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All materials in the Burton Collection are reference and cannot leave the reading room. Material is accessed through a number of card catalogs. Only items that have been added to the collection since 1987 are in the library's iBistro electronic catalog. Photocopying is subject to approval; many items are fragile, oversized or subject to other restrictions and cannot be placed on a copier. Use of patron's digital camera may be permitted for items not approved for photocopying. Inquiries may be made by phone, mail (including e-mail), and in person. A list of researchers is provided to those needing extensive research. The Burton Historical Collection is both a repository of records of the past and a workshop of historical activity in the present. Its emphasis is on the history of Detroit and Michigan from the time of settlement in the 17th century to the present. The background history encompasses the Great Lakes area, New England, and New France. One will find local and county histories for both the United States and Canada. Noted for its source material, the Collection contains books, pamphlets, bound newspapers, atlases, maps, pictures, photographs, personal papers, archives, business records, and ephemeral items such newspaper clippings, broadsides, and scrapbooks.
[Located in Category: Michigan Sites]
The Ancestry.com Wiki is made up of four kinds of fantastic content: 1. The Source: A Guidebook to American Genealogy 2. Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources 3. Other great Ancestry.com content 4. Content added by you (look for source information -- add many grains of salt to posted items) We know that each genealogist is an expert in his or her own field and we invite you share your expertise. If that means correcting some outdated information from one of our printed sources, that’s great. If it means writing a brand new article about a topic we haven’t covered yet, even better.
[Located in Category: Free Sites]
The Library of Michigan Digitization for Preservation and Access Grant was awarded to the Detroit Public Library in 2005. The grant allowed for the creation of a digital database of 19th century and pre-1922 photographs of Detroit. The formats include glass negatives, lantern slides, cased images, albumen prints and stereograph cards from the Detroit Public Library's Burton Historical Collection. These images illustrate the social and cultural history of Detroit as well as document the historical events that have occurred in the city.
[Located in Category: Michigan Sites]
In addition to Sprenger's Guide to the Manuscript Collection in the Burton Historical Collection Detroit Public Library and the traditional card catalog at the library, there is an online catalog. Some of the catalog entries have links to finding aids, most do not. To search this catalog of 3,400 entries, do the following: Select Search/Home; Select Power Search; Enter your search terms; From the Item Category 1 drop down, select Burton Historical Collection SNAP Grant Catalog; Click Search
[Located in Category: Michigan Sites]
The Bentley Historical Library was established in 1935 by the University of Michigan Regents to carry out two functions: to serve as the official archives of the University and to document the history of the state of Michigan and the activities of its people, organizations and voluntary associations. Episcopal Church Records are archived at the Bentley.
[Located in Category: Free Sites]
FreeBMD is an ongoing project, the aim of which is to transcribe the Civil Registration index of births, marriages and deaths for England and Wales, and to provide free Internet access to the transcribed records. It is a part of the FreeUKGEN family, which also includes FreeCEN (Census data) and FreeREG (Parish Registers).
[Located in Category: National - Ethnic Groups]
The Burton Historical Collection has over 250,000 images which were cataloged in a traditional card catalog arranged by subject and, thereunder, by name of subject. There is also an online, searchable, digital database of 13,000 (pre-1922) images available.
[Located in Category: Michigan Sites]
The Bureau of Land Management(BLM), General Land Office (GLO) Records Automation web site. We provide live access to Federal land conveyance records for the Public Land States, including image access to more than five million Federal land title records issued between 1820 and the present. We also have images related to survey plats and field notes, dating back to 1810. Due to organization of documents in the GLO collection, this site does not currently contain every Federal title record issued for the Public Land States.
[Located in Category: Free Sites]
The Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System is a computerized database containing very basic facts about servicemen who served on both sides during the Civil War. The initial focus of the CWSS is the Names Index Project, a project to enter names and other basic information from 6.3 million soldier records in the National Archives. The facts about the soldiers were entered from records that are indexed to many millions of other documents about Union and Confederate Civil War soldiers maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration.
