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Oakland County Historical Records

Oakland County Records

Account Book of Civil War Bounty (1863-1865)
Account Book of County Treasurers (1837-1875)
Account Book of Township Collectors (1838-1859)
Assessment Roll for Highway Taxes (1845-1850)
Delinquent Tax Roll (1845 -1847, 1848-1850, 1852-1855, 1863-1865, 1865-
1870, 1842-1844, 1851-1856, 1859-1864, 1865-1866, 1867-1869, 1869, 1870)
Detailed Accounts of Candidates Election Expenses (1914-1918, 1932-1933)
General Ledger of Accounts / Ditch Orders (1866-1867, 1865-1871)
Inheritance Tax Record-County (29 Aug. 1900-23 Jan. 1915)
Journal of Receipts from Sales of Primary Schools and University Lands (1867-1872)
Journal of Soldiers Aid Fund (Jan 1902-31 Jan 1919)
Journal of Volunteer Relief Fund (1861-1863)
Ledger of Accounts with Tax Collectors (1827-1837, 1840-1842)
Minutes of Survey on Roads, Avon Township (1835-1916)
Non-Resident Tax Returns (1836-1838)
Oakland County Liquor Tax (1875, 1876)
Salary of County Officers (Statements of Orders Paid) (Apr. 1883-Dec.1910)
Specific State Tax (1839-1842)
Supplementary Report on Audit of Oakland County (1 Jan. 1908-1931)
Tax Rolls of Oakland County (see list below for details)
Treasurer's Journal of Contingent Expenses (Jan. 1879-May 1902)

Avon Township Records

Assessment Rolls (1841-1847, 1879, 1881, 1882, 1883, 1887-1890, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930)
Bookkeeping Records. Account Book, Clerk (1904-1909)
Bookkeeping Records. Account Book, Treasurer (1909-1919)
Bookkeeping Record, Journal (1889-1919)
Bookkeeping Records. Journal (1896-1903)
Bookkeeping Record. Ledger (1900-1902)
Chattel Mortgages (1872-1895)
Justice Docket (1906-1911)
Minutes of School Inspectors (1852-1871, 1872-1914)
Register of Electors, Avon Township: Record of Male Electors. 1882-1924, Precincts #1,2; Record of Party Enrollment. 1906-1910, 1912; Register of Electors. 1872-1882; Register of Female Electors. 1919-1924, Precincts #12. (Spec. Coll. F 574 .A84 R4)

Berkley Records

Minutes of Shareholders Meetings of the Berkley State Bank (24 Feb. 1924 - 17 March 1931)

Oakland County tax rolls

Tax Rolls from 1841-1871 and 1879-1890 are also available on microfilm (F 572 .O2 O19).

Frequently the tax rolls of a community are consulted to trace the ownership of property or to date when a house was built or remodeled.


1841 -- All townships except Commerce, Holly, Milford, Novi, Oakland
1842 -- Brandon, Farmington, Pontiac, Royal Oak, Southfield, Springfield
1843 -- Farmington, Highland, Orion, Pontiac, Royal Oak
1844 -- All townships except Royal Oak
1845 -- All townships except Independence
1846-1870 -- All townships
1871 -- Royal Oak, Southfield, Springfield, Troy, Waterford, West Bloomfield, White Lake
1888 -- Farmington, West Bloomfield, Waterford, Independence, Brandon
*1899 -- 1900 -- Pontiac (includes personal property ledger). (Spec. Coll. F 574 .O2 O19 Pontiac)

Townships

Addison Groveland Novi Royal Oak
Avon Highland Oakland Southfield
Bloomfield* Holly Orion Springfield
Brandon Independence Oxford Troy
Commerce Lyon Pontiac Waterford
Farmington Milford Rose West Bloomfield
      White Lake

*The 1842 Tax Roll for Bloomfield Township is stored in the fireproof cabinet containing other historic township records in the office of the Bloomfield Township Clerk.

 

Note about the collection

Oakland University Library is a local archives depository library for the Michigan Historical Commission.

Only the 1842 tax rolls for Brandon, Farmington, Pontiac, Royal Oak, Southfield, Springfield are not part of the Michigan Historical Commission Depository Collection.

The records listed here are located in the Kresge Library Special Collections Room. Most of these volumes are in very fragile condition and must be used with the utmost care. Materials do not circulate and photocopying is highly restricted. Notetaking in pencil only.

Access to Materials

We are happy to accommodate appointments with researchers at any time during the week, 8:30am to 4:30pm.  

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Special Collections Contacts

Dominique Daniel
Interim Coordinator of Special Collections and Archives

Shirley Paquette
Archives Assistant

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