Michigan Genealogical Council
Michigan Genealogical Council

Archives of Michigan

 
                            
 
The Archives of Michigan is the home of the  Abrams Foundation Historical Collection
 

The Archives of Michigan hours are open to researchers Monday – Friday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

State Archivist, Mark Harvey announced the Archives of Michigan would offer researchers Saturday hours beginning Saturday, January 5, 2013. The Archives of Michigan will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday, excluding state holidays.

Materials in the Abrams Foundation Historical Collection and original primary source documents and manuscripts in the Archives collection will be available to researchers six days a week. There is no charge for parking on Saturdays.

For title specific information, please contact the Archives of Michigan, or check the ANSWER catalog.

SeekingMichigan remains one of the finest online tools for those researching in Michigan. There is a tutorial available with tips and updated County research guides are a continuing work in progress.

The archives are closed onState holidays. The Archives of Michigan has public wireless internet available on site.

For the most up to date information about the Archives of Michigan please visit their website.


Collection update from the Archives Staff, September 10, 2012.

Books started moving this morning...

An update on the transfer of the Abrams Foundation Historical Collection to the Archives of Michigan.

The print resources have begun their move to the Archives! The first book to be moved was "Descendants of Christian Geiger", by Barbara J. Brown, an appropriate and fitting tribute to a wonderful woman and generous supporter of the Archives and the collections over the years.

Over the next few weeks, the collection will be in transition as resources are transferred to their new home. Staff is working hard to ensure that interruptions to collection access are kept to a minimum and will be giving periodic updates on the progress.

The microfilm collection, including U.S. city directories, county histories, and Sanborn maps, was transferred to the Archives last month and is available for research.

We encourage researchers to stop by and visit the Archives, take a look around, see all the changes, and utilize the Collection. As always, please contact the Archives staff with any questions. The Archives staff appreciates your patience as we navigate through this exciting transition, and look forward to assisting you in your research.
 

Collection update from the Archives Staff, August 7, 2012.

An update on the transfer of the Abrams Foundation Historical Collection to the Archives of Michigan.

The microfilm transfer is now complete, meaning that all of the designated films are now available for researchers at the Archives. Location information in ANSWER, the online catalog, has also been updated to reflect these changes; an Archives of Michigan microfilm will read "Archives of Michigan – Michigan Historical Center (2E)" in the Location field in the catalog record. ANSWER is available at www.answercat.org.

Examples of microfilm resources now available onsite at the Archives include:

  • U.S. city directories (Chicago, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, New York, Toledo, and many more)
  • Naturalization indexes (Illinois, New England, New York, Ohio, and more)
  • County and local histories (Illinois, Indiana, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin)
  • Indexes to compiled service records (Civil War, Mexican War, and more)
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps (Illinois, Indiana, New York, Ohio, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and more)
  • Passenger lists and/or indexes (Baltimore, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and more)
Print resources, including the family histories, will begin moving over to the Archives in mid-to-late August.

As always, please contact the staff at the Archives with any questions you may have. The Archives staff appreciates your patience as we navigate through this transition, and look forward to assisting you in your research.
 

 

Collection update from the Archives Staff, July 27, 2012.

A quick update on the transfer of the Abrams Foundation Historical Collection to the Archives of Michigan.

The microfilms began moving over this week and are about halfway completed. Several large record sets are now available at the Archives, including U.S. city directories, NY and PA county histories, naturalization indexes, and much more.

Print resources will begin moving over to the Archives shortly after the film is completed. As always, please contact the staff at the Archives with any questions you may have.

The Archives staff appreciates your patience as we navigate through this transition, and look forward to assisting you in your research.