Genealogy Research from Home

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, MyHeritage Library Edition(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.

Enjoy access to genealogical research in the Library, or from home! The Petoskey District Library is providing Ancestry.com (Library Edition) to you remotely. Remote access is available to PDL cardholders until December 31, 2021. Login to our online catalog to access the link from the Research drop-down menu.

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.