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Research Requests

Local History Request research fees may be paid via 


The Local History Rooms are open for Drop-In research Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1-4 PM.  Requests for a research appointment or information on a person, home or business can be made via using the 

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For any further questions please contact Jakki Malnar: Local History Librarian 734-246-8357

Online Local History
In-Library Resources

Explore your family history with the premier collection of U.S. obituaries and death notices for in-depth genealogical research from 1824 – today. Includes deep coverage from all 50 states, hard-to-find content from the mid 1900’s, and original obituary images. Access is available 24/7.This database includes obituaries from the Detroit News 1873 to present.

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Browse our Local History Online Library. Contents include the Wyandotte Herald, Wyandotte City Directories and Historic Photographs.

 Ancestry is the world’s largest online resource for family history for genealogists and those studying their family histories. Only available inside Bacon Library. You may use your own device, but you must be connected to our Wi-Fi. 

Includes all of the images, and extensive indexing, from the 1790 - 1940 U.S. federal censuses; more than 28,000 digitized book titles, including early family histories and local histories; more than 250 primary-source documents such as tax lists, city directories, probate records and more.


Sanborn Fire Maps for Wayne County MI. Including Wyandotte.

Cemetery Indexes for: Oakwood Cemetery, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Bloomdale, Westmound Methodist Church, Oak Ridge, Elmwood, Mt. Elliot, Oak Grove, Goldenridge, Oakdale, St. Francis Xavier, Mt. Calvary (St. Mary's), Woodmere (limited years), and Church Cemetery (Taylor)

City Directories: Polk (sporadic holdings from 1898-1998), Bressers (1980s-present)

Local History Index: Search our card catalog for information by Subject or Personal Name.

Newspapers Available on Microfilm:  Detroit Free Press July 15, 1859- Feb 16, 1866, Wyandotte Herald 1895-1943, Wyandotte News Herald 1944- Present, Wyandotte Independent 3/8/1987-7/28/1990, Wyandotte News 10/24/1923-6/2/1967, Wyandotte Tribune 10/26/1939-10/5/1961

Historic Periodicals: 82 different publications. A large portion are employee newsletters from local industry. A finding aid of all periodicals held can be found here.

Photographs: 8,000 plus digitized historic photographs. Contact Jakki Malnar for an appointment to view photographs. 

Scrapbooks: 300 Scrapbooks of clippings from local papers, arranged by subject. 

Thon Funeral Home Records Microfilm: 1921-1995

Wyandotte Death Records Available on Microfilm: Ford City (1906-1922), Wyandotte 1897-1998

Yearbooks: Our Lady of Mount Carmel (sporadic holdings), Wyandotte High and Roosevelt High School 1898-present (We are missing 1900-1920, 1926, 1929, 1930)


A popular history magazine geared toward professionals and enthusiasts alike, Michigan History offers a wide variety of subject matter, time frames, and perspectives while inspiring, educating, and entertaining its readers.

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