Genealogy Websites & Databases

You may be required to enter your library card # to access certain resources.

Cyndi’s List
A comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.

Ellis Island
Free port of New York passenger records search.
Free family history & genealogy records.

Genealogy in Time
Search 2.2 billion free ancestral records from around the world.
Help on how to begin your genealogy research.
A free genealogy search site that provides a means to gather a large amount of data for a surname.

Heritage Quest Online
Heritage Quest Online includes all of the images, and extensive indexing, from the 1790-1930 U.S. federal censuses.

National Archives
Resources and tools for genealogists.

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness
RAOGK is a global volunteer organization.  Our volunteers take time to do everything from looking up courthouse records to taking pictures of tombstones.  All they ask in return is reimbursement for their expenses (never their time) and a thank you.

Roots Web
The primary purpose and function of is to connect prople so that they can help each other and share genealogical research.
Ship manifests, census listings and vital records.

The USGenWeb Project
Free genealogy websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.  This project is non-commercial and fully committed to free genealogy access for everyone.

Views of the Past
Vintage photographs of Michigan towns and landmarks.

Local History Websites

Great Lakes Region Archives
These offices work together to preserve and make available the documents created by Federal agencies in the Great Lakes Region.

MeL Michigana
Over 50,000 items from a broad spectrum of libraries and historical institutions in Michigan are included in this free online collection.

Michigan Family History & Genealogy
Links to MIchigan History & Genealogy departments.

Milford Historical Society
A resource for those interested in the history of Milford Township and the city of Milford, Michigan.

Salem Area Historical Society
The Salem Area Historical Society is a group of citizens working to preserve, archive and inform others on the history of Salem Township, Michigan and its surrounding area.

South Lyon Historical Society
Information about the initiative to preserve the history of the South Lyon area, headquartered in the historic Witch’s Hat Depot.

Genealogy Resources at LTPL

Lyon Township Public Library is a Family History Center affiliate.  We are pleased to have one of the premiere genealogical research departments in SE Michigan. Local history and Michigan history are well represented in our materials, including scrapbooks of birth, marriage, and death records, a full collection of the South Lyon Herald on CD dating back to 1929, local cemetery indexes, records of Phillips Funeral Home in South Lyon, and local family histories. The library has a large collection of reference materials as well as books and videos available for loan. For those of you who want to share your genealogy experiences and learn along with other aspiring genealogists there is a Genealogy Club that meets monthly. Please come and explore what the library may have for you!

We have a dedicated genealogy computer with genealogy databases and a digital microfilm reader/scanner.  Library customers may access the computer on a first come, first served basis, or may reserve the computer to guarantee it’s availability.

Cathy Cottone has been the Genealogist at the Lyon Township Public Library for over ten years. Cathy can help you get started on your own genealogy and family tree and give research advice. Cathy is available for personal consultation by appointment.

To make an appointment, please complete the form below.

Genealogy Book Club

The genealogy book club meets the second Thursday of the month at 2:00 p.m.  All are welcome to join us for a casual conversation about a genealogically relevant read.  Books are available for checkout at the library circulation desk, and can be put on hold through the library catalog.

Join us on October 13 at 2:00 pm as we discuss this month’s book:  “Mapping the Farm”  by John Hildebrand.