Archive for June 2013

International Genealogical Index (IGI)

June 28, 2013

This is a massive set of genealogy microfiche. It is located in the cabinets in the vault right after the drawers that are organized by LC call number. They’re arranged by location, then alphabetically by surname. There is a 1988 edition and a 1992 edition, and the drawers are labeled as such.


Corporation Annual Reports

June 25, 2013

The index to annual reports from 1840-1980 is on microfilm reels 9437-9462 ( All record groups with annual reports have been cataloged in ANSWER with finding aids attached. Finding aids can also be searched on Seeking Michigan.

The index to annual reports from 1979-1990 is on a state intranet site ( and on microfilm reels 9634-9657. It’s worth checking the film if the database doesn’t yield results. The reports themselves are on reels 9799-11269. The index refers to reel numbers assigned by the Corporations Division. These numbers are also on the boxes.

Annual reports from 1991-2001 are at the Records Center and can be found in Versatile. Use the steps below to determine which box you need:

  1. Check the indexes that can be found on the Foundation Server under Foundation Base–>Users–>Shared–>Corporations Indexes. This will give you a reel and frame number.
  2. Use the Versatile report (in the same Foundation server folder) to get a box number to request from the Records Center.


Wayne County Naturalization Records

June 25, 2013

Follow these steps to locate Wayne County naturalization records:

  1. Check the Ancestry database ( If the records are found here, refer the researcher to the National Archives Great Lakes Region facility in Chicago ( or 773-948-9001).
  2. Check the partially competed Access databases, which can be found here: U:\MHC_Public\Archives\Access Naturalization. These citations refer to Archives of Michigan volume and box numbers.
  3. Check the microfilm indexes that came with the records. Reel numbers can be found in the finding aid for RG 85-36. These citations refer to the original Wayne County volume and box numbers. Use the finding aid to translate to our volume and box numbers.
  4. If you or the researcher still can’t find a record, there are a small number of records from the Detroit Recorder’s Court at the Burton (

State Agency Budgets

June 25, 2013

These can be found in the Michigan Public Acts. Look up “appropriations” in the index to find the appropriate PA number. These acts include all revenue sources.

Federal Naturalization Records

June 25, 2013

The USCIS has naturalization certificates from 1906-1956. Researchers can submit questions/requests by e-mail to I couldn’t find a phone number on the website.

USCIS also has C-files that include information about people who received derivative citizenship.

Additional genealogy info from USCIS:

Michigan Court System Overview

June 25, 2013

Here’s a really nice overview of what Michigan courts hear what kinds of cases:

Adoption Records

June 25, 2013

Pamphlet from DHS about who can access what information from adoption records and where to begin research: