We are back to normal pace here at the archives, just in time for the semester to start winding down. We will be open all summer, Monday through Friday, and during that time we usually see quite a number of patrons researching our most popular topic: genealogy.
For those of you from the Upper Peninsula, this can be a great way to trace your roots and find out more information about your heritage. We have many collections to aid in your search, such as Immigration and Naturalization records for Marquette County, Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Mining Company records, Coroner’s Inquests that date back to the late 1800s, and Marquette County Court records. We also host a vast array of oral history interviews from our Italian-American Oral History Collection, some of which can be found online at http://archives.nmu.edu/oral_history/.
Other Oral History collections that could provide genealogical information include our Recorded in Stone: Voices on the Marquette Iron Range collection and The Red Dust Oral History collection. Recorded in Stone provides information on the history of immigration in the Marquette Iron Range. The Red Dust collection is a collection of interviews conducted between 1983 and 2000 by students of the former National Mine School (what is now Aspen Ridge Middle School).
In addition to this variety of sources, information can also be found in the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church records or the Episcopal Diocese of Northern Michigan collection. St. Paul’s was the first Episcopal church in Marquette.
So whether you’re searching for general family lineage or in-depth research of a specific person from Marquette County, we hope to see you in the archives!
For more information about the Archives or genealogical research, visit our website at www.nmu.edu/archives or come check us out in Room 126 of the LRC (down by Starbucks).
Prepared by Alexandria Eisner and Olivia Ernst.