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To use the Library's version of Ancestry at home, please log in to your Library account. You will need your Library card number and your Library PIN (Please leave a phone message at the Library at 586-771-9020 if you need your PIN. Your call will be returned asap.)

Once you log in to your account, you will see on the left of the screen "Ancestry--Remote Access". Click this link, and you will have Ancestry Access, just as if you were in the Library.

Begin searching with the information you have closest to you in time, and work your way back. You will build family information like a reverse pyramid:  begin with one point (or person) and build outward.

You can begin with the broadest search by clicking the "Search" link.  This will ask for very general information about the person you are looking for, but it will return the maximum number of results, the vast majority of which will not apply to your search.

To narrow your search, you may wish to begin searching with Birth, Marriage and Death records. If the person was not living in the US, begin by narrowing the search to a specific nation, such as England or France.

Remember: some information like names or dates were transcribed from hand-written records so spelling errors or "wrong" dates may be common. Be flexible by looking in the records for likely information, and keeping a broader date range and likelihood of spellings.

If you are not finding desired information, try looking for other relatives of the person.  For example, there may be parental information in the record of a sibling that is not in the record of the specific person you are looking for.

US census records are very helpful; they provide a great deal of information, but the farther back in time they go, the more general the information will be.  The most recent US census available is from 1940.  Most of the 1790 census was destroyed by fire.

If you are looking for a woman, please remember to search by both maiden and married names.

There are numerous tips in the Ancestry "Learning Center" to be found in the black band at the top of the Ancestry screen.

To keep your information organized, you can print or download charts and forms, to be found in the "Charts and Forms" link in the black band at the top of the Ancestry page.

Finally, not all information is available digitally, but more is being added all the time. If you can't find something, check back in a few weeks--it may show up.

Arthur M. Woodford Local History Center

Local History Center

The Michigan History Collection, begun in 1986, contains over 4,000 volumes of books and periodicals. Michigan history, history of the Great Lakes, and local history are featured. We also have resources for genealogy in the collection.

The Local History Center has a collection of yearbooks from St. Clair Shores High Schools:

Lake Shore: 1948, 1950, 1955-2012

Lakeview: 1956, 1960-2010

South Lake: 1948, 1968-1970, 1972, 1974-1996, 1998-1999, 2001, 2003-2007, 2009, 2011-2014

St. Gertrude: 1967-1971

Historic Images
To view photographs of St. Clair Shores and the Macomb County area, please visit the Digital Archives found at the top of the Online Resources drop down menu above.

There are over 4,000 images from St. Clair Shores and many more from surrounding areas.

Local History Center Michigan Collection

Local History Center
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