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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



HKCGS Seeks Public Input about The Osceola Mine Fire of 1895
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. This year, a different kind of local disaster will be observed for its 120th anniversary, and, again, HKCGS is seeking public input and assistance with another commemorative project. 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. To honor the victims of this tragedy, the Houghton-Keweenaw County Genealogical Society would like to hear from anyone who had a family member who perished in this disaster or was a survivor who escaped the fire. Of particular interest would be any stories passed down through the family relating to the fire. Your input could be invaluable to the project honoring the victims. Please contact: Avis West, 369-4083 or email us at

The Osceola Mine Fire of 1895 list of casualties

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. You can obtain an order form here:


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.


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