The James Ingram Room
This room houses the Genealogy, Michigan History and Orion History collections. Included are books, videos and vertical files which pertain to local and Michigan history, historical documents such as atlases, cemetery records, and other genealogical information as well as census records and a microfiche reader.
The North Oakland Genealogical Society meets in the James Ingram Room on the third Thursday of the month at 7:00pm in March, April, May, September, October and November. Their books and materials are accessible to library patrons.
James Ingram Room Print Collections
Michigan History Collections
Orion History Collections
Online Local History Resources
Free Local & Michigan History Resources
- Michigan Above-Ground Surveys, Lake Orion Homes Detailed surveys of historic Lake Orion Properties. Homes arranged alphabetically by street name.
- Orion Since 1818 The history of Orion, written by Paul M. Scott and commissioned by the Orion Township Library Board in honor of the American Revolution Bicentennial (1776 1976).
- Reconnaissance Survey: Historic Architecture, Lake Orion Homes In October 2006, the Charter Township of Orion contracted with the Mannik & Smith Group to conduct a reconnaissance-level survey of the 200 most significant and well-preserved historic resources in the township. The goal of this project was to provide a permanent record of historic properties in Orion Township that would serve as a baseline for future planning and preservation. The resulting report is a wealth of information about Orion Township and its historic homes.
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Online Genealogy Resources
Free Genealogy Resources
Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center
The ACPL Genealogy Center is a unique and valuable resource for the Northeastern Indiana community and the entire genealogical community at large. ACPL has one of the largest research collections available, incorporating records from around the world.
A comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.
FamilySearch, historically known as the Genealogical Society of Utah, is a nonprofit family history organization dedicated to connecting families across generations.
Find a Grave
Find the graves of ancestors, create virtual memorials, add 'virtual flowers' and a note to a loved one's grave, etc.
Library of Michigan Genealogy Collection
Find information about conducting genealogy research and using the Library and Historical Center, as well as links to online research tools you may use from anywhere with an Internet connection.
MeL Genealogy Collection
Whether you are charting your family tree, researching your ancestry or seeking information on family or social history, the resources you’ll find in this gateway will get you started or move you forward in your quest.
Michigan Cemetery Sources
Represents a compilation of published cemetery transcriptions located at the Library of Michigan and links to Michigan cemetery websites. This database also identifies the location of over 3,700 cemeteries in Michigan. It is NOT intended to include a list of personal names.
Michigan Family History Network
A collection of genealogy transcriptions and records to help Michigan Family researchers.
Includes information as to all persons dying within 12 months of the preceding census taking (1850,1860, 1870 and 1880). Usually includes the date and cause of death.
Genealogical research resources compiled by the National Archives.
An online community of genealogy researchers and enthusiasts. Hosted by Ancestry.com.
The Soundex system is the means established by the National Archives to index the U.S. censuses (beginning with 1880). It codes together surnames of the same and similar sounds but of variant spellings. Soundexes are arranged by state, Soundex code of the surname, and given name.
Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island Foundation
Home of the American Family Immigration History Center. Search the Ellis Island Archives, the Passenger Record Archive and the Community Archive.
USGenNet – Oakland County History
Resources compiled by Michigan American Local History Network (ALHN) and Oakland County Historical Resources (OCHR).
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Ancestry Library Edition (ancestry.com)
Not Available for Home Access | Collection of approximately 4,000 databases including key collections such as U.S. federal census images and indexes from 1790 to 1930; the Map Center containing more than 1,000 historical maps; American Genealogical Biographical Index (over 200 volumes), Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage (over 150 volumes), The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1630, Social Security Death Index, WWI Draft Registration Cards, Federal Slave Narratives, and a strong Civil War collection.
Biography and Genealogy Master Index
Indexes current, readily available reference sources, as well as the most important retrospective works that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world. Bibliographic citations only -- no full-text.
A collection of over 25,000 family and local histories, and content. Complete U.S. Federal Census, 1790-1930.
Michigana: Sources in U.S. History Online
Drawn from the Sabin collection and other Gale sources, the archive provides access to a wide variety of documents: personal narratives and memoirs, pamphlets and political speeches, sermons and songs, legal treatises and children's books.