Interest: Genealogy & Local History
Ypsi Stories Episode 19: Shadow Art Fair – Ypsilanti’s Interactive Art Experience
Published: May 19, 2023
Episode 19 of Ypsi Stories.
Jean Winborn to be featured on “Finding Your Roots – Family Sagas of Pride and Perseverance”
Published: March 17, 2023
Join Detroit Public TV and PBS Books Wednesday, March 22, at 8 p.m. ET, for a fascinating look at new techniques for unravelling the mysteries of African American genealogy, including a conversation with YDL’s very own Jean Winborn!
Sign up for a One-on-One Genealogy Session with Jean Winborn
Published: January 17, 2023
Sign up for a one-on-one genealogy session with Jean Winborn, co-founder of Washtenaw County African-American Genealogy Society. These sessions will take place on February 1, 8, 16, and 22. Please only sign up for 1 session, as spots are limited. Search for information about your African American ancestors or learn more about the human side of America’s slaveholding past. Look at various records, as well as migration patterns and laws specific to race. Session 1 (Feb. 1) Session 2 (Feb. 8) Session 3 (Feb. 16) Session 4 (Feb. 22)
Michigan Avenue Branch Turns 60!
Published: December 9, 2022
The library in Ypsilanti was founded over 150 years ago. For nearly half that time, the Michigan Avenue building has been part of its fabric.
Ypsi Stories Episode 18: More Buses for Ypsilanti
Published: December 5, 2022
Episode 18 of Ypsi Stories.
Explore the A.P. Marshall African American History Archive
Published: July 15, 2022
Have you checked out the A.P. Marshall African American Oral History Archive?
1950 U.S. Census records now available
Published: April 7, 2022
Genealogists rejoice! On April 1, the United States National Archives released the 1950 Census records, 72 years after it was conducted, as required by U.S. law. The following website has been set up with access to all the records, plus additional resources: https://1950census.archives.gov/ For those looking for a bit more assistance with navigating the new records, the National Archives has a series of presentations through May. The videos and slides are also available after the presentation date to refer back to. Find all the information here.
Online Access to the Veterans History Project
Published: February 8, 2022
The Veterans History Project, part of the Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center, collects oral histories of American veterans, including those from Ypsilanti and Washtenaw County. Now, thanks to Eastern Michigan University, the Washtenaw County veteran interviews have been digitized and collected in an online archive. The digital archive contains interviews with veterans from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the homefront, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Check out the archive here!
Ypsi Stories Episode 16: Red Lines and Racial Covenants: A Brief History of Housing Segregation in Ypsilanti and Beyond
Published: February 2, 2022
Episode 16 of Ypsi Stories.
Ypsi Stories Episode 15: Tracing your Ancestral Path with the Washtenaw County African American Genealogy Society
Published: January 19, 2022
Episode 15 of Ypsi Stories.
Ypsi Stories Episode 14: Kiwanis Club of Ypsilanti’s 100 years
Published: December 2, 2021
Episode 14 of Ypsi Stories.
One Year of Ypsi Stories
Published: November 24, 2021
It has officially been one year since the first episode of the Ypsi Stories podcast.
Ypsi Stories Episode 13: Milling Around the River – Industrialisation Comes to Ypsilanti
Published: November 5, 2021
Episode 13 of Ypsi Stories.
Ypsi Stories Episode 12: Highland Cemetery – Place of Peace & Rest
Published: October 28, 2021
Episode 12 of Ypsi Stories.
Digital Michigan Newspaper Portal
A list of over 1,000 digitally-accessible newspaper collections across Michigan.
Ypsi Stories Episode 11: The Union Comes to Town – A Labor History of Willow Run
Published: September 1, 2021
Episode 11 of Ypsi Stories.
Ypsi Stories Episode 10: From Here To There By Land And Water
Published: August 4, 2021
Episode 10 of Ypsi Stories.
Ypsi Stories Episode 7: Ypsilanti’s Water Street Sculpture Garden
Published: May 5, 2021
Episode 7 of Ypsi Stories.
Ypsi Stories Episode 6: The Information Age before the Information Age
Published: April 6, 2021
Episode 6 of Ypsi Stories.
Save Your Stuff and Pass It On!
Published: April 1, 2021
If you have heirlooms, photographs, LP records, books, textiles and other good stuff that you’ve wanted to save and preserve, Preservation Week 2021 is meant for you. The American Library Association highlights the importance of preservation of personal and shared collections by designating a week in April each year to bring awareness to saving our legacy. Check out these resources, book lists, and local events to learn more.