Research & reference

The following page lists the resources and research oppurtunites here at the Troy Historic Village.

For assistance in obtaining research information, please call 248.524.3570 or email and a skilled volunteer or staff member will respond to your inquiry.

The 365 Project Archive

Click here to access the 365 Project Archive for a year-long look back at the history of Troy, the state of Michigan and the world.

 Troy Genealogical Resources

Current Troy Genealogical Township/City notebook resources located in the museum’s Research Room and on museum computers.

Census Records:

  • USA: 1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, & 1880
  • USA: 1900, 1910, 1920, & 1930 (On the Museum’s computer only)
  • MI: 1845

Maps Plot/Street:

1817 (survey only), 1857, 1872, 1896, 1908, 1916, 1925, 1927, 1930-1940 (exact date unknown), 1947, 1955, 1956, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1975, 1977

Index for maps:

1857, 1872, 1896, 1908, 1916, 1925, 1927, 1930-1940 (exact date unknown), 1947, 1956, 1964, 1975, & 1977

Township Records & OCGS Booklets:

  • First Land Owners
  • Assessment/Tax Records
  • 1840, 1848, 1856, 1858, 1864, 1865, & 1866
  • Births (limited), Marriage (1836-1884), Death (1897-1938), Burial/Cemetery public records

Major Troy families including:

Caswell, Cutting, Daniels, Gibbs, Halsey, Jennings , Niles , Phelps, Poppleton, & Trowbridge

Troy Veterans:

Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, WWI, & WWII

Resource Room Newspaper Files:

  • Obituaries
  • List of Troy Township & City officials
  • Troy schools

Books & Histories:

Troy, Oakland County, other local cities, & Michigan

Interactive GIS Maps available online at City of Troy GIS:

  • Historical Map Gallery: 1872, 1896, 1906/08 (exact date unknown), & 1916

Arial photographs:

1963 (Available at the museum only), 1974, 1980, 1990, 2000, & 2002 B&W/Color

 Reference Library

The Reference Library is located in the main museum building (1927 Township Hall). Members of the public are welcome to peruse the collection of Michigan and regional history books, periodicals, obituary records, genealogical records, and museum files on Troy history. Whether you are trying to trace your family’s origins, learn about life in a log cabin, how to preserve or restore an old house, or how to be a blacksmith, we may have information you can use. We suggest that researchers make an appointment so that we can provide staff to assist you. The museum library is for reference only. Books may not be removed from the museum.

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