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Copies of textbooks are available at the reference desk for two-hour in-library use.
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.
The Traverse Area District Library has a subscription to AncestryLibrary, an electronic collection of genealogical records including census, military, social security, immigration, family trees, etc., but you can only access it from the main library or one of its member or branch libraries. For all library locations and hours, click here. The Nelson Room at the main library is a non-circulating collection of local history items including TC yearbooks, city directories, plat maps and more.
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.
Find a Grave
This site started as a way to record the final resting places of the rich and famous. It has since expanded to include the less famous as well.
You can use Osterlin Library’s interlibrary loan service to get things like cemetery records, county histories, and family histories. Search MelCat to see what is available then request your loan online using your Osterlin Library card. Your books will be delivered to the library in 3-5 days. If you need help, call 995-1060.