MeL (Michigan e Library)

Administered by the Library of Michigan in partnership with Michigan’s libraries of all types, the Michigan eLibrary (http://mel.org) will provide all Michigan residents with free access to online full-text articles, full-text books, digital images, and other valuable research information at any time via the Internet; and provide an easy-to-use interlibrary loan system to allow Michigan residents to borrow books and other library materials for free from participating Michigan libraries.

  • MeL Databases allow you instant access to full-text articles from tens of thousands of magazines and newspapers. Databases are available for kids, adults, and on specialized topics such as car repair and practice tests.
  • MeLCat allows you to order books, audio books, music, movies and other materials and have them delivered to your participating library. View a video to familiarize yourself with MeLCat.
  • MeL Michigana contains photographs, diaries, oral histories, local records and historical Michigan data. View a video to familiarize yourself with MeL Michigana.
  • MeL Portals include specialized resources such as those in health, business and areas for kids and teens.

We are very happy to share some great news to the patrons of Lyon Township Public Library!  Because of 2 very generous donations to our genealogy department – we are able to purchase the Fold3 database for the next year.
 
The Fold3 name comes from a traditional flag folding ceremony in which the third fold is made in honor and remembrance of veterans who served in defense of their country and to maintain peace throughout the world.
This database provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served.  This continually-growing collection contains millions of records from world-class archives, many of which are exclusively available on Fold3. 
With content from the Revolutionary War onward, Fold3 Library Edition is an invaluable research resource for historians, genealogists, researchers, military enthusiasts, veterans and their families, teachers, and battle reenactors.
Only Fold3 Library Edition by Ancestry combines official military records with deep first-person content, including bios, photos, letters and more. More than 470 million searchable records span
hundreds of years. Coverage includes:
• Revolutionary War
• Civil War
• War of 1812
• Mexican American and Early Indian Wars
• World Wars I and II
• Korean and Vietnam Conflicts
• Recent Wars
• International Records 
 
Fold3 Library Edition also encompasses the following special collections:
• African American Archives
• American Revolution Archives
• Native American Archives
• FBI Case File Archives
• World War II Archives
• Holocaust Archives
 
This database is available on all of our computers in the library and is also accessible from home if you have a valid Lyon Township Public Library card.

 

We are happy to now provide LTPL customers with access to ReferenceUSA!

Library card holders may now use Reference USA, a powerful online research tool providing instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth and easy to navigate information on 17 million U.S. and Canadian businesses, 210 million U.S. residents, and 12 million Canadian households.
LTPL has subscribed to this service so that all library card holders can access Reference USA at this link:  referenceusa.com

The Ann Arbor / Detroit Historical Newspaper Archives

 

Search people, places, organizations, events, historical topics and more from the Ann Arbor News and The Detroit News. This authoritative source for Michigan information includes birth, marriage and death notices. Content is currently available from 1845-1922 and 1999-current. We eventually hope to provide continuous coverage from 1845-current. Your feedback would be appreciated. Acquisition depends upon community interest and support.

In House Databases

 

Several databases are accessible from the library, using library public access computers.  The following databases are available for use at the library:

  • Ancestry Library
  • Find My Past
  • American Ancestors