Detroit Public Main Library
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Contact Information[edit | edit source]
Telephone: 313-481-1300; Burton Historical Collection 313-481-1401
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Collection Description[edit | edit source]
The Detroit Public Library Main Branch is home to the Burton Historical Collection and to the Detroit Society for Genealogical Research. They also have many unpublished family histories, research aids like indexes and cemetery guides, and an obituary collection. Their family folder collection is large, as is their very good newspaper collection.
The Burton Historical Collection contains records pertaining to Detroit’s history from her days as a 17th century settlement to present day, with information about the Great Lakes Region including the role of Canada, the French and English influence. There are atlases, maps, photographs, pamphlets, bound newspapers, personal papers and much more. Some Vital records such as marriage, birth and death records are available. Federal population schedules along with family histories, personal papers, immigration records, some Detroit high school yearbooks, probate indexes and records plus city directories for most years and other supporting resources are also available.
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If you cannot visit or find a source at the Detroit Public Main Library, a similar source may be available at one of the following.
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