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Genealogy Resources
Global Genealogy Resources

Heritage Quest   |   Free   |   call library for password

Family history/genealogy resource including more than 6 billion historical ​records from the United States, Europe, Latin America, and other regions. Includes the full USA federal census (1790-1940); census of England and Wales (1841-1901); U.S. World War II Army Enlistment as well as records of Union and Confederate Civil War soldiers. Over 2 billion family trees.

Fold3   |   Free   |   call library for password

Fold3 features premier collections of original military records. These records include the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served in the military. Many of the records come from the U.S. National archives, The National Archives of the U.K. and other international records.

Family Search   |   Free   |   in-library access for more complete records

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides FamilySearch free of charge to everyone, regardless of tradition, culture, or religious affiliation. FamilySearch resources help millions of people around the world discover their heritage and connect with family members. Affiliate libraries (such as Hamburg Library) grant patrons access to over 2 billions digitized records, including approximately 400 million images that are currently not available to the public outside the affiliate library.

Find A Grave   |   Free

Find the graves of ancestors, create virtual memorials or add photos, virtual flowers and a note to a loved one's memorial. Search or browse cemeteries and grave records for every-day and famous people from around the world.


United States Genealogy Resources

Digital State Archives   |   Free

Digitized information for each state. The site itself is free, but as you click into the archive of the state you need it may lead to some pay walls.

Google News Archive   |   Free

This site holds digitized newspapers from across the United States and the world. Locations and dates vary.

Library of Congress   |   Free

This site has a selection of digitized newspapers from various areas of the United States dating from 1789 - 1922.

National Archives   |   Free

This site offers resources, charts and forms, free databases, a variety of records and tips and tools for researching.


Michigan Genealogy Resources

Central Michigan University Digital Collections   |   Free

Clarke Historical Library of CMU offers connections to digitized newspapers from across Michigan. Availability of locations and dates varies.

Library of Michigan   |   Free

This site holds digitized newspapers from across the United States and the world. Locations and dates vary.

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services   |   Free

This site offers a Genealogical Death Indexing System with records from 1867 - 1940.

Michiganology   |   Free

This is a beautiful site chronicling Michigan history. They offer viewable death records, old photographs from different places around Michigan, and Civil War records, including diary entries and letters.


Additional Genealogy Resources

Bible Records Online   |   Free

This site is actively working to transcribe information from as many family Bibles as they can. There are a limited number of family Bibles here, but it is worth checking into.

Cyndi's List   |   Free

This site hosts a comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.

Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter   |   Free

This site hosts an online newsletter, forums, and a chat room full of genealogy information and news.

Family Tree Magazine   |   Free - subscription available

This site hosts an online newsletter, forums, and a chat room full of genealogy information and news.

Family Tree Maker   |   One Time Purchase

This site offers a very popular tree building software available for a one time fee.

Genealogy Blog   |   Free

This blog is run by Leland & Patty Meitzler and offers news and information on genealogy and resources.

Thought Co.   |   Free

This site touts itself as a premier reference site with a 20+ year focus on expert-created education content.


Tree Builders

Family Echo   |   Free

This site offers a free online family tree builder that is great for beginners. It also offers links to additional genealogy resources and great tips for getting started.

Genbox Family History   |   One-time purchase

This site offers tree building software with a 30-day free trial prior to purchase.

GenoPro   |   One-time purchase

This site offers a tree drawing and genogram program with advanced features for a one time fee.

Gramps   |   Free

This site offers a free, open-source family tree building software.

Heredis   |   One-time purchase

This site offers a new family tree building software that is available for Mac and Windows operating systems. There is a free trial option prior to purchase.

Legacy Family Tree   |   Free - One-time purchase available

This site offers a two versions of a family tree building software. The standard version is free. A deluxe version is available for a one time fee.

MyHeritage Family Tree Builder    |   Free

This site offers a free family tree building software suite with lots of bells and whistles, including free apps for syncing to mobile for genealogy on the go.

Reunion   |   One-time purchase

This site offers family tree building software for Mac operating systems. There is a demo option available for free.

Roots Magic   |   Free - One-time purchase available

This site offers a two versions of a family tree building software. The essentials version is free. A full version is available for a one time fee.