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Alumni Library Resources: Family History

Library resources available to all community members

Michigan Historic Newspapers

Michigan newspapers online.

Benzie County Newspapers Online

Online access to these Benzie County historical newspapers:

Benzie Banner
Benzie Record Patriot
Benzonia Citizen
Frankfort Express
South Frankfort Alert
The Elberta Alert
The Frankfort Times

City Directories & Plat Books

City directories for Grand Traverse and Leelanau Counties, 1945-2009.  In older editions, residents are listed by name and address--sometimes with occupation and children’s names. Located in the Reference Room.

Plat Books are maps of an area that show who owned the land.   The library has the most recent plat books for surrounding counties in the reference collection (G 1413) and old ones in storage.  Ask a librarian to retrieve them for you. 

Family History

Family History Websites

Google News

Google has scanned millions of historical newspapers and placed them online.  Use Google to find old newspaper articles.  Click on the link above to search Google's entire newspaper archive.

Traverse City Record Eagle Archive

Covers the years 1858-1977, 1988-1989, and 2009-2012.  (Any years not covered are available on microfilm.)  

Historical Newspapers from TADL

The Morning Record, 1897-1901

Honest Opinion, 1919

The Evening Record, 1901-1907

The Daily Eagle, 1903-1907

Traverse City Press, 1917

Traverse Bay Eagle, 1891, 1901

Grand Traverse Press, 1918

Michigan Cemeteries

A compilation of published cemetery transcriptions located at the Library of Michigan and links to Michigan cemetery websites. This database also identifies the location of over 3,700 cemeteries in Michigan. It is NOT intended to include a list of personal names. 

Or use the Michigan Cemetary Atlas in the map case in the Reference Room.  
Ref-Atlas G 1411 .E6225 L5 1991.


Try the HathiTrust Digital Library for family histories, genealogies, and local histories which tend to be copyright-free and digitized.