Local History at TADL

  • Hannah Lay Mercantile building, ca. 1883


The Local History Collection is a closed collection of materials. To obtain access or to ask a question about Local History, please email ask@tadl.org.

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Research Links

  • Ancestry Library Edition Genealogy research tool provided by The Friends of TADL – Only available to use at library locations.
  • MyHeritage Library Edition Family history resource including more than 6 billion historical ​records from the United States, Europe, Latin America, and other regions. Includes the full USA federal census (1790-1940); census of England and Wales (1841-1901); U.S. World War II Army Enlistment as well as records of Union and Confederate Civil War soldiers. Over 2 billion family trees.
  • Newspaper Archive Historical collection of Michigan newspapers, including the Traverse City Record-Eagle
  • TADL Local History Collection Digital collection of local manuscript and published works, including photographs, yearbooks, plat maps, postcards and newspapers
  • Then and Now Traverse City A self-guided walk for local history created through a partnership with the Traverse City Arts Commission, TC Downtown Development Authority, Traverse Area Historical Society, and Traverse Area District Library, launched in October 2019. A series of ten plaques featuring photos from “then” next to the landscape of “now” are displayed throughout Downtown Traverse City along East and West Front, State, Cass, and Union Streets.
  • Michiganology.org is a partnership between the Archives of Michigan and the Library of Michigan delivering more than 10 million records online.