Northville Genealogical Society

Serving Northville, Canton, Livonia, New Hudson, Novi, Plymouth, South Lyon,

Walled Lake,Westland, and Wixom

The Local History and Genealogy Collection
at the Northville District Library

The Northville Genealogical Society has donated many books and research documents to the Library. These and other research materials are available for circulation and reference in the Local History Room. They may not be checked out of the library. Below is a little tour of what you will find there:

Databases on Local History Computers

Start your search with this specially compiled collection of indexes to the local newspaper, The Northville Record, and historic documents relating to this area.
These are now online and may be found at this address:

Northville Record Index

Search by name or subject for articles published in the paper from 1869 to 1920.

Master Index to Local History Documents

Search by name or subject for information in over 100 documents pertaining to Northville's past,
including cemetery transcripts, oral history transcripts, and early publications.

When you have selected the item(s) you wish to review, use the REQUEST LOCAL HISTORY SOURCE command to print your request. Please submit your request to the Librarian at the Reference Desk, who will retrieve the requested materials.

The Northville Record on Microfilm

The entire run of The Northville Record from its first publication in 1869 to the present is available on microfilm. Indexes have been compiled up to 1927.

The most recent microfilm is usually about three months prior to the current issue. For the latest issues,
see the print copies which the library keeps, for the last six months, on the main level.


Ancestry Plus via the internet

This online database contains a huge array of resources and records, including U.S. Census information from 1790 through 1930 and Passenger Immigration Lists to name a few. It is accessible on the computers in the Local History Room and elsewhere in the library.

Heritage Quest via the internet

This database is also available remotely from your home.  Northville District Library - Databases
ProQuest's Genealogy & Local History Collection of 25,000+ family and local history books, every word searchable. Complete U.S. Federal Census, 1790-1930. The page images and corresponding indexes for the entire census, 1790-1930 are included in HeritageQuest Online.

PERSI™ - The PERiodical Source Index is a comprehensive subject index covering more than 6,500 genealogy and local history periodicals written in English and French (Canada) since 1800.

Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files.

Freedman's Bank Records. (Forthcoming) At the close of the Civil War, the Freedman's Savings & Trust Company was the primary bank for America's freed slaves
and others from 1865-1874. This HeritageQuest collection documents more than 70,000 bank depositors and nearly 480,000 of their dependants and heirs.
It is considered one of the most important resources for African-American genealogical research.

Genealogy Directories, Dictionaries, and Guides

The Local History Room contains a collection of print resources.

Check out a video guide to learn how to make a family tree. These can be checked out for seven days, and renewed if necessary.


A copier is located near the elevator on the lower level. Copies are 10 cents per page.

The Local History Room is supported by gifts from Dr. Herbert Weston and family, Friends of the Northville District Library, and Northville Genealogical Society.