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Dickinson County Library

Research Local History?

Local history is at your fingertips at the Dickinson County Library!

Microfilm machine with microfilm reel and computer monitor showing an old newspaper

Local History Room: The Main Branch houses various resources related to local area and Michigan history including: biographies, city directories, centennial books, genealogical information, compiled obituary records, and much more. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, an appointment is required to view any of the reference materials housed in the Local History Room. Please call the Main Branch for details.

Microfilm machine: The Main Branch has microfilm machines available to view reels of historic newspapers. View the list of available newspapers by clicking here. You may print screenshots at a cost of 25 cents per page or save to a flash drive. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, an appointment is required to use the microfilm machine with a time limit of 45 minutes. Please call the Main Branch to set up an appointment.

Reference searches: Library staff will conduct reference searches for out-of-county patrons for a fee. The cost is $5 for up to 15 minutes of research, and $5 for every additional 15 minutes. Microfilm screenshots cost 25 cents each, and any black and white photocopies or printed pages cost 10 cents each. Postage fees may be charged, as well. Payment must be received by the library before the research will be delivered. Please call the Main Branch and ask for the reference desk to get started.

Ancestry.com: We offer access to the ancestry.com website, the world's largest online family history resource, on our public computers and WiFi network. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Ancestry.com is available remotely when users have logged into our online card catalog. For assistance with accessing Ancestry.com remotely, please contact the library, or watch this easy tutorial video!

For additional online Local History resources, visit our Local History page!