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.


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.

FamilySearch Affiliate Library: 

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 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.

GENEALOGY WEBSITES  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 genealogy 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 genealogy resources by state
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
Michigan Memories provides access to collections from cultural institutions throughout the state of Michigan. These collections are created and maintained by archivists, librarians, and curators who are dedicated to the preservation of Michigan's history and heritage.
Seeking Michigan  Includes family histories, Civil War Service Records, and Library of Michigan death records from 1897-1920