Genealogy Resources & Links

Genealogy Resources

American Ancestors
The New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston, Massachusetts was founded in 1845 and is one of the country’s leading research centers for genealogists. Their online database contains vital records, city and town directories, census, tax and voter lists, church records, diaries and journals, published genealogies and biographies, newspapers and periodicals, and many other resources to help genealogists with their research.

This site is only available inside any of our library buildings.

Ancestry Library Edition
This site is a special version of that is only available to patrons at libraries. It has added features plus free access to information you would normally pay for on the regular site.This site is only available inside any of our library buildings.

Historical Detroit Free Press (1831-1922)
The Detroit Free Press is a rich source of genealogical and local history information. It covers the period before statehood, the American Civil War, and the growth of the mining, lumber and automotive industries. The information contained within the scanned and searchable pages is not limited to just Detroit area news. Researchers can find local news stories and family information for towns located throughout Michigan.This database may be accessed from inside the library or from home by library card holders within the service area.

Heritage Quest
Search the census to find ancestors and relatives in the complete set of US Federal Census Records from 1790-1930. Search books to find information on people and places described in over 25,000 family and local histories.This database may be accessed from inside the library or from home and is brought to you by the Library of Michigan.

Mel Michigana
A digital archive of Michigan history, including photographs, oral histories, diaries, county histories, maps, atlases, and much more.


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Genealogy Links

Castle Garden
A database of immigrants who arrived in this New York port from 1820-1892, before the opening of Ellis Island.

Cyndi’s List of Genealogy Sites
One of the most popular and useful lists for genealogical research. It contains well over 100,000 genealogy sites.

Ellis Island
The American Family Immigration History Center. Search for family members who entered this country via Ellis Island, the ships they arrived on, the manifests, and more from 1892-1924.

The online version of the world’s largest genealogical database; maintained by the Church of Latter Day Saints.

Find a Grave
Find the graves of your ancestors and famous people from around the world.

GENDIS Michigan
The Genealogical Death Indexing System provided by the Michigan Division of Vital Records and Health Statistics.

Online Searchable Death Indexes for the USA
State data, county data, general databases, and links to other widely used genealogy sites are found here.

A site to share genealogical research, find and communicate with family members, and volunteer for genealogy projects.

The Saginaw Genealogical Society
Learn about all the activities and valuable genealogical assistance this society offers for and about the Saginaw community. The society meets regularly in the Hoyt Main Library.

Seeking Michigan
Library of Michigan State-wide collection of death certificates for the years 1897-1920.

Free genealogy websites for researching in every County and State in the U.S.

Vital Records Information
Contains information about where to obtain vital records (such as birth, death & marriage certificates and divorce decrees) from each state, territory and county of the United States.

World-wide access to genealogical and historical records and resources.