23 February 2022

Finding and Using Archives of Michigan Circulars

The Archives of Michigan has finding aids for their collections. These finding aids are called circulars. I have used the Archives' circulars while preparing for a trip to the Archives of Michigan. 

I was having trouble finding the circulars on the Archives' website and I put Google to work for me and found almost all of them. You can use the links below with the circular number to get a .pdf copy of the circular.

Use the Answer Catalog to Find Archives of Michigan records

The circulars can be used to see what is available at the Archives of Michigan. The next step would be to use the Answer Catalog to find more information. 

Using the catalog I searched sanilac tax assessment records.

Use the drop down menu and select LM Archives of Michigan 
to receive Archives of Michigan materials only.

The search results returns the items available.

Click on "see full record" on the right side of the page. It will bring up the description, record group (RG) number, summary, finding aids, and subject words. You will notice that the finding aids tells you there is a guide describing records available in the reading room of the Archives of Michigan. Keep track of the title and record group number. Use it when you get to the Archives and use the in house finding aids to narrow your search.

Using the information in the full record enables you to know if they have the dates that you are looking for. Looking for this information before heading to the Archives of Michigan will save you time once you arrive.

For more information on preparing for a visit to the Archives of Michigan, check their website.

Archives of Michigan Circular Links

Good luck checking out the circulars.

 Circular No. 2 – Land Records https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular02_49679_7.pdf

 Circular No. 3 – Correctional Facilities https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular03_49682_7.pdf

 Circular No. 4 – Military Records I: War Records  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular04_49684_7.pdf

 Circular No. 5 – Land Area Records https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular05_49688_7.pdf

 Circular No. 6 – Probate Court Records  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular06_49689_7.pdf

 Circular No. 7 – Military Records II  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular07_49691_7.pdf

 Circular No. 8 – Records Relating To Youth https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular08_49693_7.pdf

 Circular No. 9 – Census Records I: State Enumerations https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular09_49695_7.pdf

 Circular No. 10 – Naturalization Records https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular10_49699_7.pdf

 Circular No. 11 – School Records  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular11_49700_7.pdf

 Circular No. 12 –

 Circular No. 13 – Railroad Records. https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular13_49702_7.pdf

 Circular No. 14 – Legislative Records I: Special Committees https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular14_49703_7.pdf

 Circular No. 15 – Corporation Records  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular15_49704_7.pdf

 Circular No. 16 – Rural Property Inventories  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular16_49706_7.pdf

 Circular No. 17-

 Circular No. 18 –

 Circular No. 19 – State and Local Vital Records https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular19_49707_7.pdf

 Circular No. 20 – Civil War Records https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular20_49709_7.pdf

Circular No. 21 – Licensed Professions http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular21_49711_7.pdf

 Circular No. 22 – Infirmaries, Sanatoria and Poor Homes https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular22_49715_7.pdf

 Circular No. 23 – Depression-Era Agencies  https:// www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular23_49718_7.pdf

 Circular No. 24 – Election Records - Statewide  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular24_49720_7.pdf

 Circular No. 25 – Mining Records

 Circular No. 26 – Public Officials https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular26_50012_7.pdf

 Circular No. 27 – Military Records III: Local  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular27_50001_7.pdf

 Circular No. 28 – Lumbering, Logging, and Forestry

 Circular No. 29 – African-Americans - Government Records https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular29_50003_7.pdf

 Circular No. 30 – Native Americans https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular30_50002_7.pdf

 Circular No. 31 – Photographic Collections https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular31_50007_7.pdf

 Circular No. 32 – Roads and Bridges  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular32_50013_7.pdf

 Circular No. 33 – Pollution  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular33_50009_7.pdf

 Circular No. 34 – Libraries

 Circular No. 35 – Records Relating To Women  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular35_50019_7.pdf

 Circular No. 36 – Government Records Relating to the Handicapped https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular36_49980_7.pdf

 Circular No. 37 – Circuit Court Records https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular37_49972_7.pdf

 Circular No. 38 – Business Records  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular38_49970_7.pdf

 Circular No. 39 – Records of Politicians https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular39_50008_7.pdf

 Circular No. 40 – Associations and Organizations. https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular40_49968_7.pdf

 Circular No. 41 – Minorities III: Asians and Hispanics https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular41_50004_7.pdf

 Circular No. 42 – Commissions  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular42_49973_7.pdf

 Circular No. 43 – Task Forces, Councils and Boards https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular43_50018_7.pdf

 Circular No. 44 – Architectural Plans and Drawings  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular44_49966_7.pdf

 Circular No. 45 – Census Records II: Special Enumerations  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular45_49971_7.pdf

 Circular No. 46 – Shipping and Navigation  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular46_50015_7.pdf

 Circular No. 47 – Bounties, Premiums, Subsidies, and Relief https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular47_49969_7.pdf

 Circular No. 48 – Pardons, Paroles, Warrants, and Extraditions https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular48_50005_7.pdf

 Circular No. 49 – Parks


 Circular No. 50 – Aeronautics  https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular50_49965_7.pdf

 Circular No. 51 – Fishing Records https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular51_49977_7.pdf

 Circular No. 52 – Investigation Records. https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular52_49996_7.pdf

 Circular No. 53 – Studies


 Circular No. 54 – Fairs and Expositions

 Circular No. 55-Manuscript Records https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular55_50000_7.pdf

 Circular No. 56-Committees https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular56_49974_7.pdf

 Circular No. 57 – Confidential Records https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular56_49975_7.pdf

 Circular No. 58 – Game and Wildlife

 Circular No. 59 – Swamp Lands

 Circular No. 60 – Public Land Grants and Private Claims https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular60_50010_7.pdf

 Circular No. 61 – Diaries, Daybooks and Personal Journals https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular61_49967_7.pdf

 Circular No. 62 – Scrapbooks and Albums https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular62_50014_7.pdf

 Circular No. 63 – Account Books and Ledgers https://www.michigan.gov/documents/mhc_sa_circular63_49963_7.pdf

 Circular No. 64 – Genealogy Resources







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