New Genealogical Records on the Internet

April 2, 2011

New Genealogical Records on the Internet
Oakland Society has digitized early township records

The Oakland County Genealogical Society (OCGS) has digitized the 1884, 1890, and 1894 tax assessment rolls for Brandon Township, Oakland County Michigan. Volunteers created an index of the names in the records, and the index is available on the Society's website at The index and images are also available at the Oakland County Historical Resources website at The digitization was funded from the Society's Ruth S. Kennedy Oakland County Records Preservation Fund.

The release of the databases marks the beginning of the Society's 1890 Census Substitute Project, which focuses on locating and digitizing Oakland County records created between 1884 and 1894. The 1884 and 1894 State of Michigan Census for Oakland County and the Federal Census for 1890 for Michigan no longer exist, so replacement data is very useful to genealogical researchers.

The OCGS Board of Directors has allocated an additional $3,000 from the Kennedy Fund to continue the 1890 Census Substitute Project. Custodians of Oakland County records which are suitable for inclusion in the project are encouraged to contact the project director, Pamela Epple, at Donations to the Kennedy Fund are appreciated, and may be made with a check to OCGS at the Society address.

Founded in 1977, the Oakland County Genealogical Society is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to locating, publishing and safeguarding public and private genealogical records; and to encouraging and instructing in the science of genealogical research and compilation through workshops, sharing, and other educational means. Donations, gifts and legacies are tax deductible. OCGS meets at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Troy, Michigan, a meeting schedule and more information are available on the Society website at The Society is a charter member of Oakland County Historical Resources. is the work of Oakland County Historical Resources (OCHR), a 501(c)(3) consortium of libraries, genealogical and historical societies, which seeks historical materials pertaining to Oakland County, Michigan to make them searchable and accessible to the public. OCGS is a member. OCHR offers affordable membership options to organizations dedicated to preserving Oakland County history. Please contact Linda Sickles, director of the Orion Township Public Library for membership information, (248) 693-3000.