Family History Resources

  • African American Biographical Database (Chadwyck-Healy)

    The largest Electronic Collection of Biographical Information on African Americans, spanning 1790-1950. Includes photographs and illustrations, and covers the famous to the everyday person. Information ranges from biographical profiles to full-text sketches.

  • Ancestry Library Edition

    Includes billions of records in census data, vital records, directories, photos, and more.

  • Black Thought and Culture (Alexander Street)

    Black Thought and Culture A landmark digital library of approximately 100,000 pages of non-fiction writings by major American black leaders and public figures covering 250 years of history. In addition standard works, it also includes previously inaccessible material, including letters, speeches, political leaflets, interviews, trial transcripts, and the like.

  • Fold3 by Ancestry

    Access military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents, of the men and women who served.

  • Michigan History Magazine

    A popular history magazine with content useful to historians and genealogy researchers. Provided through the Michigan eLibrary.

  • MyHeritage Library Edition

    Family history/genealogy resource including more than 6 billion historical ​records from the United States, Europe, Latin America, and other regions. Provided through the Michigan eLibrary.

  • NewspaperArchive

    Newspapers dating from 1759 to 1977, including communities around the country.

  • Newspapers.com by Ancestry World Edition

    The largest online newspaper archive, covering 16,200+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s, with millions of additional pages added every month

  • ProQuest Ethnic NewsWatch

    Full-text access to newspapers, magazines, and journals of the ethnic and minority press, providing researchers access to essential, often overlooked perspectives. The database now also contains Ethnic NewsWatch: A History, which provides historical coverage of Native American, African American, and Hispanic American periodicals from 1959-1989.

  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Detroit Free Press, 1831-1999

    168 years of news coverage from the Detroit Free Press.

  • ProQuest Historical Newspapers: Michigan Chronicle, 1936 - 2010

    Primary source material essential to the study of American history and African American culture, history, politics, and the arts. 

Other Online Resources

  • ProQuest Congressional

    A comprehensive collection of congressional documents from 1789 to the present, including the Congressional Globe, Congressional Record, Congressional Research Service reports, laws, bills and legislative histories.

  • Proquest Ebook Central

    A one-stop source for scholarly books in a variety of subject areas.

  • ProQuest Education Database

    Tap into literature on primary, secondary, and higher education, as well  as special education, home schooling, adult education, and hundreds of related topics.

  • ProQuest Education Magazine Archive

    This backfile of 26 major education magazines and trade publications offers insights into educational history, theory, and perspectives, reflecting more than a century of evolving trends, issues, values, and practice in areas such as teaching methods, policy / administration, and resources.

  • ProQuest Indian Claims Insight

    Includes briefs, dockets, decisions and testimony in claims before the Indian Claims Commission and US Court of Claims, treaties, related congressional publications, and maps.

  • ProQuest Public Health Database

    An ideal starting point for public health information and research, with coverage of a wide variety of disciplines ranging from social sciences and biological sciences to business.