Genealogy Research from Home

Need a fun activity to do while social distancing? Why not try some genealogical research from home? While we are closed, the Petoskey District Library is providing Ancestry.com (Library Edition) to you remotely.  Remote access is available to PDL cardholders for a limited time only.  Log in to our online catalog to access the link.  Here are some directions to get you started. 

Another cool resource is The Greenwood Cemetery website. Here you can access full newspapers from Emmet County, dating back to the 1870s. This site is always expanding, and it now has thousands of historical photographs and documents, all accessible from your home computer. We are very fortunate to have such a unique resource available to us.

Did you know that the Library of Congress has digitized a ton of Sanborn Fire Maps? Currently, you can access maps from over 3000 U.S. cities. These detailed maps are historical snapshots that tell a vivid story of our past. Beware! This site can take you down some rabbit-holes, and you may lose track of hours of your time.