12 April 2022

Using the Library of Michigan in Your Genealogy Research

Have you heard that the Library of Michigan has updated their website? I can hear the groans now, but you have to check the website out, you won't be disappointed. I love websites that puts the information most used front and center. The Library of Michigan's website does that.

Answer Catalog at the Library of Michigan

Scroll down under the beautiful picture of the library and you will find the Answer Catalog. This is the collection catalog for the Library of Michigan and the Archives of Michigan and other libraries (Law library, Michigan State University libraries, Government Documents, Map Library and more). Some of these libraries are located offsite from the Library of Michigan. If visiting, make note of which library holds the resource you are looking for.

The Answer Catalog has not changed its look. I entered Calhoun County, Michigan in the keyword search and found 580 results. I am sure there is something for every Calhoun County genealogist. The drop-down menu shows the libraries that use the Answer Catalog. You can search by Entire Catalog or specify which library you would like to search. The Library of Michigan has its own search feature as does the Archives of Michigan.

Under the Answer Catalog section of the home page a few items are highlighted: Library Card, Family History Databases, and Programs.

Online Resources and Databases at the Library of Michigan

The Family History Databases section has information on what is available at the Library of Michigan. Researchers can find county histories, newspapers, vital records, cemetery transcripts, maps, and county guides.

Links to online databases for Library of Michigan library card holders includes African American Biographical Database, Ancestry, Newsbank, Alexander Street, Pro Quest, Fold 3, Michigan History Magazine, My Heritage, and Newspaper Archive. 

Michigan Residents Get Free Library of Michigan Library Card

A free library card is offered to all Michigan residents. Information on who can receive a library card is on their website

Contact information, hours of operations, and quick links completes the home page. All in all, I think the updated website is an improvement. I found the white background, black text, and green hyperlinks easy to see and read. If you have Michigan ancestors this website is a must for researchers. Happy Hunting!

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