Friday, October 26, 2012

Canada's Globe and Mail now Available on ProQuest Historical Newspapers

I have been helping index the Detroit Death Records for So many of these citizens list their birth place as Canada. Proquest will now include the Globe and Mail Newspaper. You can find this database at many Public Libraries. October 22, 2012 (ANN ARBOR, Mich.) -- ProQuest and The Globe and Mail will streamline research of Canadian life and history by making the complete works of Canada’s “newspaper of record” accessible in the powerful ProQuest digital research environment. As part of ProQuest’s Historical Newspaper collection, the archive of The Globe and Mail will be cross-searchable with a worldwide selection of both major and specialty newspapers – from The New York Times and The Guardian to the Chicago Defender and the Jerusalem Post – significantly enhancing productivity and efficiency of researchers and journalists exploring historical events.

National Digital Newspaper Program

The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC), is a long-term effort to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with descriptive information and select digitization of historic pages. Supported by NEH, this rich digital resource will be developed and permanently maintained at the Library of Congress. HISTORIC AMERICAN NEWSPAPERS

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Townships in Wayne County

Brownstown Charter Township-- Canton Charter Township-- Grosse Ile Township-- Huron Charter Township-- Northville Charter Township-- Plymouth Charter Township-- Redford Charter Township-- Sumpter Township-- Van Buren Charter Township--

Cities in Wayne County

Allen Park, Belleville, Dearborn Heights, Dearborn, Detroit, Ecorse, Flat Rock,--- (partially in Monroe County) Garden City, Gibraltar, Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe Shores,--- (partially in Macomb County) Grosse Pointe Woods, Hamtramck, Harper Woods, Highland Park, Inkster, Lincoln Park, Livonia, Melvindale, Northville,--- (partially in Oakland County) Plymouth, River Rouge, Riverview, Rockwood, Romulus, Southgate, Taylor, Trenton, Wayne, Westland, Woodhaven, Wyandotte

Google Books

Have you met your brick wall yet? This is the place where you just cannot find any information on an ancestor. Before you give up, try Google Books. Book Search works just like web search. Try a search on GOOGLE BOOKS. If you have any success, we would love to hear about it!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012 to be sold for $1.6 billion, the online genealogy site, agreed Monday (Oct 22) to be purchased by Permira, a European private equity firm, for $1.6 billion. You can read the whole story here: ANCESTRY SOLD

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Detroit City Directory 1929

Looking for a free Detroit City Directory online? There are some on google for the 19th century. If you need something from the 20th century, the only free one available is 1929 available here from the UM: DETROIT CITY DIRECTORY 1929

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Woodmere Cemetery Index

Information given includes the deceased's name, birth place, late residence, date of birth, age, date of death, date of burial, cause of death, undertaker, grave location, and any remarks that were noted in the cemetery's files. Late residence is where the person died, not necessarily where the person lived. There are some blanks when the information was not furnished. Spellings, punctuation, etc. are as they occur in the records. Currently, over 190,000 names have been entered. There is no more information available than what is given here. To search the database, please enter at least 2 characters of the last name of the person you are looking for below. The first name field is optional. When you are finished, click on the search button to the right of the text box. Your results will display in the frame below. Please note that you are allowed only 10 searches per day. The years 1868-2004 are complete. Woodmere Cemetery Index

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Detroit 2025

This is off-topic, but I found this article so interesting! It is from Popular Mechanics, and it's about the comeback of Detroit. Shows some good concepts of what Detroit could be and will be with some great designs. Check it out. POPULAR MECHANICS

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Wayne Message Board

Looking for some help with your genealogical questions in regards to Wayne County, Michigan? Try our Wayne Message Board.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Preserve the Pensions

The Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS), the National Archives and Records Adminsitration (NARA), and the genealogical community have undertaken a monumental project to digitize the War of 1812 pension files—a fitting beginning to the bicentennial commemoration of a war which has been called our nation's "Second War of Independence." These images will be available to genealogy researcers and the public for free. Some of this index is now done and can be viewed on Fold3.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

If you think you may have royal connections it’s worth checking out the Royal Household Staff 1526-1924 records on Simply go to the ‘Search records’ option at the top of the homepage and select ‘Institutions & organisations’. Scroll down until you see ‘Monarchy & royal families’. The records of the Royal Household – which number about 75,000 – will cost you 10 credits per view. Search for free - you'll only need to pay to view original records and transcripts.


Find A Grave is a free resource for finding the final resting places of famous folks, friends and family members. With millions of names, it's an invaluable tool. If you have a collection of funeral cards, start an account and add your relatives. It's easy and a great way to share. There is also a "New Kid on the Block" called Billion Graves. I haven't tried it yet but they are now indexed on

1940 Census

Has anyone found any genealogical gems on the newly indexed 1940 U.S. Census?