Genealogy and Local History Databases


Not all genealogy products will be available remotely. This page represents what is currently available remotely while the library is closed. Please check the website regularly for updates. If you are having issues with your library card or cannot access a database, please use the Ask Us a Question form. 

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition

Now available remotely through June 2020

Plymouth 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.


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.


My Heritage Library Edition

MyHeritage Library Edition – Access billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos and other resources in thousands of databases that span /the past five centuries.



library of congress-sanborn maps


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.