Genealogy and Local Family History Resources

Chelsea District Library Collections & Databases

  • Ancestry Library – In library only
  • Heritage Quest
  • Sanborn Maps – In library
  • Sanborn Maps – Remote access
Chelsea District Library History Resources

Also see:
Family History Index – A collection of local obituaries and cemetery records at Chelsea District Library, now available online.

From the Library’s Archives

History of Chelsea, 1832-1850, by Rena Walworth (1945)

History of Chelsea, 1850-1901 by Nina Belle Wurster (1945)

History of the McKune House by Paul Hoffman (1973)

History of the public library in Chelsea, 1932-1972 by Jean L. Eaton (1972)

Local & State Resources

  • Bentley Historical Library – at the University of Michigan
  • Burton Historical Collection – at Detroit Public Library
  • Chelsea Area Historical Society
  • Genealogical Society of Washtenaw County
  • Jackson County Genealogical Society
  • Michigan Genealogical Council
  • Michigan Genealogy on the Web – part of the USGenWeb Project
  • People of the Three Fires – Michigan tribal groups genealogy, part of the USGenWeb Project

State of Michigan Government Resources

  • Family History Month is October – a listing of Library of Michigan workshops, newsletters, and services
  • Family History and Your Health – a newsletter from the Michigan Department of Community Health (pdf)
  • Genealogical Death Indexing System – Michigan Department of Community Health, Division of Vital Records and Health Statistics
  • Library of Michigan and State Archives of Michigan – genealogy records and services, including the 1870 Michigan Census Index and Images; Michigan Cemetery Sources; Michigan Naturalization Records; and State Population Censuses for Michigan
  • Michigan Newspapers – Track the name changes of local newspapers throughout history and find out where to obtain copies
  • Michigan eLibrary – genealogy links

National Resources

  • – African-American genealogy resources
  • Cyndi’s List – more than 200,000 links to genealogy resources on the Web
  • FamilySearch – from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
  • The Genealogy Homepage – collection of links updated daily
  • Hispanic Genealogy Center
  • National Genealogical Society
  • The USGenWeb Project
  • USGenWeb Kidz
  • U.S. National Archives and Records Administration – records and resources