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If you have an interest in a family that had ties to Houghton or Keweenaw Counties, the Houghton-Keweenaw Genealogical Society can help guide you in learning more about them. We exist to educate and support our members in their research and the preservation of family histories. Our goal is to foster interest in local area history and genealogy, provide instruction in research techniques, and preserve information for use by future generations. We hope you feel that this is a worthwhile endeavor and will support it by becoming a member.

The Houghton-Keweenaw County Genealogical Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Whether you are looking for help delving ito your own ancestry, or you have found a treasure trove of information that will benefit our other members, we welcome your involvement with open arms.

Please consider joining our volunteer member network by printing, filling out and returning our MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FORM.


New Publication Released!
Death in Osceola #3
Houghton County Genealogical Society has just completed their second publication. The topic this time is the 7 september 1895 Osceola Mine Fire where 30 miners were lost. It was the worst mining accident ever in the Copper Country. That morning, with a full day shift of over 200 workers underground, a fire was discovered in the No. 3 Shaft of the Osceola Mine in Calumet. This is the story of what happened to the miners and the families they left behind.

Geneology Workshop
HKCGS will conduct a “Genealogy Workshop,” led by Avis West and Doug Terrell, at their meeting on Tuesday, September 13, at 6:00pm at the Portage Lake District Library, in Houghton. Participants will be divided into teams who will then attempt to solve a series of genealogy problems using their shared experiences. The meeting is open to the public. For more information please e-mail us at

Houghton Keweenaw County Genealogical Society's Annual Potluck Picnic
Tuesday, June 14, at 6:00pm, at Bridge View Park in Houghton.
This charming little park is between the bridge and Portage Lake District Library on the water front. Since there is a fire pit, hotdogs and hamburgers along with condiments will be furnished. Please bring a side dish or desert along with your place setting and beverage.

HKCGS Completes The Osceola Mine Fire of 1895 Project
Back in 2013, the Copper Country commemorated the 100th anniversary of a terrible local tragedy and honored its victims. In its own unique way, the Houghton–Keweenaw County Genealogical Society (HKCGS) sought and received public assistance with a project to honor those victims. In 2015, a different kind of local disaster will be observed for its 120th anniversary. On September 7, 1895, the Copper Country experienced its worst mining accident ever, the Osceola Mine Fire of 1895. It resulted in the loss of 30 lives and threatened the future mining operations of the Osceola Mining Company. -DOWNLOAD

The FAMILIES LEFT BEHIND The Italian Hall Tragedy 1913.
The Houghton Keweenaw Genealogical Society is ending 2013 with a bang! We have just completed a 110 page book titled “Families Left Behind.” Many of our members contributed untold hours researching and writing “memorials” of the families of the people who died at the Italian Hall tragedy on 24 December 1913. There were fifty different families that lost one or more family members. The majority of deaths were children. We now have this publication available for purchase. The profits from this endeavor will be donated to the Keweenaw National Historical Park to help with the preservation and interpretation at the Italian Hall site. -ORDER FORM

Hecla CemetaryThe HKCGS is the proud owner of the Hecla Cemetery.
But we are best at "caretaking", so the cemetery has been donated to the Calumet Township to be always designated as a historic cemetery. The township will then control access to the site allowing only foot traffic. Our Society will be working in the cemetery in the next few years, cleaning it up, recording markers, recording depressions and making it more attractive to genealogist.

Our Copper Country Newspaper Indexing Project moves forward with another CD.
The second CD in a series of our societies newspaper indexing project is available. It contains the years 1908-1914.
The first CD covered 1862 to 1907. -ORDER FORM

Copper Country HomecomingCopper Country Homecoming & Old Settlers Ball 2004 collectors Books are still available.
You do not want to miss owning a copy of the Copper Country Homecoming & Old Settlers Ball Collectors Book. It contains over 200 pages of local history, family memories, pictures, and stories from the early days of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, and Counties of Baraga, Houghton, Ontonagon, and Keweenaw.



Houghton-Keweenaw County Genealogical Society
P.O. Box 72
Houghton, Michigan 49931