Genealogy and Local History Databases

Fold3 and Heritage Quest are now available remotely! You will need your Plymouth Library card to log in. Ancestry is still available and is allowing remote access on a month by month basis.

Ancestry Library Edition

Access has been extended through September 30, 2020

Ancestry Library EditionPlymouth residents need to log in using their library card and pin number at the link. With over 1.2 billion records in over 3,000 databases, Ancestry is the most comprehensive online source of information for genealogy and local history. Available for Plymouth card holders only.

fold3 database link

Fold3Fold3 provides convenient access to military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served. Military records from Canada, UK, New Zealand, and Australia are also included.


heritage quest link Heritage Quest  is a comprehensive treasury of American genealogical sources—rich in unique primary sources, local and family histories, and finding aids. Resources of particular interest to African Americans are the Freedman’s Bank records. More than 480,000 names of bank applicants, their dependents, and heirs from 1865–1874, offers valuable data that can provide important clues to tracing African American ancestors and researching the Reconstruction Era.

Family Search Family Search is a genealogy organization operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was previously known as the Genealogical Society of Utah and is the largest genealogy organization in the world. Family Search also has extensive research support and helps, especially for the beginner.


Library of Michigan

Michigan Newspapers – Library of Michigan – Contains links to Michigan Newspaper finding aids for news or obituaries by City and County, a list of newspaper holdings on microfilm, newspaper family histories and other newspaper resources. Other newspapers can be found on the Newspapers and Periodicals page.

Detroit Free Press

The Detroit Free Press is the largest daily newspaper in Detroit, Michigan. The paper started publication in 1831.
Detroit Free Press (1999-Current)
Detroit Free Press (Historical 1831-1922)
Detroit Free Press (Historical 1923-1999)

My Heritage

MyHeritage Library Edition – Access billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos and other resources in thousands of databases that span /the past five centuries.


Sanborn Maps from the Library of Congress

Sanborn Historic Maps – via the Library of Congress
Maps originally done for insurance purposes, these historic documents are great for local history and genealogy research.


Michigan History Center
The Archives of Michigan
is responsible for preserving the records of Michigan government and other public institutions. The collections also include documents, maps, photographs and film from private individuals and organizations.