Free Local History Resources

Historical Society of Michigan

Historical Society of Michigan (HSM)

The Historical Society of Michigan (HSM) is the state’s oldest cultural organization, founded in 1828 by territorial governor Lewis Cass and explorer Henry Schoolcraft. The Society helps to connect Michigan’s past to students, educators, historical organizations and the public through educational programs, conferences, publications, awards, workshops, referral services, networking opportunities, and support for local history […]

iDigOrion – Digital Archive

Searchable databases containing the Lake Orion Review (most issues published since 1935, plus many older issues), Heir-Lines (the quarterly publication of the North Oakland Genealogical Society), the Orion Legacy (the Orion Historical Society Newsletter), and Jim Ingram’s Time Tracs.

Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)

The Prints and Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC) contains catalog records and digital images representing a rich cross-section of still pictures held by the Prints & Photographs Division and, in some cases, other units of the Library of Congress.

Michigan County Histories and Atlases

Comprised of 428 digitized titles (many composed of multiple volumes) published before 1923, the collection offers all members of the community free keyword searching and page-by-page access to digitized reproductions of Michigan county histories and atlases as a resource for historical and genealogical research.

Michigan Historical Center

The Michigan Historical Center is a statewide administrative agency headquartered in the Michigan Library and Historical Center in downtown Lansing.  There is no charge to enter the building.  The east wing of the building houses the Michigan Historical Center’s Archives of Michigan and Michigan Historical Museum.

Michigan Memories

Michigan Memories provides access to collections from cultural institutions throughout the state of Michigan. These collections are created and maintained by archivists, librarians, and curators who are dedicated to the preservation of Michigan’s history and heritage. Michigan Memories celebrates the diverse voices and communities of our state and serves to inform and enlighten students, teachers, […]

Northeast Oakland Historical Society & Museum

The Northeast Oakland Historical Society was organized in 1971 by a group of interested persons from Oxford, Addison and Orion Townships.  The Society maintains the Northeast Oakland Historical Museum, located at  1 North Washington Street in Oxford, Michigan.  The museum is staffed by volunteers.

Oakland County Historical Resources

Oakland County Historical Resources (OCHR)

Oakland County Historical Resources (OCHR) is a full-text, searchable database composed of digitized text and images of original documents, death notices and obituaries, maps, newspapers, photos, yearbooks, etc. contributed or approved by OCHR members. Each item is documented with the citation or source. The focus is on pre 1930’s copyright free materials.

Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society

Established in 1874, the Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society is the oldest continuously operating non-profit historical society in Michigan.  The role of OCPHS is to preserve and convey the contribution of Oakland County in the evolution of American History.

Orion Historical Society

The Orion Historical Society, a 501(c)3 organization, was founded in 1994 as a community organization dedicated to the preservation of Orion’s legacy.  Since the first organizational meeting early in 1994, dedicated members have worked hard at increasing awareness of our community’s unique architectural and historical resources. The members and friends of the Society continue to […]