your ancestor. However, this is a great way to learn about the general environment of Northern during the years that your ancestor attended the school.

NMU Library Resources

If you are a Northern student, faculty member, or staff member, you have access to Heritage Quest through the Olson Library website. This site gives you access to census records (which are searchable and browse-able by location and last name), PERSI (a collection of periodicals and newspaper articles), Revolutionary War Pension Records (which often contain lengthy narratives about the person’s life and military service), and Freedman’s Bank Records.

If you are asked to log-in, use your NMU username and password.

This site is one of the largest online history collections in the world. Even if none of your ancestors ever gave an oral history interview, this site is still an amazing source for background information about different locations and time periods.

If you are asked to log-in, use your NMU username and password.


If you do not have access to the NMU library, check at your local public library! They often have access to these and other databases, including