PWPL houses several forms of genealogy resources, includinga circulating collection of genealogy books, a PWPL reference collection, the Marquette County Genealogy Society collection, a microfilm collection, and a new Local History Research Room. All materials are available to the general public for in-house use.
For local history and obituary requests, please see our research page.
RESOURCES AT THE LIBRARY:
Polk City Directories
Marquette Area Yearbooks
Marquette County Genealogy Society Collection
Microfilm Collection which includes The Mining Journal from 1868 to the present.
For a full list of resources, see our Local History page.
(online tools provided to library patrons with a library bar code and PIN.)
My Heritage: New to the Michigan eLibrary (MeL) in 2018, this database contains
- The full USA federal census (1790-1940) with images
- Census of England and Wales (1841-1901) with images
- More than 80 million historical photographs
- Military records, immigration records and passenger lists
- Citizenship & naturalization records
Ancestry Library Edition has approximately 4,000 databases including key collections such as U.S. Federal Census images and indexes from 1790 to 1940; the Map Center containing more than 1,000 historical maps; Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage (over 150 volumes); Social Security Death Index (updated monthly); miliarty records from WWI, WWII, and the Civil War.
PWPL recently became a FamilySearch Affiliate Library. As an Affiliate Library we have access to over 2 billion digitized records, including 400 million images that are currently not available to the public outside of a FamilySearch Affiliate Library or history center. This database is provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Go to FamilySearch.org to create a free account.
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.