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

How I shed my skin : unlearning racist lessons of a southern childhoodBy Grimsley, Jim, 1955-

Novelist Jim Grimsley deconstructs his childhood, growing up in the rural South in North Carolina. He was an elementary school student when the 1966 decision (Brown v. Board of Education) came down which started the end of segregation by race. In minute detail, Grimsley remembers the key moments from elementary through high school which challenged him to not become the bigot that his automatically ingrained upbringing said he should be.
This absorbing quick read overflows with substance and honesty as it not only shows how far we have come in 40 years, but how far we still have to go. Highly recommended.
Jim Grimsley's other books include Winter Birds, Dream Boy and My Drowning.

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