[Located in Category: Free Sites]
Access to trial court records varies from state to state, and many trial courts offer online access to court records or court case information through statewide judiciary or individual court websites. Use CourtReference.com to find online court records and contact information for trial courts in every state and county. To help make a search for court records more targeted and effective, CourtReference.com also offers a summary chart of the types of cases heard by each type of court in each state, as well as more detailed information about the jurisdiction of each type of court.
[Located in Category: Free Sites]
A free genealogy software program which is a lot like PAF if it had been updated with more features. Contains all essential features for working with a family tree.
[Located in Category: Genealogy Software]
Ancestry.com has a number of databases and documents that are available for search and print. Membership costs $$$. Some databases are available for free (new ones usually are available for a week after their introduction.
[Located in Category: Subscription Sites]
One of the original and still one of the best on-line collections of various web sites where information is available to researchers. Cyndi is constantly updating and adding to the site. There are pages of Michigan sites available.
[Located in Category: Free Sites]
The original city directory for Detroit for 1837, indexed for quick search. This book was in fairly rough condition as the pages were covered in mold. The scans of these pages are about as clear as the originals.
[Located in Category: Michigan Sites]
The 1928 Detroit City Directory is available on-line.
[Located in Category: Michigan Sites]
[Located in Category: Subscription Sites]
Established in 1921, the Detroit Historical Society’s mission is to educate and inspire our community and visitors by preserving and portraying our region’s shared history through dynamic exhibits and experiences. The Society is responsible for the overall management and operations of the Detroit Historical Museum, Dossin Great Lakes Museum, and a Collection of more than 200,000 artifacts.
[Located in Category: Michigan Sites]
Free!
[Located in Category: Genealogy Software]
Please email suggestions to Katherine R. Willson (Ann Arbor, MI) at moonswings@gmail.com. This list does not promote for-profit businesses.
[Located in Category: Free Sites]
For 20 years, Family Tree Maker has been the #1-selling genealogy software helping people just like you discover and preserve their family’s heritage. Beginners enjoy the easy navigation and tree-building tools; more experienced users appreciate the program’s robust features and wide variety of charts and reports. Build your family tree by entering what you already know. The dynamic interface helps you navigate your tree with ease. You can view multiple generations at one time, navigate to any individual in your tree with the click of a mouse, and quickly add or edit life events. Discover new family members without leaving your computer. Search the billions of records on Ancestry.com—the world’s largest online family history resource—directly from Family Tree Maker. Quickly merge information you find into your family tree. Bring your family history to life with photographs, video and audio clips, and historical records. You can also access interactive street and satellite maps to view the important locations in your ancestors’ lives. Share your tree with others by creating a variety of beautiful family tree charts, timelines, research reports, and even family history books.
[Located in Category: Genealogy Software]
Detroit, Michigan is an amazing, misjudged city with a wonderfully rich history. History Detroit is my attempt to share this history with anyone with a modem and an interest. History Detroit is a HUGE undertaking - and will remain a work in progress for a long time. Accompanying the site, is a comprehensive (well, it will be comprehensive) database of Detroit history.
[Located in Category: Michigan Sites]
By county.
[Located in Category: National - Ethnic Groups]
The Shtetl of Detroit" is in the process of developing. Because of different internet browsers and different computer monitors, sometimes the complete HEADER FRAME with the navigation tabs may be covered by the "information frame" -- if so, please follow the directions at the very top of the screen . UNDER THE "RESEARCH TAB" is the 1920-1921 Detroit Street Re-Numbering Guide that everyone is free to use as they wish.........this is "The Rosetta Stone" that lists every street in alphabetical order, then lists both the OLD and NEW NUMBER for all houses, buildings, structures, etc. -- this document will give researchers the definitive information whether the house number they have "found" is either from prior to 1921 or after 1920..... i have found it to be an invaluable tool in my research and am happy to be able to share it with anyone who needs it.......
