A Visit to the “New” Archives of Michigan

The following excerpt is from a “Family Tree Talk” article, written by Jim Moses and published in the November 11, 2012 edition of the Sentinal-Standard:

LANSING, Mich. — A group of us from the Ionia County Genealogical Society, headed by President Pam Swiler, met at the Library of Michigan a few days ago for a tour of the “new” Archives of Michigan.

We met near the library cafeteria and Kris Rzepczynski, Senior Archivist, took us up to the second floor, where we were met by Jessica Miller.

Due to the reorganization of certain departments in our state government the archives has taken on a slightly different role from what was done there before. In the past, the Archives held millions of important documents for Michigan, which they still do. Now, however, they have also been given much of the genealogy material that we used to have in the genealogy section of the library.

Kris and Jessica took us around, showing some of the collection. We were even allowed to enter one of the vaults where records are stored. It was an amazing site, looking at the floor-to-ceiling shelves crammed with boxes and books in a large room. If you watch “Cold Case” on television you can see something similar.

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Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (www.FamilyRootsPublishing.com), writes daily at GenealogyBlog.com, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

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