Genealogy

Personal Assistance

Marquette County Genealogical Society:  The Marquette County Genealogical Society offers volunteer assistance from 12:00 noon until 4:00 pm on most Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.  No appointments necessary; call 226-4311 to ascertain if a volunteer will be present.

Obituary Request:  The Library staff will look up and print an obituary for $1.00 a page.  For more detailed information, see our Obituary Request Form.

Reference Desk:  For genealogy and/or local history assistance, please stop by the Reference Desk on the second floor, call the Reference Department at 906-226-4311, or e-mail the Reference Department Staff.

Newspaper Archives:  Reference staff help patrons use the microfilm and microfilm reader/printer to search archived issues of Marquette's local newspapers.  The PWPL's microfilm collection includes incomplete holdings of the Lake Superior Journal (July 1846 - December 1849) and Lake Superior News & Mining Journal (July 1846 - November 1868).  It also includes The Weekly Mining Journal (1868 - 1918), The Daily Mining Journal (June 1884 - December 31, 1953) and the current newspaper, The Mining Journal, from its inception in January 1954 through present day.


Library Databases
(online tools provided to library patrons that are not freely available through the world wide web, but can be accessed with your library bar code and PIN.)

HeritageQuestOnline (use this link from home)  OR  HeritageQuestOnline (from the library)
This database includes all of the images and extensive indexing from the 1790 - 1930 U.S. federal censuses.  It offers more than 22,000 digitized book titles, including early family histories and local histories.  Additionally, there are more than 250 primary source documents such as tax lists, city directories, probate records and more.  It also includes Periodical Source Index (PERSI), Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, the Freedman's Bank Records, and the U.S. Serial Set Private Relief Actions, Memorials and Petitions.  HeritageQuestOnline is provided by the statewide Michigan e-Library (MeL).  Free access is available via both home and library internet connections.  Log-on from home using either your library card or Michigan drivers license.

Sanborn Maps website provides digital access to 1793 large-scale maps of 339 Michigan towns and cities, including Lansing, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Traverse City and nine maps of the City of Marquette as it grew between 1884 and 1946.

Databases available only within the library:

Ancestry Library Edition has approximately 4,000 databases including key collections such as U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1930; the Map Center containing more than 1,000 historical maps; American Genealogical Biographical Index (over 200 volumes); Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage (over 150 volumes); The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1630; Social Security Death Index (updated monthly); WWI Draft Registration Cards; Federal Slave Narratives, and a strong Civil War collection.

Genealogy Websites
RootsWeb.com  The oldest and largest FREE genealogy site

The USGenWeb Project  Free genealogy and family history online

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet  Online starting point for geneology searches

Index of Native American Resources on the Internet  Includes the history of tribes in each section of the country

Directory of Genealogy Libraries in the U.S.  Comprehensive collection of geneaology resources by state

The Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.  Immigrant records and passenger lists for people entering the U.S. through New York City

FamilySearch.org  The largest collection of free family history, family tree and genealogy records in the world provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Genealogy Archives  List of genealogy websites, research tips, and community forum

America's First Immigration Center  Castle Garden, part of the Battery Conservancy, offers immigration records from 1820 - 1892, before Ellis Island opened

Seeking Michigan  Includes family histories, Civil War Service Records, and Library of Michigan death records from 1897-1920

Michigan Naturalization Record Indexes  Archives of naturalization records listed by county

Index to the Marquette County Naturalization Files
Funeral records from October 9, 1896 to June 1958 are available at the Canale-Tonella Funeral Home  

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