Magazine Articles and Databases

You must have a valid Public Libraries of Saginaw card to use the databases or be in the library.  Some databases are only available inside the library buildings. Please note that there are more databases available to you from the State of Michigan. These are located at the bottom of the page under the MEL link.

Databases brought to you by  the Public Libraries of Saginaw

National Geographic Magazine Archive,  1888-1994

As the official journal of the nonprofit National Geographic Society, National Geographic magazine built its reputation delivering the highest-quality photojournalism and cartography in the world.

As generations of researchers and fans will attest, this monthly publication provides unparalleled, in-depth coverage of cultures, nature, science, technology and more – making it an essential resource for educators and students as well as general readers. Thanks to advanced digital technology, The Public Libraries of Saginaw can now offer unlimited access to the magazine to the mid-1990s – every article from every issue, each fully searchable through an intuitive interface.



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Find information on topics related to business, health, education, the environment, government and more from (11/15/98-Current)

MEL Databases

You can access the MEL databases from the library or home using a Michigan Drivers License, State ID, or Library Card. Click on the logo or here to access them now. These databases are provided by the Library of Michigan.



Business Research

Genealogy Resources

America’s Obituaries and Death Notices

America’s Obituaries & Death Notices is NewsBank’s large and comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and death notices from around the United States. Each obituary or death notice is indexed by the name of the deceased person, to make searching easier and more precise. In addition, the text of each obituary or death notice is searchable, making it easy to find just what you’re looking for using a place of residence, occupation, names of family members, or other personal information.

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.