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.
New Publication Released!
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. -ORDER FORM
HKCGS presentation on The History of the Catholic Chuch in Calumet
Tuesday, May 10th, at 6:00pm, at the Portage Lake District Library, in Houghton.
Jeremiah Mason, Keweenaw National Historical Park Archivist will trace the history of the Catholic Church in Calumet through its first hundred and thirty-eight years, highlighting the story and past appearance of many of the churches whose spires still dominate the Calumet skyline. For further information please email HKCGSociety@gmail.com HKCGSociety@gmail.com.
HKCGS presentation on Researching WWII Veterans
Tuesday, March 8 at 6:00pm, at the Portage Lake District Library, in Houghton
Doug and Louise Terrell discussed a variety of resources available when researching WWII veterans.
HKCGS presentation on alternative genealogy programs
In the wake of Ancestry discontinuing its Family Tree Maker genealogy computer program, the Feb. meeting of the Houghton Keweenaw Genealogical Society featured a presentation on alternative genealogy programs, primarily Roots Magic and Legacy.
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
The 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 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. -ORDER FORM