Community Resources

Ancestry Library Edition

A large collection of materials for genealogy research

HeritageQuest Online

Search census records, family and local history books, and millions of genealogy articles and records

Newspapers & Magazines

Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, In: Genealogy

Second largest genealogical library in the U.S, after LDS Family History Library (see Family Search below for access to LDS information), with a searchable online catalog.

Cyndi's List

Popular genealogy index which features over 270,000 links, categorized and cross-referenced.

Ellis Island

Search for ancestors who came to the U.S. as passengers on ships that landed at Ellis Island.

Family Search

Access to LDS databases, research outlines, and the LDS Family History Library catalog of books and microfilm.

MeL: Genealogy Gateway

A resource guide to many genealogy websites, with a focus on Michigan records

MI Department of Education (Genealogy Research at the Library of Michigan and Archives of Michigan)

The Library of Michigan's Abrams Foundation Historical Collection has over 100,000 books, microforms and electronic resources, with an emphasis on the Great Lakes region and states east of the Mississippi River, including the Great Lakes, New England, Mid-Atlantic and Southern states, as well as the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec.

National Archives and Records Administration

Access to information maintained by the federal government, including census, military, naturalization, and ship passenger list records.


Host website for a large number of genealogy message boards and mailing lists.

South Adams Street Website

A Master's project for Eastern Michigan University's Historic Preservation Program in Ypsilanti, Michigan this website details families, buildings, events, religious and social organizations of the historic African American neighborhood of Adams Street from the period around 1900. 


A popular directory for U.S genealogy with over 20,000 genealogy web sites, categorizing links by state within 27 categories.

US Genweb

Free genealogy websites for research in every U.S. county and state, provided by volunteers working together

Staff Recommendations

Stories we tellBy Polley, Sarah

Director/writer/actress Sarah Polley brings us this well-reviewed documentary about her eclectic family, told in filmed interviews cleverly edited together for a continuous narrative exploring mostly her deceased mother, but revealing some long-held family secrets as their tales unfold. Polley interweaves actual home movie footage as a way of showing herself and siblings as they were growing up, often switching back and forth with a present piece of the overall story, so the viewer gets several perspectives as each remembers different details about the past. Polley's mother, Diane, was in the theatre, at one point spending months at a time. in New York. As Polley explores those time periods with her mother's friends, something totally unknown and unexpected comes up, lending both delight, intrigue and gravitas to Polley's life, but she forges ahead based on this newly revealed material, and comes to terms with her past. A mesmerizing film and highly satisfying viewing experience. Rated PG-13.

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