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County Information
The county was created by the Michigan Legislature in 1840 as Anamickee County, then renamed in 1843 to Alpena County
Officially Organized February 7, 1857
County Seat and largest City: Alpena

Alpena County is in the northeast of the mitten-shaped Lower Peninsula of Michigan.
Lake Huron and Thunder Bay are to the east, Alcona County to the south, Oscoda County to the southwest, Montmorency County to the west, and Presque Isle County to the north. Most of the county is drained by the Thunder Bay River and its tributaries. The Mackinaw State Forest occupies large tracts of land in the county. The Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is located offshore adjacent to the county. 

The 45th parallel bisects the county, meaning it is half way between the North Pole and the equator. 

Several islands in Thunder Bay are part of the Michigan Islands National Wildlife Refuge. There are automated lighthouses on Middle Island and Thunder Bay Island. [source: wikipedia]

 Alpena (county seat)

 Hillman (part)

Unincorporated Communities
 Bolton * Cathro * Herron * Hubbard Lake * Lachine * Leer * Ossineke * Spratt

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Website Updates: Sept. 2018 Obits - Added Carr and Seaman

Sept. 2018 - Added New County Host

Sept. 2018 - Added 1871 News-Gossip Items

Sept. 2018 - Added 1871 News-Community Items

Sept. 2018 - Added Death Records for 1897

Sept. 2018 - Added Marriage Records 1861-1871

Sept. 2018 - Added 1860 Census

Sept. 2018 - Added 1860, 1870, 1880 Mortality Schedules

Sept. 2018 - Added 1868 & 1869 Death Records

Sept. 2018 - Added 1871 - 1874 Death Records




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