• Online Resources for Library of Michigan Cardholders

    The Library of Michigan subscribes to a number of online databases that are accessible for Library of Michigan library cardholders. To apply for a card, go to our online application form.

Family History Resources

  • 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 Life in America (NewsBank)

    The experience and impact of African Americans as recorded by the news media, from 1704 through present day.

  • 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.

  • Detroit News Historical (1873-1999), MLive publications, and more (NewsBank)

    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.

  • Fold3 by Ancestry

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

  • Heritage Hub (Newsbank)

    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. 

  • Michigan Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970

    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.

  • 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. 

Other Online Resources

  • ProQuest Congressional

    A comprehensive collection of congressional documents from 1789 to the present, including the Congressional Globe, Congressional Record, Congressional Research Service reports, laws, bills and legislative histories.

  • Proquest Ebook Central

    A one-stop source for scholarly books in a variety of subject areas.

  • ProQuest Education Database

    Tap into literature on primary, secondary, and higher education, as well  as special education, home schooling, adult education, and hundreds of related topics.

  • ProQuest Education Magazine Archive

    This backfile of 26 major education magazines and trade publications offers insights into educational history, theory, and perspectives, reflecting more than a century of evolving trends, issues, values, and practice in areas such as teaching methods, policy / administration, and resources.

  • ProQuest Indian Claims Insight

    Includes briefs, dockets, decisions and testimony in claims before the Indian Claims Commission and US Court of Claims, treaties, related congressional publications, and maps.

  • ProQuest Public Health Database

    An ideal starting point for public health information and research, with coverage of a wide variety of disciplines ranging from social sciences and biological sciences to business.