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LIBRARY GUIDE TO HST 3275/WGS 3821 - History of American Families

Online Library Resources
Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Thanks to Mel Biography & Genealogy Master Index
This index contains citations that point to over 15 million biographies on nearly 5 million people, living and deceased, from all time periods, geographical locations, and fields of endeavor.  Thanks to MeL

Restricted to OU students, faculty, and staff Thanks to Mel HeritageQuest
HeritageQuest Online provides access to digital, searchable images of U.S. federal census records from 1790-1930. Other valuable content includes Revolutionary War records, Freedman's Bank records, the Periodical Source Index (PERSI), and digitized pages from more than 28,000 genealogy and local history books. Thanks to MeL
Michigan-Specific Resources
This searchable resource contains more than 200,000 transcribed Michigan death records, dating from 1867-1885. 

A volunteer-curated collection of online Michigan geneaology resources.

Seeking Michigan
The online platform for the Michigan Historical Center. It includes Archives of Michigan research guides and indexes, a blog, and educator resources – all from the Michigan Historical Center and Archives of Michigan staff.

Burton Historical Collection @ DPL
Excellent local history collection housed at Detroit Public Library "with emphasis on the history of Detroit and Michigan from the time of settlement in the 17th century to the present." Usage fee applies. Information on the collection is available here.
Library Contact
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Beth Wallis

Office: 237 Kresge Library
Office Hours: By appointment
Developing Your Research Skills
A useful resource from Genealogy.com containing guides to conducting genealogy research.
Other Online Resources
Ancestor Hunt
Numerous online search tools available, including the very useful "Surname Search Portal."

Premier fee-based online searching tool for genealogists, both amateur and expert. Search U.S. Census images, the Social Security Death Index, shared family files, and more. 
  • NOTE: Many area public libraries have access to Ancestry Library Edition, which provides access to much of the same material, at no cost to library patrons! Check out the list of area libraries that subscribe to this resource.
Fee-based family history research site featuring historical newspapers, census images, birth records, obituaries, and more.

Ellis Island Passenger Search
Search and view ship manifest records online for passengers arriving at Ellis Island. This is a free search service maintained by The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.

Family Search
Online family history research tool maintained by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Search vital records, pedigree resources files, family history websites and more. Contains research guides and tips.

Find a Grave
Find the graves of ancestors around the world.

"Fold3 provides convenient access to US military records, including the stories, photos, and personal documents of the men and women who served." Fee-based service.

"Search for obituaries from more than 1,500 newspapers and 3,500 funeral homes across the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Europe" from 2000-present.


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