Sunday, September 21, 2014

A VISIT TO MOUNT CLEMENS LIBRARY

Yesterday I visited the Mount Clemens Library located at 150 Cass Avenue in Mount Clemens, Michigan. I had heard that they have a terrific genealogy collection, so I wanted to investigate their holdings.  I blogged about this library’s online resources last year. Click here here if you want to read that post.

Mount Clemens Public Library
Mount Clemens, Michigan

In order to visit the genealogy/history room, you first must sign in at the librarian’s desk located in the center of the library.  One of the librarians will unlock the door for you. Sometimes there are volunteers stationed in the genealogy section to help you, but yesterday I was on my own. I picked up a handout  titled “Welcome to the Mount Clemens Public Library Local History Room.” http://www.mtclib.org/docs/genealogy%20welcome.pdf.  This gave me a good summary of their collection.

Mount Clemens Local History Room
Mount Clemens, Michigan


The first room had a number of tables where you could do research, two computers for online research (they have access to Ancestry Library, Fold3, Heritage Quest and AmericanAncestors.org) and hundreds of books. Like a puppy with a new stuffed toy, I began scanning the stacks excitedly.   

There was a section of new acquisitions by the entrance, where I found many helpful guidebooks for genealogical research as well as specific interest publications, such as African-American research.  I was impressed that their books were so current.

CANADIAN RESOURCES:

Against one wall I discovered the Nellie D. Metler (Mrs. John R. Murphy) Ontario Collection, which contained:

Marriage Registers of Upper Canada/Canada West
Canadian Genealogist
Surrogate Court Indexes
The Ontario Register

and much more



GERMAN RESOURCES:

For those with German ancestors, there are many volumes of the Map Guide to German Parish Registers and also Germans to America.

MICHIGAN RESOURCES:

Not surprisingly, there were numerous books on Michigan history and genealogy, such as the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society Collections.




The second room had microfilm readers, hundreds of microfilm rolls and many shelves of publications, such as funeral home books, The New England Historical and Genealogical Register and Michigan History Magazine.

MICROFILM HOLDINGS:

There were drawers and shelves full of microfilm, such as:

Newspapers: Detroit News, Macomb Daily, Daily Leader and more

Michigan Censuses and Vital Records

and more...

Microfilm

There were also city directories and old phone books from the Detroit area. 

POLISH RESOURCES:

If you have Polish ancestors, you’ll want to explore “Polish Eaglet,” a periodical by the Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan. For an index of articles, click here.

FRENCH-CANADIAN RESOURCES

There were many French-Canadian books such as:

Michigan’s Habitant Heritage (http://www.habitantheritage.org/our_journal)

After I had explored the rooms, I settled down and did some personal research using the following books.
  • Boston Marriages from 1700 to 1809 compiled by Edward W. McGlenen
  • Scots-Irish Links by David Dobson
  • Family Maps of Washtenaw County, Michigan


There is something for nearly everyone in this collection. If you live in Michigan, be sure to visit this fabulous library. If you can’t visit, be sure to check out their online resources at http://www.mtclib.org/genealog.htm.






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