Library of Michigan
The Library of Michigan is home to a great diversity of local history materials, including: city and county histories, newspaper clippings, vital records, cemetery transcripts, and plat maps that can be accessed during the Library's business hours. A librarian on staff would be happy to find the materials right for you.
Our County Guides provide a list of selected resources from our collections covering each Michigan county.
The Library of Michigan is also a FamilySearch Affiliate Library. Affiliate libraries have privileges to limited-access FamilySearch databases. This material may be accessed on-site at the Library of Michigan.
Contact the Archives of Michigan for information about their collections and services.
Tutorial recordings from the Library of Michigan's 2021 Family History Virtual Series sessions:
Interested in learning more? Visit Programs for the Public to view the 2022 schedule of virtual and in-person programs.
FamilySearch is a nonprofit organization and website offering family history records, including several Michigan collections. Access is free, but users are required to create an account. The FamilySearch Research Wiki is an invaluable tool for researchers.
View family pedigrees compiled for Michigan governors.
A listing of Michigan genealogical and historical societies, contact information, and links to their sites.
A freely available website founded by the Library of Michigan and the Archives of Michigan. Digital collections, including nearly 1 million Michigan death certificates (1897-1943) from the Library of Michigan's collection, state census records (1827- 1894), Civil War service records, and much more.
Michigan genealogical societies and professional genealogists will provide genealogical research services for a fee.
The Library of Michigan offers a wide range of digital resources for family history researchers. Listed below are databases available for patrons with library cards from the Library of Michigan.
The largest Electronic Collection of Biographical Information on African Americans, spanning 1790-1950. Includes photographs and illustrations, and covers the famous to the everyday person. Information ranges from biographical profiles to full-text sketches.
Includes billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more. *Remote access will end after December 31, 2021.
Dig deeper into the Ann Arbor News! Our new collection expands our access from 1923 to the current date.
The experience and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media, from 1704 through present day.
Black Thought and Culture A landmark digital library of approximately 100,000 pages of non-fiction writings by major American black leaders and public figures covering 250 years of history. In addition standard works, it also includes previously inaccessible material, including letters, speeches, political leaflets, interviews, trial transcripts, and the like.
Access coverage of The Detroit News from 1873-1999 as well as other selected papers from around the state, including all MLive-owned publications from 2002-present.
Access military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents, of the men and women who served.
Digitized copies of The Grand Rapids Press, published out of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Browse or search full text from 1893 - present.
The premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices for in-depth biographical and genealogical research from 1824 - today. Includes deep coverage from all 50 states, hard-to-find content from the mid 1900's, and original obituary images.
Produced for over a century, Sanborn maps are large-scale plans of a city or town, drawn at a scale of 50 feet to an inch. They were created to assist fire insurance companies as they assessed the risk associated with insuring a particular property. The maps list street blocks and building numbers including numbers in use at the time the map was made and previous numbers.
A popular history magazine with content useful to historians and genealogy researchers. Provided through the Michigan eLibrary.
Family history/genealogy resource including more than 6 billion historical records from the United States, Europe, Latin America, and other regions. Provided through the Michigan eLibrary.
Newspapers dating from 1759 to 1977, including communities around the country.
The largest online newspaper archive, covering 16,200+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s, with millions of additional pages added every month
Full-text access to newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press, providing researchers access to essential, often overlooked perspectives. The database now also contains Ethnic NewsWatch: A History, which provides historical coverage of Native American, African American, and Hispanic American periodicals from 1959-1989.
168 years of news coverage from the Detroit Free Press.
Primary source material essential to the study of American history and African American culture, history, politics, and the arts.
Digitized newspapers of Toronto, Canada that includes The Globe (1844-1936) and The Globe and Mail (1936-2017).