Trace Your Family Tree

If you're interested in researching your family history, there are many online resources available to begin your search (and a lot of them are free!).  Use the attached worksheet to document your progress!

Essentials

These databases and websites include a wealth of vital records.

Ancestry (CPL card required - check for possible remote availability)

Cyndi's List - A very extensive list of all things genealogy.

FamilySearch - The genealogy site of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints offers records as well as research.  

Find a Grave - This site features millions of uploaded pictures of graves across the United States.  

MyHeritage Library Edition  - A great place to start your research for vital records.

Immigration

Castle Garden Records  - Records from 1830-1892.

Ellis Island Records  - Records from 1892-1924.

Steve Morse One Step Webpages  - Searches across a number of websites and databases.  

Maps & Land

Bureau of Land Management  - Was your relative a homesteader?  Find out here. 

Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps  - Historic fire insurance maps. 

Newspapers

Canton Observer (1974- June 2019) - Brought to you by the Canton Public Library.

Digital Michigan Newspaper Portal  - Includes a number of digitized historical newspapers throughout the state of Michigan.

Genealogy Societies

Fred Hart Williams Genealogical Society - Researching African American history since 1979.

The Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County - Check the website for meeting dates and times.

Western Wayne County Genealogical Society  - Started in 1976, this society covers the western portion of Wayne County including Livonia, Northville, Redford, Westland, Canton Township,Wayne, Romulus, Garden City, Plymouth,
Huron Township, Belleville, Van Buren Township, and Sumpter Township.

List of Michigan Genealogical Societies  - Genealogical societies throughout the state of Michigan.

 

Michigan Genealogy

Archives of Michigan - Located in the Michigan Library and Historical Center, the Archives preserves the records of Michigan government. 

Library of Michigan - The Library of Michigan is home to a great diversity of local history materials, including: city and county histories, newspaper clippings, vital records, cemetery transcripts, and plat maps. 

Michiganology - the online platform of the Archives of Michigan includes research guides and indexes, as well as access to more than three million state and local government records and private manuscripts, maps and photographs.

 

Genealogy for Kids

Check out this list of apps and websites from Scholastic to get your child interested in family history.  

Books

Also available in: e-book

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