[Located in Category: National - Ethnic Groups]
This is a cumulative full-name index merging many Michigan publications and manuscripts. To access the index, click on the first letter of their surname at the top of the page, and browse down to the surname you are researching. This is a cumulative full-name index merging many Michigan publications and manuscripts. To access the index, click on the first letter of their surname at the top of the page, and browse down to the surname you are researching. This web site is by our own, James N. Jackson who indexes many of our publications.
[Located in Category: Michigan Sites]
The Dearborn Genealogical Society serves the City of Dearborn, Wayne County, Michigan and the surrounding area.
[Located in Category: Societies of Interest]
COLLECTION, concentrating mainly on High School Yearbooks in Detroit and metro-Detroit, currently has over 112,000 names of graduating seniors - as an example, type in MANSON in the last name input box and then click on the "Search" button.
[Located in Category: Michigan Sites]
The Michigan County Histories and Atlases Digitization Project is comprised of 428 digitized titles (many composed of multiple volumes) published before 1923. Keyword search and page by page viewing is available at The Library of the University of Michigan
[Located in Category: Michigan Sites]
Family Search has a number of databases -- many of original documents that have been scanned and indexed. By county and within the US, by State.
[Located in Category: Free Sites]
FGS was founded in 1976 and represents the members of hundreds of genealogical societies.
[Located in Category: Societies of Interest]
Search for photographs, maps, spoken histories, and documents. You can narrow your search by checking the check boxes next to each type of media. The Early Documents Collection chronicles Michigan's road to statehood including the original Constitution passed in 1835 to the Senate Bill admitting Michigan as the 26th State of the Union.
[Located in Category: Michigan Sites]
Michigan Genealogy on the Web -- Part of The USGenWeb Project
[Located in Category: Michigan Sites]
As the first genealogical society in the State of Michigan dedicated to the research and preservation of our African-American history, we take pride in our heritage and our contributions to the world and especially this country. We share this knowledge with enthusiasm, so that we may take our rightful place in history.
[Located in Category: Societies of Interest]
Find the graves of ancestors, create virtual memorials, add 'virtual flowers' and a note to a loved one's grave, etc. See the graves of thousands of famous people from around the world.
[Located in Category: Free Sites]
[Located in Category: Subscription Sites]
The Society is dedicated to preserving Michigan's French-Canadian Heritage. Check their web site for meeting schedules and other announcements.
[Located in Category: Societies of Interest]
• Map Your Ancestors Around the World - Using Microsoft® Virtual Earth™, Legacy will automatically pinpoint and plot important locations in ancestors’ lives from within Legacy. See 3‐D, satellite and bird’s eye images of where your ancestors lived. Now it is easy to track your ancestor’s migration. • Create Beautiful Wall Charts - Create stunning graphical charts - ancestor, descendant, fan, hourglass, bow tie, and even DNA charts. See and share your ancestors’ pictures in ways that the whole family can enjoy. Use our chart printing service to print large charts on bond, presentation, glossy or matte canvas finishes. • Cite Your Sources With New Templates - The new Legacy SourceWriter™ will help you prepare properly formatted sources regardless of your expertise. Simply fill in the fields and Legacy creates the footnotes, endnotes, and bibliography for you, following industry standards. Sourcing has never been so easy! • Interview Center - Legacy has the perfect questions to interview your family. Choose from hundreds of carefully pre-written interview questions and memory triggers to help you capture their memories before it is too late, or write your own questions to be included.
[Located in Category: Genealogy Software]
9400 West Fort Street Detroit, Michigan 48209
[Located in Category: Michigan Sites]
Genealogical research has absolutely exploded in popularity among the general public over the last few years. This is not a huge surprise since tracing your own lineage back through history is often an exciting and rewarding experience. The process is easy in today's world since there is so much information available online. Modern technology makes it possible to conduct research that would have once required extensive travel and expense. However, there are so many genealogy websites that it can be a little overwhelming just figuring out where to start. The sites on this list are great, informative resources that are free to use (though some are only free for a limited period, and are listed accordingly). Thanks to the Dumelle Family for this link.
