Research/Genealogy Request Page
The Museum Archives collects and preserves material relating to Elk Rapids, genealogy, and the surrounding Chain of Lakes region.

If you can't visit the Archives, fill in our Archives Research Request Form and we will do our best to help you find the material you are looking for. If our Archivist does your research, we request a minimum donation of $10 to the Elk Rapids Area Historical Society for this service. If you research your own material in the Archives, we request a minimum donation of $5 for our Archivist assisting you with your material/subject.

Download and/or Print the Archives Research Request Form
Note: This Archives Research Request Form is in Portable Document Format (PDF). If you do not have PDF reader software installed on your computer you can download one free by clicking on the Adobe icon
Archivie Assistance: 
  • Jackie Weber
  • Karen Szymanski
  • Research Resources:

    Old Tax Assessment Records for The Village of Elk Rapids (1886-1946)
    Old Tax Assessment Records for Elk Rapids Township (1901-1946)
    Old Voter Registration Logs (Men & Women - 1925-1927)
    Old Plat Maps and Atlases of the Elk Rapids area & Antrim County
    Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps (for the Village of Elk Rapids only: 1895, 1900, 1907, 1928)
    Old Elk Rapids Weekly Newspapers (various)
    Cemetery records for Elk Rapids and surrounding communities, including:
    Maple Grove Cemetery (in Elk Rapids, Antrim County MI) info on CD & Hardcopy
    Clearwater Township Cemetery (Kalkaska County, MI) info on CD and Hardcopy
    Genealogy material on Elk Rapids families (Click here to learn about Elk Rapids earliest settlers)
    More than 3,000 photographs relating to Elk Rapids and the Chain of Lakes region's history.
    Karl Mark Pall Collection: State of MI historical books on farming, fruit growing and animal     husbandry in MI
    Karl Mark Pall Collection: aboriginal (Native American) trade copper from Michigan's Upper Peninsula

    The photographs are broken down into these categories

    01 Scenes - Elk Rapids Area 02 - Business Places 03 - E R Township - Town Hall - Fire Department - Cemetery
    04 - Island House 05 - Scenes - Lakes & Rivers 06 - Rail Roads
    07 - Farming 08 - Lumbering 09 - Churches
    10 - Events 11 - Military 12 - Homes
    13 - People 14 - Schools 15 - Kewadin - Milton Township
    16 - Native Americans 17 - Cement Plant 18 - Hotels - Resorts
    19 - Shipping - Boats - Docks 20 - Iron Works 21 Chemical Works
    22 - Saw & Flour Mills
    Company Store
    23 - Power Dam 24 - Industry (other than Iron & Lumber)
    25 - Outside Elk Rapids Area (Traverse City & Others)