Ancestry® Library Edition



Attention! Beginning January 2022, Ancestry Library Edition will no longer be available remotely (from home). ProQuest had graciously allowed temporary remote access for nearly 2 years, due to the closing of so many libraries in the wake of Covid-19. Once the new year begins, it will only be available within the physical library. For those of you who still wish to access genealogical sources remotely, Heritage-Quest Online (powered by Ancestry) is your best option. This is accessible through Michigan eLibrary (MeL) via the e-resource MyHeritage Library Edition. Also, make sure to check out the Greenwood Cemetery website for local research. 

Thanks to a gift from the Friends of the Library, we are pleased to make Ancestry® Library Edition available to our Library users. Ancestry® Library Edition provides instant access to a wide range of unique resources for genealogical and historical research. With more than 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases, Ancestry® Library Edition includes records from the United States Census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and other documents that record the lineage of individuals from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and more. We are delighted to be able to provide these resources, whose user-friendly search tools and comprehensive indexing make it simple enough for beginners, yet provide deep and broad content that will help veteran genealogists advance their research. Click here to view a “Quick Start Guide,” and then come to the Petoskey District Library to discover your unique personal history. (Note: this resource is only accessible while in the library.)

For those wishing to do genealogy research at home, MyHeritage Library Edition, available to all Michigan residents via the Michigan eLibrary (MeL), is now powered by Ancestry™. Some of the enhancements include:

  • Complete 1790-1940 U.S. Federal Census with images and every-name indexes for all years
  • Additional census records such as Mortality and Non-Population Schedules, Indian Census Rolls, and much more.