[Located in Category: Free Sites]
A database of burial records of six metro-Detroit Catholic cemeteries is now on-line. Cemeteries include Mt. Elliot, Mt. Olivet. Resurection, All Saints, Guardian Angel, and The Preserve which are all part of the Mt. Elliot Cemetery Association. The burials cover the years 1810 - 2011. Not all burials are listed and dates of death are missing on some burials.
[Located in Category: Michigan Sites]
The United States military keeps detailed records of its servicemen and -women making it the perfect resource for your genealogical search. From the Revolutionary War, 1775-1783, to the Vietnam War, 1955-1975, and beyond there are detailed service records. These resources are an invaluable tool in the search for your family.
[Located in Category: Free Sites]
Search the latest index of the world's books. Find millions of great books you can preview or read for free. Many old family history books are on line -- possibly your ancestor makes an appearance in one or more.
[Located in Category: Free Sites]
The Michigan Cemetery Source Database began as a printed biography of cemetery readings available in the Library of Michigan. As publishing an update became impossibly expensive, the bibliography was converted into an on-line database which is free to all. Viewers will find a list of cemetery listings (burial lists) available as well as links to cemetery lists which are on-line. Searches can be made by county, township, location, and cemetery name. This does NOT include a name index.
[Located in Category: Michigan Sites]
Have you inherited photos after someone passed with no clue who is in them? Ever been to an estate sale and found pictures and wonder, who is that? Have you taken photos years earlier but don't remember who was in them because you forgot to write it down? Do you have military photos that you don't know who they are? Have you found photos that were lost by someone else that you would like to get back to whom lost them? Natural Disaster took place and you found photos, we can help you return them to the owners. I am sure they would appreciate getting them back. This site has been created to help answer questions about a photo or to return a photo to whom it may belong to. Please take a look at the photos to see if you recognize them. If you do, please contact me at the link below, please include the picture number or identification information. The more exposure your photos get, the higher your chances are of solving your questions regarding your photo.
[Located in Category: Free Sites]
The Grosse Pointe Historical Society was organized in 1945 to promote the preservation of our local heritage and to share that knowledge with the community. The Society's logo represents the 18th century French windmill which stood on Windmill Pointe. The Society works to make the history of our exceptional community vital, relevant, and accessible. Through our programs, facilities, and events, we bring history to life and protect historic artifacts so that we all can experience the past first hand.
[Located in Category: Societies of Interest]
Founded in 1985 by Betty Provizer Starkman, the Jewish Genealogical Society of Michigan is a leader in education, research, information exchange forums and resources for Jewish genealogy. Most of our events are hosted at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
[Located in Category: National - Ethnic Groups]
To facilitate the discovery of our roots and family histories as a basic part of our Canadian heritage. To encourage the use of genealogy and the resources available in libraries and archives as tools for life-long learning.
[Located in Category: National - Ethnic Groups]
For over 30 years, the Macomb County Genealogy Group (MCGG) has been an organization for genealogists in Macomb County, Michigan, and the metro-Detroit area to learn about their chosen hobby, share their experiences, help each other and give back to the genealogical community.
[Located in Category: Societies of Interest]
RootsMagic 4 has been completely rewritten to be easier and more powerful than ever. Compare our features with any other genealogy software, or better yet, download our free version and take it for a spin. While every part of RootsMagic 4 is new, we have highlighted those features that are "especially" new and have linked them to our blog where we described them in more detail. If you don’t feel like clicking on all those links, there is, of course, the PDF book compiled by one of our faithful users which has all of those articles in one convenient place.
[Located in Category: Genealogy Software]
Full access to one of the world's largest libraries. The American Memory Collection and Chronicling America Collections are invaluable.
[Located in Category: Free Sites]
Linkpendium is being developed by Karen Isaacson and Brian (Wolf) Leverich, founders of the extremely popular RootsWeb genealogical community site. Genealogical Links by Localities (USA, UK, Ireland). Surname Links Worldwide.
[Located in Category: Free Sites]