Keweenaw County Michigan

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Keweenaw Co. Death Records

Government death records for Keweenaw County start in 1867.  The early deaths are available on film, or the County Clerk. Other records that contain information are burial records, obituaries, newspaper death announcements, cemetery records, SSDI and funeral home records.

Research HelpsOnline Records

FHL or LDS Family History Center Film available to order near you.  These films are actual images of the ledger pages kept at  the county seat.

Important Note: It is best to check all the sources available. While transcribing the county records I have noted that the state has records the county does not have and the county has records the state does not have. Remember that the county records are also turned into the state so there may be transcriptions errors. The county received theirs from the township, medical staff, and family members, so there may be errors in their records also. The original death record at townships, doctors, etc. are very hard to obtain as many have been lost in various ways over time.

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Record of deaths, v. 1, 1867-1890 Going Online
Search Above   Records added July 8-9 2009
FHL 1310167  or County Clerk
Record of deaths, v. 1 cont., 1890 FHL 1310167  or County Clerk
Record of deaths, v. 2, 1905-1966 FHL 1310168  or County Clerk
Record of Deaths 1966 to present County Clerk
Death Index - GendisMichigan State Death Returns
Death Records at FamilySearch.org 1867-1897 Michigan State Death Returns
Death Records at Seeking Michigan 1897-1920 Michigan State Death Returns
1884 Mortality Schedule Michigan State Census Cornish Only LDS - 915273 Items 2-3
1870 Federal Census Mortality ScheduleFHL 1421040
1880 Federal Census Mortality ScheduleFHL 1421040
Newspaper Announcements & Obits MTU Archives on microfilm or Daily Mining Gazette
Cemeteries See below Cemeteries of Keweenaw County

Online Records


Dick and June Ross photocopied many obituaries from the Mining Gazette. While doing these they not only copied Cornish but other names as well. Indexed by surname's beginning letter.

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News Articles transcribed by Dick and June Ross and online from 1869 to the 1900s. Contains death announcements.

Cemeteries of Keweenaw County- List of cemeteries and links to online transcribed stone readings and records.

The Italian Hall Disaster of December 1913

Gendis - Keweenaw Early Deaths 1867-1897 Index by the State of Michigan

SSDI - Social Security Death Index on Rootsweb

Michigan Death Database - Includes Keweenaw Co. Deaths - this will bring up the  Keweenaw deaths in a new browser page as it is off site.  You can go on to do other searches from there.