Patrons working at the Library of Michigan
  • Family History Research at the 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.

Family History Resources

Family History Databases

  • Databases through the Library of Michigan

    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.

  • African American Biographical Database (Chadwyck-Healy)

    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.

  • Ancestry Library Edition

    Includes billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more.

  • Black Thought and Culture (Alexander Street)

    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.

  • Fold3 by Ancestry

    Access military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents, of the men and women who served.

  • Michigan History Magazine

    A popular history magazine with content useful to historians and genealogy researchers. Provided through the Michigan eLibrary.

  • MyHeritage Library Edition

    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.

  • NewspaperArchive

    Newspapers dating from 1759 to 1977, including communities around the country.

  • Newspapers.com by Ancestry World Edition

    The largest online newspaper archive, covering 16,200+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s, with millions of additional pages added every month

  • ProQuest Ethnic NewsWatch

    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.

  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Detroit Free Press, 1831-1999

    168 years of news coverage from the Detroit Free Press.

  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Michigan Chronicle, 1936 - 2010

    Primary source material essential to the study of American history and African American culture, history, politics, and the arts.