About Me

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My wife Melissa and I.

I am an archivist at the Archives of Michigan in Lansing, with a special interest in genealogy and local history. For nearly 20 years (!), I’ve worked closely with local societies and researchers, both in assisting them with their research and in giving programs to their local groups. My position at the Archives has given me an interesting perspective on research, resources, and technological trends.

With this blog, I’m going to write about and comment on some of the things that I’ve learned in my professional career and personal research. A little “Behind the Reference Desk” mixed with some research tales, triumphs, and struggles.

My own research has taken me to Salt Lake City, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Detroit, Washington, D.C., Quincy (IL), Washington County (PA), and dozens of places in-between, not to mention a number of outstanding genealogical libraries and archives. Balancing my personal research with my career, all the while raising two daughters with my wife, has been a high-wire act, to say the least!

My oldest daughter indexing Michigan naturalization records.

My youngest daughter indexing Michigan naturalization records.









The masthead photo above shows the headstones for Frederic and Amelia Bergfeld Jarand in Woodland Cemetery, located in Quincy, Illinois.

Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy!


Kris Rzepczynski
kris [dot] rzepczynski [at] gmail [dot] com