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The Daily Genealogist: Grosse Pointe Public Library, Michigan

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Valerie Beaudrault

Valerie Beaudrault
Assistant Editor

Grosse Pointe Public Library, Michigan

Grosse Pointe is a small city that borders Detroit. It is located in Wayne County, Michigan. The Grosse Pointe Public Library has made a number of resources available on its website. The resources include a local history archive and an obituary index. Click on the Local History Archives icon on the homepage to access them.

There are a number of resources in the Local History Archives. They include books, photographs, maps, and newspapers, among other resources. Click on the Books icon to access three local histories. The following volumes have been digitized and are available as PDFs: A History of Agricultural School District 1; Grosse Pointe Guide and index; and The Mansions of Grosse Pointe. Click on the Photographs icon and then the Library thumbnail to view the nearly 50 historical photographs of the Grosse Pointe Public Library. There are a dozen historical images under the Maps link.

Click on the Grosse Pointe Obituary Index link to access the index main page. The database is an index to obituaries and other articles associated with deaths found in two local newspapers, the Grosse Pointe News and the Grosse Pointe Review. The index covers the period from 1940 through 2009 with a few records from 1930. Beginning with 1940, each segment of the index comprises a five-year period. Each section of the index is organized alphabetically. The data fields are last name, first name, middle name, date of death, printed (publication) date, newspaper title, and page.

On the Local History Archives page, you will find a link to Grosse Pointe newspapers that have been digitized and uploaded to the library's website. The digital collection includes Grosse Pointe News (1940–present), Grosse Pointe Review (1930–1952), and Grosse Pointe Civic News (1923–1934). You can find the full text of an obituary by using the information found in the index. First, click on the thumbnail link one of the newspapers. Click on the year, then the date of publication. This will open a PDF file of the complete issue of the selected newspaper. Instructions on the website provide information on how to search for specific items. You can also search the entire database by entering a single word or an exact phrase in the search box. You can limit your search to a specific time period by selecting a decade from the drop down list.


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