The Local History Research Room is currently closed, but we can pull files/materials for patrons anytime we are open.


  • Bennett Collection
  • City Directories
  • Local Documents
  • Local history subject index
  • Local history people index
  • Local history historical highlights
  • Map Collection
  • Marquette Area Yearbooks
  • Marquette County Genealogical Society Collection
  • Marquette Maritime Collection
  • McClintock Darter-Dace Naval Collection
  • Michigan Nonfiction
  • Microfilm
  • Plat Books
  • Shiras Collection
  • Weather Records
  • Wes Perron Railroad Collection


PWPL houses several forms of genealogy resources, including a circulating collection of genealogy books, the PWPL reference collection, the Marquette County Genealogy Society collection, a microfilm collection, and a Local History Research Room. All materials are available to the general public for onsite use.

For obituary requests, please see our research page.


  • Polk City Directories
  • Marquette Area Yearbooks
  • Marquette County Genealogy Society Collection
  • Microfilm Collection which includes The Mining Journal from 1868 to the present.


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

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

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.

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 FamilySearch.org to create a free account.

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.

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.


RootsWeb.com:The oldest and largest FREE genealogy site.

The USGenWeb Project: Free genealogy and family history online.

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet: Online starting point for genealogy searches.

Index of Native American Resources on the Internet: Includes the history of tribes in each section of the country.

Directory of Genealogy Libraries in the U.S.: Comprehensive collection of genealogy resources by state.

Genealogy Archives: List of genealogy websites, research tips, and community forums.

America's First Immigration Center: Castle Garden, part of the Battery Conservancy, offers immigration records from 1820 - 1892 before Ellis Island opened.

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.

Seeking Michigan:  Includes family histories, Civil War Service Records, and Library of Michigan death records from 1897-1920.

For specific inquires on materials and collections, please contact the Reference Staff at (906) 226-4312 or (906) 226-4311 or by email at refdesk@pwpl.info