Library Databases:

Online tools provided to library patrons with a library bar code and PIN.

Ancestry Library Edition: has approximately 4,000 databases including key collections such as U.S. Federal Census Images and indexes from 1790 to 1940; the Map Center containing more than 1,000 historical maps; Daughters of the American Revolution Lineage (over 150 volumes);  Social Security Death Index (updated monthly); military records from WWI, WWII, and the Civil War.

**Please note, due to Ancestry Library Edition restrictions, access to this resource is only available at PWPL. It cannot be accessed from your home.**

Cloverland Archives: Digital access to the Cloverland Magazine, a publication that was used to promote the UP for tourism, development, and agriculture from 1916-1923.

FamilySearch Affiliate Library: PWPL recently became a FamilySearch Affiliate Library. As an Affiliate Library, we have access to over 2 billion digitized records, including 400 million images that are currently not available to the public outside of a FamilySearch Affiliate Library or history center. This database is provided by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Go to to create a free account.

Mining Journal Digital Collection: This collection consists of the Marquette Mining Journal from 1868 to 1939. New content is being added everyday. The Mining Journal was a weekly paper until June 1884, when the new Mining Journal was launched. Weekly issues continued in addition to the daily papers until the end of 1885. This digitization initiative was started with the generous donations of Russ Magnaghi and Diane Kordich. Those interested in expanding this collection are encouraged to donate to PWPL Digitization. For more information or to donate to the project, contact PWPL Development Director, Heather Steltenpohl at or by phone 906-226-4305. Donations can also be made here.

My Heritage: New to the Michigan eLibrary (MeL) in 2018, this database contains the following:

  • The full USA Federal Census (1790-1940) with images
  • Census of England and Wales (1841-1901) with images​
  • More than 80 million historical photographs
  • Military records, immigration records, and passenger lists
  • Citizenship and naturalization records

Sanborn Maps:  Digital access to 1793 large-scale maps of 339 Michigan towns and cities, including Lansing, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Traverse City, and nine maps of the City of Marquette as it grew between 1884 and 1946.