Genealogy Websites & Databases

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Ancestry Library Edition
ProQuest has partnered with to create Ancestry® Library Edition, one of the most important genealogical collections available today.  It has unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada, Europe, Australia and other areas of the world!  This collection, with thousands of databases and billions of indexed names, is essential to having a broad genealogy collection, and its valuable content is a strong complement to HeritageQuest® Online.  Access to this database is available on-site at the library.

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.

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.

Fold3 is a database of documents, images, and other material covering American military history, owned by the genealogical database Fold3 has significant collections covering African-American history, Native American history, the American Revolutionary War, the American Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Vietnam War, the US Bureau of Investigation, Project Blue Book and other aspects of American’s history and military organizations and conflicts. 100 accounts for a year’s worth of access are available for Wikipedia editors.

You can access Fold3 from our library computers or on your own device by clicking the Fold3 link above and using your library card number to login.

Genealogy in Time
Search 2.2 billion free ancestral records from around the world.
Help on how to begin your genealogy research.

With billions of genealogy records, newspapers, obituaries, find more than just dates. Uncover your family history today!
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.

With our new operating millage, we are able to offer our library customers access to the
following Newsbank databases:

  • America’s News
    With unmatched U.S. news content from local, regional, and national sources,
    this resource is the largest of its kind. Its diverse source types include printed and
    online newspapers, blogs, journals, newswires, broadcast transcripts and videos.
    Explore a specific issue or event through the detailed coverage provided by local
    reporting or compare a wide variety of viewpoints from across the country on topics
    such as politics, business, health, sports, cultural activities and people.
  • America’s Obituaries and Death Notices
    The largest and most comprehensive collection of newspaper obituaries and
    death notices. Extensive editorial review of all newspaper sections ensures thorough
    selection of obituaries for easy access. An easy-to-use interface allows searching by
    name, date range, or text such as institutional name, social affiliation(s), geographic
    location(s), philanthropic activities, etc.
    Click the links to access Newsbank. You will need to enter your library card number.

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.

ProQuest Help
Use these links to access helpful hints, tutorials and webinars for using these ProQuest databases, available through the library:

HeritageQuest Online provides genealogical and historical sources for more than 60 countries, with coverage dating back as early as the 1700s.

Fold3™ Library Edition by Ancestry provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos and documents of the men and women who served.

ProQuest has partnered with to create Ancestry® Library Edition, one of the most important genealogical collections available today.  It has unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada, Europe, Australia and other areas of the world!

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.

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 Book Club

Genealogy Book Club meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 2:00 pm.  Join us on April 11 as we discuss “Jefferson’s Daughters” by Catherine Kerrison.

All are welcome!

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