The library maintains a collection of genealogy and local history books for checkout and in-library use. We also subscribe to genealogy databases, most must be used inside the library. Other materials can be found through the local history portal. Please check Reference Desk on the upper level for more information.
American Ancestors – AVAILABLE ONLY IN LIBRARY Search over 78 million names contained in town and church records, land records, military records, court records, diaries & journals, immigration records and more. Focus is primarily on New England area.
Ancestry Library Edition – AVAILABLE ONLY IN LIBRARY
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.
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.
Fold3 – Historical document and genealogical research site with over 41 million primary documents online, many from the National Archives.
HeritageQuest Online – AVAILABLE ONLY IN LIBRARY
Over 25,000 local and family history books full-text online as well as U.S. Federal Census images, Revolutionary War Pension Records, Freedman’s Bank Records and PERSI.
Michiganology – Formerly known as SeekingMichigan, here you can search the digital collections of the Michigan Historical Center. It includes collections like death records, census, county records, letters, diaries, photographs, videos, and MORE on Michigan History!
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.
MyHeritage Library Edition – Access billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos and other resources in thousands of databases that span the past five centuries.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 Historic Maps Michigan – Maps originally done for insurance purposes, these historic documents are great for local history and genealogy research.