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History and Genealogy

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Ancestry Library Edition

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.

Not available for home access.

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The Orion Library's digitized archive of Heir-Lines, the quarterly publication of the North Oakland Genealogical Society. (1978 - 1998)

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Humanities Source

Humanities Source is a valuable full-text database covering literary, scholarly and creative thought. It provides full text, indexing and abstracts for the most noted scholarly sources in the humanities.

Provided by the Michigan eLibrary

Michigan History Magazine

Michigan History offers a wide variety of subject matter, time frames, and perspectives while inspiring, educating, and entertaining its readers. Every issue explores the state’s most fascinating historical facets and celebrates the history and heritage of all Michigan’s peoples.

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Oakland County Historical Resources

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.

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Orion Legacy

The Orion Library's digitized archive of the Orion Legacy, the newsletter of the Orion Historical Society.

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Time Tracs

The Orion Library's digitized collection of Time Tracs, a newspaper column written by local historian James Ingram and appearing in the Orion Review.

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Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference Library is a database of encyclopedias and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research. Topics include: Arts, Biography, Business, Education, Environment, General Reference, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Multicultural Studies, Nation and World, Religion, Science, and Social Science. GVRL does not support the transfer of titles to portable reading devices.

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History Reference Center

Covering both U.S. and world history topics, History Reference Center is a full-text database featuring historical reference books, magazines, journals and thousands of primary source documents.

Provided by the Michigan eLibrary

Jewish Studies Source

Jewish Studies Source is a full-text database offering a multidisciplinary view of the study of Jewish civilization, from its historical origins to the present. It is one of the only full-text databases that focuses exclusively on Jewish studies.

Provided by the Michigan eLibrary


MyHeritage Library Edition is one of the largest, most internationally diverse genealogy databases of its kind. Libraries that offer MyHeritage Library Edition provide their patrons with access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos and other resources in thousands of databases that span the past five centuries. Remote access and a mobile-friendly interface make it the most convenient genealogy product for libraries and institutions.

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Oakland Press (2004 - current)

Search full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and more from current and archived issues of The Oakland Press. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.

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Orion Review Archive

The Orion Library's digitized archive of the Orion Review.

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