History

Bloomfield Blossoms

The history of Bloomfield Township as told by author Kay Smith's book "Bloomfield Blossoms: Glimpses into the History of Bloomfield Township" is now available online. Each page and image of the 150-page book can be viewed through the Michigan State University Libraries website. Every name and place mentioned in the book are searchable through this site. The digitized text was made possible by the township with permission from the author thanks to indexing done by the Bloomfield Township Public Library through a project called the Making of Modern Michigan. The web link will take you to the Making of Modern Michigan website. At that point you can either type in Bloomfield Blossoms for the entire book or search individual names, dates and places for a more targeted search.

Township Records

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The link below will take you to several old Board of Trustees minutes books dating back to the first Board meeting on May 25, 1827. The first two books, 1827-1874 and 1875-1907 have been microfilmed and digitized by the OCLC Preservation Service Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. If you take time to view the pages you will note that the minutes were recorded by hand in very fancy calligraphy and albeit attractive, somewhat difficult to read. Unfortunately we cannot make the original books available because they are very fragile. We have also added scanned images from 1907-1917, 1923-1928.

To view minutes from 1827 to present, click here.

Township Historic Assessment Rolls and Property Tax Books

Historical Assessment Rolls

Calling all Township history buffs interested in historical property assessments!

Now you can review the assessments on a Bloomfield Township property dating back to 1844. Scanned records, listed as rolls and books, are available for the following tax years:

Historical Figure on Horseback1844 – 1928*
1928 – 1931*
1934 Books 1 & 2 and 1936
1930, 1940, 1950
1976 Property Tax Books
1976 Personal Tax books

 

*The older documents are handwritten and must be searched manually for names and addresses.

Documents from 1934 to 1976 are typewritten. They have been scanned with optical character recognition and are electronically searchable for the entire group. Use the Edit Menu and then Find or the Control Key and the F key to search for key words.

As we continue to scan other historical tax records, we will update the website. All updates will be posted on the front page of our website.

Enjoy your visit to the past.

All documents on this page can be viewed in PDF format. All documents on this page can be viewed in PDF format.

1844
1845
1846
1849
1850
1851
1853
1854
1856
1858
1859
1860
1866
1869
1870
1871
1872
1874
1885
1887
1890
1897
1900
1902
1904
1907
1908
1909
1911
1912
1914
1917
1919
1920
1921 VILLAGE OF BLOOMFIELD
1921
1922
1923 BOOK 1
1923 BOOK 2
1924
1925 SECTIONS
1925 SUBDIVISION 1
1925 SUBDIVISION 2
1925 VILLAGE 1
1925 VILLAGE 2
1925
1926 SECTIONS
1926 SUBDIVISION 1
1926 SUBDIVISION 2
1926 VILLAGE 1
1926 VILLAGE 2
1927 SECTIONS
1927 SUBDIVISION 1
1927 VILLAGE 1
1927 VILLAGE 2
1927 VILLAGE 3
1927 VILLAGE 4
1927 VILLAGE OF BLOOMFIELD HILLS
1928 SECTIONS
1928 SUBDIVISION 3
1928 VILLAGE 1
1928 VILLAGE 2
1928 VILLAGE 3
1928 VILLAGE 4
1928 VILLAGE OF BLOOMFIELD HILLS
1929 SECTIONS
1929 SUBDIVISION 2
1929 SUBDIVISION 3
1929 SUBDIVISON 1
1929 TAX ROLLS
1929 VILLAGE 1
1929 VILLAGE 2
1929 VILLAGE 3
1929 VILLAGE 4
1929 VILLAGE OF BLOOMFIELD HILLS
1930 SECTIONS
1930 SUBDIVISION 1
1930 SUBDIVISION 2
1930 SUBDIVISION 3
1930 VILLAGE 4
1931 PERSONALS AND BANK STOCKS
1931 SECTIONS
1931 SUBDIVISION 1
1931 SUBDIVISION 2
1931 SUBDIVISION 3
1931 VILLAGE 1
1931 VILLAGE 2
1931 VILLAGE 3
1931 VILLAGE 4
1931 VILLAGE OF BLOOMFIELD HILLS
1934 BOOK 1 AND 2
1934 BOOK 1
1934 BOOK 2
1935
1936
1937
1938
1939
1941
1942
1943
1944
1945
1946
1947
1948
1949
1950
1951
1952
1976-07
1976-12
1976-07_13-17
1976-07_1-5
1976-07_18-20
1976-07_21-26
1976-07_27-28
1976-07_29-32
1976-07_6-8
1976-07_9-12
1976-12_10-12
1976-12_13-16
1976-12_1-4
1976-12_17-20
1976-12_21-26
1976-12_27-28
1976-12_29-30
1976-12_31-32
1976-12_33-36
1976-12_5-6
1976-12_7-9

 

Township Officers

On April 12, 1827, Bloomfield Township received its new designation as a 36 square mile area by act of the legislative council. The first Township meeting was held at the house of John Hamilton on the Saginaw Trail, May 25, 1827. Per the minutes of that meeting, the first Township officers chosen by ballot include the following:

Supervisor Lemuel Castle
   
Clerk Ezra L. Parke
   
Assessors John Todd
Joseph Park
Abram Crawford
   
Commissioners
of Highways
John Ellenwood
John W. Hunter
William Lee
   
Poor Masters Wilkes Durkee *
Apollos Dewey, Jr.
   
Collector Oliver Torrey
   
Constables Erastus Burt
Oliver Torrey
   
Fence Viewers John Ellenwood
Peter Richardson
John M. Irish
Wilkes Durkee*
Joseph Todd
Elijah L. Fish
Eli Curtifs
Abram Crawford
James Gunning
   
Pound Masters Peter Richardson
John Hamilton
Limeon Botsford

*It is interesting to note Wilkes Durkee was a relative of Homer Case, Township Supervisor 1963 - 1981 (deceased 2-13-2004).