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Livonia Observer Obituary Index
Currently, this index covers obituaries from the Livonia Observer newspaper from June 1955 - December 5, 2010. Fill out our webform with information from the following files. An electronic scan of the obit will be sent to you via email within 7-10 working days. Please contact us after 2 weeks if you have not received a response.

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Naturalization Record Index
This Naturalization Record index was compiled from the Detroit Society for Genealogical Research Magazine. From the spring of 1991 through the fall of 2008, the society published transcriptions of Naturalization Records of the Recorder's Court, Detroit, Michigan in their quarterly magazine. In total over 5000 surnames were cited. These records contain a wealth of information for novice and advanced researchers alike. The index is alphabetized by surnames, while also providing volume, date, and page the information can be found upon in the magazine.

Last Name beginning A thru F
Last Name beginning G thru L
Last Name beginning M thru R
Last Name beginning S thru Z

Patron Directory of Wayne County 1876
Land owner directory from the Platt map book titled: "Illustrated Historical Atlas of Wayne County, MI 1876". Patron Directory of Wayne County 1876

Genealogy Computer
A microfilm scanner is attached to this computer for easy printing or saving of genealogy and newspaper information to a flash drive. The Genealogy Computer also provides access to Ancestry Library Edition.

Stemmons Publishing Collection
The Western Wayne County Genealogical Society has generously donated a phenomenal cd resource to the Civic Center Library's genealogical collection. The Stemmons Publishing collection is a 10 cd set containing over 700 books in excess of over 230,000 pages of genealogical information. Click here to view a description of the titles available on the cds.

Western Wayne Genealogical Society Publications
Index of Western Wayne Genealogical Society publications housed at the Livonia Civic Center Library. Click here to view a list.

The CLIO Collection
Through the generosity of the Western Wayne County Genealogical Society an electronic library is available for research.
CLIO is a digital library shelf made up of 500 titles of local and county histories. The collection is located on the Civic Center Library's genealogy computer and is available to researchers who come in to utilize the library's genealogy collection. This resource provides genealogists to a wide selection of titles from the 19th and 20th centuries from a wide variety of states. For a complete listing of titles please click here.

Ancestry Library Edition
You may access Ancestry Library Edition (subscription version of using our cataog and internet stations, as well as our genealogy computer. Access to this valuable resource is provided for use within the library only.

Microfilm Resources
Detroit City Directories on Microfilm at Civic Center Library:
1880-1881, 1885, 1890, 1894-1895, 1900-1901, 1905, 1910, 1915, 1919-1920, 1925-1926, 1930-1931, 1940, 1940-1941

Federal Census of Michigan:
1830, 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930

Soundex for Federal Census of Michigan:
1900, 1910, 1920

1890 Special Schedule of 1890 Census enumerating Union Veterans and Widows of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

Livonia Newspapers(various titles): Jul.7, 1955 - Dec.25, 2011 (missing Sept-Dec. 1979)
Presque Isle County Advance: Feb.17, 1898 - Jan.3, 1901
Rochester Era: Jul.11, 1902 - Jun.1, 1928
Detroit News: Oct.1 - Nov.30, 1939; Jan.1 - Jan.31, 1940; Nov.1 - Dec.31, 1947; Jan.1, 1980 - Jan.15, 2011

Online Resources
Cemetery and Death Records
General Genealogy Resources
Passenger Lists, Immigration and Ships
United States

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