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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 the local area and Michigan history including: biographies, city directories, centennial books, genealogical information, compiled obituary records, and much more. Come in and browse today!

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 for free.

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. Through the end of 2021, Ancestry.com is also 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!