Genealogy Databases

Ancestry Library Edition
Information on more than 1 billion names from public records
(Access is available at your branch library.)

Biography & Genealogy Master Index
Index to over 10,000 biographies

Detroit Free Press Historical (1831-1922)
Full-text access to articles and full-page images from over 90 years of Detroit newspapers. Articles cover Detroit and Michigan as well as national news from 1831-1922.

HeritageQuest Online
Genealogy database with several of the federal census records, as well as family and local history books, all completely searchable.

New York Times Historical (1851-2007)
Full-text, article and page images provide the historical context for major events throughout American history.

Additional genealogical resources are available through the websites listed under AADL Select Sites Genealogy. You can also find more information about local history in the many image and text collections on our Local History page and our AADL Select Sites page on Ann Arbor/Washtenaw County history.

Looking for a local obituary?

Access to obituaries and death notices in the Ann Arbor News is available online through our Ann Arbor News database, which includes obituaries from 2003 to July 23, 2009. The mlive website provides access to death notices from annarbor.com and provides additional information through guestbooks and tributes.

All obituaries and death notices published on annarbor.com remain archived on that site. All editions of the Ann Arbor News until it ceased publication are available on microfilm. 19th century editions of Ann Arbor newspapers are also available on microfilm at the Downtown Library.

For obituaries prior to 2003, please contact the Reference desk at 327-4525 to ask about our document delivery service.