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My name is Joe Markovich and I am the MIGenWeb Iron County coordinator. If you would
like to host a MIGenWeb County page, or assist the project in any other way, please
contact the Michigan State Coordinator, Jan Cortez or one of the Assistant State Coordinators Patricia Hamp or Joe Markovich.
I am also the coordinator for the MIGenWeb counties of
In March and April, 1996, a group of genealogists organized the MIGenWeb Project. The
idea was to provide a single entry point for all Michigan counties, where collected
databases would be stored. In addition, the databases would be indexed and
cross-linked, so that even if an individual were found in more than one county, they could be located
in the index. At the same time, volunteers were found who were willing to coordinate the
collection of databases and generally oversee the contents of the web page.
Iron County History
Iron County is located in the southwestern part of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula,
bordering Wisconsin. Iron County was named after the iron ore that was discovered in 1846,
when a surveyor noticed an abnormal compass reading on the Paint River near Crystal Falls.
Several years later, another surveyor found a five foot high outcrop of iron ore.
By 1880, the Crystal Falls Iron Company was formed.
In 1891, during a poker game of commissioners to see which town would become the
County Seat, two of them left the game, stole the county records and ran off to
Crystal Falls, where the courthouse was built after a quick and shady "referendum" was passed.
Twenty-three of the area's twenty-six mines went out of business during the 1894
depression. However, the area's second industry, lumbering, kept the economy going.
There was a brief revival of mining during the early part of the twentieth century but
the last mine closed in 1978.
Although Iron County has no Great Lakes shoreline, tourism has become the major
industry. Fishing, hunting, skiing, canoeing and camping attract many visitors to the
area during all year around.
Research and Look Up Requests
I am unable to do your personal research. I do not live in Iron county or in Michigan and
I do not have access to additional records. If you do not see the information you are
seeking in this site, I do not have it as everything I have is posted in this site
The Iron County web site updated
All Links Verified as of 4⁄22⁄2014
Comments, suggestions, submittals always welcome, email me Joe Markovich