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Updated: 11 August 2011 


Beginners - Starting Points:

Roots Web's Guide to Tracing Family Trees - Great links for beginners


Blogs:  blog (short for "web log") is a personal online journal that is frequently updated and intended for the general public. Blogs are defined by their format: a series of entries posted to a single page in with the most recent entry at the top.  Please note that some of these blogs are produced by companies who will introduce products and offer memberships, some of which are not free. Blog - "Your address for family history on the web"




Genealogy Blog Finder  - use this to find blogs on specific genealogy topics, such as surnames, localities, etc.


Genealogy Insider - blog from Family Tree Magazine


Genealogy Lines


Photo Detective




Macomb County Cemetery Master Index - A  searchable database and "guide to the cemetery transcription work which has been done by Macomb County's genealogy organizations."

Census, U.S. All Warren libraries have access to Ancestry Library edition (in library use only), from the Magazines and Online Databases listings.  Ancestry has the Federal Census from 1790-1930. 

1930 Census Resources for Genealogists  online source for all census information (not just 1930 census), including federal, state and international.

Heritage Quest - search census records in the library and from home using this database

Surname to Soundex Code Converter - Enter your surname and convert it to Soundex coding


Directories several "best of the best" or comprehensive sites - A privately-owned, for profit web site.  Used to be the Genealogy Home Page, often included in top ten/best genealogy sites on the Internet lists

Footnote - Genealogy in Historical Documents - (commercial web site - free 7 day membership, then paid subscription)

The collections feature documents, most never before available on the Internet, relating to the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WWI, WWII, US Presidents, historical newspapers, naturalization documents, and many more.
One-Step Web Pages by Stephen P.Morse

RootsWeb - One of the genealogical pioneers of the Internet, with extensive holdings and links.

Treasure Maps - the "How-To Genealogy WWW Site"

US GenWeb Project - A web page for each county in every state provided by volunteer genealogists  - a great place to start

Family History Centers:  (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints)

Family History Centers - use this to find a Family History Center near you

Family Search - a searchable database of the International Genealogical Index, Ancestral File and more!


Family Tree Magazine - download free charts and forms to keep your genealogical research organized. 

Genealogy charts and forms - (from


Castle Garden -  Passenger lists of 10 million immigrants who passed through Castle Garden from 1830 through 1913.  Castle Garden is known today as Castle Clinton National Monument, a major landmark within Battery Park at the tip of Manhattan..

Ellis Island - American Family Immigration History Center

Primer of Emigration, Immigration, etc - created by the Polish Genealogical Society

Local Genealogical Societies

Detroit Genealogical Society

Macomb County Genealogy Group - see: Mount Clemens Public Library genealogy page


Warren Historical and Genealogical Society

International Resources: (a sampling)




  • Germany GenWeb This site is designed as a resource for genealogists researching their German ancestors  within the present political border of the Federal Republic of Germany, with links to sites of former German areas.

England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales)





  • World GenWeb - Global starting point for genealogical research, narrowing down by regions, countries, states, provinces, districts and counties.

Libraries online:

Allen County Public Library - Click on Genealogy or check their library catalog. This renowned collection contains more than 220,000 printed volumes and 251,000 items of microfilm and microfiche

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Library - Click on "Online Library Catalog" to search their library for specific titles

Detroit Public Library - The Burton Historical Collection is one of the most important genealogical and local history collections in the country - and just minutes away. 

"Genealogical materials include: federal census population schedules, family histories, cemetery inscriptions, church records of baptisms, marriages, and deaths, military records, hereditary society indexes, heraldry books, immigration records, probate indexes and records, vital records, obituaries, land records."

Check the Detroit Public Library Catalog. 

The Library of Congress - Search their catalogs and collections, this page also includes information on how to use their gateway to catalogs of over 220 libraries in the United States.

Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries has been abolished

Executive Order No. 2009-36, effective October 1, 2009, abolished the Department of History, Arts and Libraries. The essential functions of the Department of History, Arts and Libraries will be performed by other principal departments in state government.

Mount Clemens Public Library - Includes a page devoted to their Genealogy Collection and Services

Roseville Public Library The Michigan Room contains the library’s local history and genealogy collection. This collection’s primary focus in on Roseville, Macomb County and the state of Michigan. It includes plat atlases, out-of-print texts on Michigan history, directories, Civil War records, and high school year books. There are also genealogical research materials; and village, city, township, and county records. While some items are for use in the library only, most of the collection may be checked out.

Macomb County:

Macomb County GenWeb - This valuable site is extremely well-organized, and information is added frequently

Macomb County Surname List - Check this out if your family is from Macomb County

Macomb County Cemetery Master Index

Macomb County Obituary Index


Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter

Family Tree Magazine


Michigan GenWeb Project - search for the county your family lived in for local records and information

Biographical index (Macomb County) - Index of Macomb County entries found in Michigan Biographies

Michigan Family History Network  - Using the Databases pull-down menu, look under Military for information on Michigan soldiers in the Civil War, Spanish-American War and World War II. Researcher-submitted resources include family group sheets and birth, marriage and death records.

Seeking Michigan - The Library of Michigan and Archives of Michigan began work on this site in 2008. Among many valuable resources, there is an online Michigan Death Records 1897-1920 with the digitized image of the death certificate.


Macomb County Military Index

Record of Macomb County Soldiers and Sailors in Service in the Great War (WWI)

World War I Draft Registration Card Index, Macomb County, Michigan


National Archives (U.S.):

National Archives  - Genealogy Page - a gateway to the vast array of records owned by the National Archives, many of which ARE NOT online


Utica-South Macomb Progress and Tri-City Progress Obituary Index 1954 - 1958 - These newspapers became part of  the Macomb Daily - Index compiled at the Arthur Miller Branch Library, Warren, MI.  For a copy of the complete obituary for an individual listed, please email the Arthur Miller Branch Library  

Macomb County Obituary Index - "...created through the volunteer efforts of the Macomb County Genealogy Group. Entries range from 1880 to the present, however, the database is a work in progress and not all years are covered. "


National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution - National Society

          NSDAR - Michigan State Society

          Alexander Macomb, NSDAR - Mt. Clemens, MI - Local chapter of the DAR                   


National Genealogical Society - founded in 1903 with over 17,000 members - a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people learn to trace their family histories


Personal Ancestral File (PAF) - Free genealogy software to download from the softonic
website (developed by the LDS church).



RootsWeb Surname List - provides email access to other individuals researching your surname

TV Shows: (featuring genealogy)


Generations Project -  "What secrets run in your blood?  This new reality series answers this question as it follows real people traveling the country in search of clues about their family past.  As they investigate their ancestors, they begin to understand that the best way to know who you are is to know who you came from."


Questions and Ancestors  This weekly series focuses on genealogy questions submitted by viewers. Co-hosts Emily Wilbur, a professional researcher, and Darius Gray, the co-director of Freedman's Records Project, along with other family history experts field an array of e-mail questions.  About a  half-dozen episodes currently available for viewing.


Who Do You Think You Are? (NBC)  Who Do You Think You Are? is back with a new group of celebrities embarking on personal journeys of self-discovery to trace their family tree.  Click on "Episode Guide" for access to full show videos of some episodes.

Vital Records: (Birth, Marriage, Divorce, and Death Records)

Macomb County Death Records - (1952 to present) a searchable database

Michigan Death Records, 1867-1897 - a searchable index constantly being updated

Social Security Death Index - a searchable database

Vital Records Information - United States - provides the address, phone numbers and other information needed to send for vital records in the United States

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