The Local History Collection
Bacon Memorial District Library
The library's local history collection is housed in two rooms on the second floor of the historic Ford-Bacon house, and increasingly online. This collection is indispensible to those doing family and local history research in this area since many of its resources can be found nowhere else.
Some of the frequently used materials in the collection include:
Wyandotte newspapers on microfilm from 1882 to the present. Much of these are indexed.
City directories for Wyandotte and other Downriver communities from 1898 to the present. Those from 1898 to 1940 are available online.
Downriver telephone directories from the 1920s to the present.
Wyandotte and Roosevelt High School yearbooks.
Microfilmed death records for the city of Wyandotte (and Ford City) from 1897 to 1998.
Microfilmed Thon Funeral Home records from 1921-1995.
Microfilmed U. S. Census records. Through a subscription to Ancestry.com (in-library access only), these are also online.
Local maps, atlases, biographies and histories of cities, organizations, churches, businesses and individuals.
Microfilmed Detroit Free Press for the Civil War years.
A one page guide on How to Research the History of a House in Wyandotte
A list matching present-day to pre-1927 street addresses in Wyandotte.
Obituary files on thousands of individuals.
Cemetery records including Oakwood and Mt. Carmel cemeteries in Wyandotte.
Church records, including First Congregational, St. John's, St. Stephen's and Trinity Lutheran
Passenger ship arrival records for Germans and Italians
Many newsletters and house publications for local churches and industries
Library patrons are encouraged to come to the Local History/Genealogy Room themselves to do research. Library staff is available to provide assistance and guidance during our hours of operation. We are open Monday through Thursday from 10:00AM to 9PM; Friday and Saturday from 10:00AM to 5PM.
Researchers, who are unable to come to the library, can make requests for information by telephone, fax, mail or e-mail (email@example.com). We charge a research fee of a minimum of $10.00. This fee covers up to 30 minutes of staff research and is payable at the time of the request. It also includes photocopying up to 10 pages and postage. Ten cents will be charged for each additional page copied.
We will search the various indexed sources available in the Local History collection. Payment of fees is necessary even if no records are found. If this is the case, a reply will be made listing all materials examined. If extended, in-depth searching is required, you will be referred to the Downriver Genealogical Society.
Please make check or money order payable to: Bacon Memorial District Library and send to the attention of the Local History Department at 45 Vinewood, Wyandotte MI 48192. In your request please be sure to include as much information as possible. Full names, dates and places of birth, marriage, death, parents' and siblings' names etc. will help ensure accurate results. PRINTING the names rather than writing will help us too.