Local History & Genealogy


  • Ancestry Library Edition
    Genealogy research product that provides access to more than 2 billion names, more than 3,000 databases, primary source documents and images and a variety of genealogical research features, with new resources added daily. .
  • Library of Michigan – Michigan Materials
    Contains information about Michigan facts and links to the Michigan Collection including County Guides, Historical Research Collections, Michigan Imprints 1851-1876, Michigan Bibliographies and the Michigan Digital Collections.
  • Library of Michigan Newspapers
    Contains links to Michigan Newspaper finding aids for news or obituaries by City and County, a list of newspaper holdings on microfilm, newspaper family histories and other newspaper resources.
  • MyHeritage Library Edition
    MyHeritage Library Edition is one of the largest, most internationally diverse genealogy databases of its kind. Access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos and other resources in thousands of databases that span the past five centuries.
  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers
    Dive into Michigan's history with ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Michigan Collection, a subscription database offering digitized newspapers from 1910 to the present day. This database includes: Battle Creek Enquirer 1918–Present, Detroit Free Press 1923–Present, Lansing State Journal 1911–Present, and Times Herald (Port Huron) 1910–Present.
  • Redford Archives
    The Redford Township Local History Archives is an ongoing project started by the Redford Township District Library to preserve, digitize and share local historical materials. This digitization project provides a searchable archive database that can be used by anyone in the world. Contains The Redford Observer (1955-2017); The Township News (1963-1968);  The Redford Township News (1968-1971); The Suburban News (1971-1990); The Township North End News (1967-1968); Redford Township High School Yearbooks; Polks Directory of Redford, Brightmoor, and Rosedale Park (1925); Death Records filed in the Redford Township Clerk's Office (August 1897 - April 1952); and miscellaneous historical documents.
  • Redford Township Historical Commission
    The Redford Township Historical Commission is located at 12895 Berwyn, Redford, MI 48239 (south of I-96 Service Drive, west of  Beech Daly beside the Thurston High School baseball field). They are open the first and third Saturdays of the month, from 12 to 3 pm. The Historical Commission may be reached at (313) 387-2577.
  • Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps
    The Library of Congress has placed online nearly 25,000 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps, which depict the structure and use of buildings in U.S. cities and towns. Maps will be added monthly until 2020, for a total of approximately 500,000.
  • Seeking Michigan
    Family and local history records courtesy of the Archives of Michigan. Find death records, state census records, records about Michigan and the Civil War, and great Michigan history resources for kids and their teachers.

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