Genealogy Research
All genealogists are encouraged to come to the library to use our Genealogy collection and Genealogy computer to conduct their research on their own. Library staff is available to provide guidance during our hours of operation.
A researcher may make requests for obituary information by mail. We charge a research fee of $10 per name submitted with a date of death. This fee includes copying the obituary and is payable in advance. Payment is required even if no record is found. Please print out and fill in our Obituary Request Form. Send the form, along with a check or money order payable to Livonia Public Library to:
Obituary Requests
Livonia Public Library
32777 Five Mile Road
Livonia, MI 48154
As we do not give refunds when an obituary is not found, please check the following two obituary resources before submitting a request:
1. The Livonia Observer Obituary Index and The Detroit News Obituary Index featured below. If the person that you're searching for is listed in either of the indexes, fill in the obituary request form and submit the $10 per name fee.
2. If the person is not in the Livonia Obsever Index, try Michigan Death Notices where you can find full text obituaries from 2001 to the present free of charge.
For requests regarding residents who died outside Livonia, we suggest using the Detroit Public Library or the State Library of Michigan.
Livonia Observer Obituary Index
Currently, this index covers obituaries from the Livonia Observer newspaper from June 1955 - December 31, 2014.
Last Name begins with:A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Detroit News Obituary Index
Currently, this index covers obituaries from the Detroit News newspaper from January 1, 1980 - December 31, 2001.
Please Note: we are in the process of converting our index to pdf format in alphabetical order by last name. As new letters are completed, they will be added below.
Last Name begins with:A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
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 Plat 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.
Ancestry Library Edition
You may access Ancestry Library Edition (subscription version of using our catalog 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
Federal Census of Iowa:
1880 Fayette (part), Floyd, Franklin, Fremont, Green
1900 Fremont, Greene, Grundy (part)
Federal Census of Kentucky:
1850 Floyd, Franklin, Fulton, Gallatin
1860 Floyd, Franklin, Fulton, Pendleton, Perry, Pike (part)
1870 Fleming, Floyd, Pike, Powell
1880 Madison, Magoffin, Pike
1900 Fayette (part), McLean, Magoffin, Madison (part), Pendleton (part) Perry, Pike, Powell
1910 Floyd, Graves, Pendleton, Pike
1920 Fayette (part), Pike, Powell
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.31, 2014 (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
State Archives
United States