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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.

  • Ancestry Library Edition

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

  • 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 Historical Newspapers: Detroit Free Press, 1831-1999

    168 years of news coverage from the Detroit Free Press.