made a great discovery this week. While researching one of my friend’s ancestors, I found the Genealogy Collection page of the Mount Clemens, Michigan Public Library (http://www.mtclib.org/genealog.htm). This site is filled with wonderful and free resources. For those unfamiliar with Michigan, Mount Clemens is located in Macomb County (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Clemens,_Michigan).
For example, under Local History (http://www.mtclib.org/local.htm), you will find the e-book Centennial History of Mount Clemens, Michigan, 1879-1979 (http://www.mtclib.org/centhist.htm). In addition, you will find historical maps, city directory indexes, how to trace the history of a house, street name changes, yearbook records and more.
There is an interesting database called Old Crowd Memorial List: (Deaths, 1880-2006)
(http://www.mtclib.org/local%20history/oldcrowd.pdf). Old Crowd was a social organization of long-time residents of Mount Clemens.
There is a Macomb County Obituary Index (http://www.mtclib.org/search/obitindex.php) with assorted entries from 1880 to the present.
You can find military information, such as:
- Macomb County Military Index (http://www.mtclib.org/search/military.php)
- World War I Draft Registration Index for Macomb County (http://www.mtclib.org/search/draftindex.php)
- Honor Roll of Macomb County Men Who Lost Their Lives In Service During WWI (http://www.mtclib.org/local%20history/wwideaths.pdf)
One of my favorite links is the Macomb County Court Records Index (http://www.mtclib.org/search/courtrecords.php). This will give you basic information that will enable you to order court records about an ancestor. Some of the actions I saw listed were: juror, mortgage discharge, divorce, civil, chancery, criminal, estate, estate appeal and naturalization.
Oh, and then there is the Macomb County Funeral Home Records Master Index (http://www.mtclib.org/search/funeralhomes.php). I found one of my distant cousins listed in this database.
There is a link to the Suburban Library Cooperative Digital Media Archive (http://www.libcoop.net/archive), where you will find amazing items such as old photographs, juror lists, newspaper articles and tombstone pictures.
There are also many links to general genealogical and historical information about Michigan and its surrounding states. There is even a link to the California Death Records (http://vitals.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ca/death/search.cgi) and, if you know French, you can check out the Montreal City Directory page at http://bibnum2.bnquebec.ca/bna/lovell/index.html.
If you find information on an index that you want to obtain and are unable to go to the library in person, you can order documents online via the Macomb County Genealogical Research Assistance. See http://www.mtclib.org/research.htm.
To my knowledge and dismay, I don’t have many ancestors from Macomb County, Michigan. This makes me very sad. Seriously, check out and bookmark this free resource!
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