Research/Genealogy Request
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 requested. If our Archivist does your research, we request a donation commensurate with the service given.

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 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

Photographs are available in 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 and
       Company Store
23 - Power Dam 24 - Industry (other than Iron & Lumber)
25 - Outside Elk Rapids Area (Traverse City & Others)