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Heritage Room Resources

Dec 19 2013


Various published census records are available via Ancestry Library (in library use only) or Heritage Quest (in library or remotely with a valid FCL card).

Directories—City, Telephone and Polk

Various issues of Farmington area city, telephone, and Polk directories are available.  Some early (1939-1950) editions of these directories are also available via our Digital Collections.

Genealogical Periodicals

Acorns to Oaks – Oakland County Genealogical Society

American Spirit (DAR)

Detroit Society for Genealogical Research Quarterly

Your Genealogy Today (formerly Family Chronicle)

Family Tree Magazine

Internet Genealogy

Historical Periodicals

American History

Civil War Times

History Today

Michigan Historical Review

Michigan History


Farmington Forum (Jan. 1976 – Dec. 1989) by e-mail appointment only.  Please complete question form.

Farmington Observer (formerly Enterprise, Enterprise Observer and Observer Eccentric) (1888 – current).

May be viewed online: current issue, Search Newspapers or browse issues in our Digital Collections.

Northwest Gazette (Mar. 1989 – Dec. 2004) by e-mail appointment only.  Please complete question form.

Photograph Collection

Photocopies of the FCL collection of more than 2000 photographs may be viewed in the Photo Collection Index.  A digital copy can be e-mailed with the submission of the request form found in the Heritage Room in the front of the Photo Collection Index. No more than five requests will be honored at one time.

Surname Indexes and Collections

Indexes may be searched here.

  • Cook Collection
  • Obituaries
  • Photocopied Obituaries
  • Heeney-Sundquist Funeral Home Records
  • Engagement, Anniversary & Weddings 1940–1959
  • People in the News
  • Portrait & Biographical Album, Oakland County, MI (1892)

Vertical Files

Burgundy binders in Unit 1C contain newspaper clippings concerning many aspects of Farmington Township.


Farmington Township high schools, 1923–present (scattered years); some elementary schools; and yearbooks from some area colleges and universities, 1892–1953 (scattered years). Must request yearbooks from the Reference Desk.

Fifty Essential Works of Michigan History

Apr 11 2014

Search Obituaries/Genealogical Indexes

Dec 19 2013


About These Indexes

These indexes were hand-compiled by Volunteers in the Farmington Community Library Heritage Room and  members of the Farmington Genealogical Society. They are made available in an  online version hosted by the Farmington Community Library.

The Obituary Index

The Obituary Index contains name, date of death (may be calculated, and/or approximate), source of the obituary, date of the obituary, and page number where the obituary appeared.  A separate table lists maiden names and the page number where they appear in the printed version of the index which is available in the Heritage Collection. The obituary index can be searched by last name, first name, soundex code, and date of death.

The Surname Index

The Surname Index contains a compilation of names which appear in church records, newspaper articles, biographies, names of local cities, towns and lakes, family group sheets, land conveyance records, marriage notices (1940–1959), obituaries, photocopied obituariesFuneral Home Records, and wedding and birthday notices held in the Heritage Collection of the Farmington Community Library. The index contains name, source, page, and in some cases a brief note.

How to Use the Indexes

Clicking on the Search the Indexes Tab, below, brings you to the Search Tool. The Search Tool Screen looks like this:

Image of Search Tool screen

The Obituary Index can be searched by last name, first name, soundex code, and date of death. An Obituary Index Search returns this result:

Obiturary Search Result

You can click on the hyperlinked result—and it is important to note the section and page Number—and be taken to the first page of that issue. Use the menu at the top of the page to navigate to the page needed for the obituary, which page can then be downloaded or printed as a .pdf.
Other Indexes will display in their search results references to other tools—primarily print—that are available in the Heritage Room of the Main Library.


Search the Indexes

Virtual Opportunities for Education and Fun

Mar 20 2020

Art and Museums

British Museum of the World

British Museum – Museum of the World

Welcome to The Museum of the World – an interactive experience through time, continents and cultures, featuring some of the most fascinating objects in human history.



Explore a vast collection of online experiences to feed your curiosity and education resources supporting online teaching and learning.

Google Arts and Culture

Google Arts and Culture

Explore collections from around the world with Google Arts & Culture, created by Google Cultural Institute. Visit Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Palace of Versailles, the National Gallery of Art, and hundreds more – all online!


Guggenheim Collection Online

A searchable database of selected artworks from the Guggenheim’s permanent collection of approximately 8,000 artworks.


Louvre Online Tours

Visit the museum’s exhibition rooms and galleries, contemplate the façades of the Louvre…
Come along on a virtual tour and enjoy the view!

Port Discovery

Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Explore videos from the Port Discovery Children’s Museum in Baltimore, MD.


Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

The Smithsonian, National Museum of Natural History virtual tours allow visitors to take self-guided, room-by-room tours of select exhibits and areas within the museum from their desktop or mobile device. Visitors can also access select collections and research areas at our satellite support and research stations as well as past exhibits no longer on display.

Van Gogh

Van Gogh Museum

A virtual tour of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands.


Vatican Museums Virtual Tour

Welcome to the Vatican Museums, which conserve the immense collection of art amassed by the popes from the seventeenth century onwards.


Westminster Abbey Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour inside Westminster Abbey. View treasures including the Shrine of St Edward the Confessor, the Grave of the Unknown Warrior, the High Altar and the Coronation Chair in unprecedented detail.

Books and Authors

Lunch Doodles With Mo Willems

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems

Mo Willems invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks. Grab some paper and pencils, pens, or crayons and join Mo to explore ways of writing and making together.

Read Together Be Together

Read Together, Be Together

“Read Together, Be Together” is a nationwide movement that celebrates the importance, and power, of the shared reading experience between an adult and a child. Stay connected with live story times and digital events.

StoryLine Online

Storyline Online

Storyline Online streams imaginatively produced videos featuring celebrated actors including Viola Davis, Allison Janney, Chris Pine, Wanda Sykes, Justin Theroux, and Betty White reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations, helping to inspire a love of reading in children.

Story Time From Space

Story Time From Space

Story Time From Space sends children’s books & demonstrations to the International Space Station. While in space, astronauts videotape themselves reading books to the children of Earth.




Free courses in a wide variety of subjects from colleges around the world.

Early Literacy

Free Code Camp

5,000+ tutorials on how to code like a pro!



A place for active older adults to learn, connect, and share with peers in small intimate classes. The classes focus on supporting the use of digital devices such as computers, smartphone, tablets as well as other services such as Zoom, social media and more. There are more than 150 online classes for older adults and a coupon code of MICHIGANHEALTH listed on the site to use to waive any fees associated with the classes.


Imagineering in a Box

‘Imagineering in a Box’ is a free online program that brings together the diverse talents of Disney Imagineers around the world for a one-of-a-kind learning experience! The series offers 32 videos in which Imagineers share how they use a wide range of skills – from story development and conceptual design, to math, physics and engineering – to create immersive experiences.

Michigan History Kids

Michigan History for Kids

Read stories about the history and heritage of all Michigan’s peoples OR click on the audio files and listen to the stories, enjoy the interactive educational activities and games, and check out the “Teacher Section” for lesson plans and ideas that can be easily used at home! Please use Username: MHK and Password: 1234


NASA STEM Activities

Launch rockets, build a hovercraft, create a winning science fair project and more! These science, technology, engineering and math activities are fun for kids, adults, and the whole family.



Live views from space, groundbreaking science, interviews with scientists: NASA TV has it all. Tune in to enjoy #NASAatHome weekdays at 10 a.m. EDT and 4 p.m. EDT.

National Geographic Kids

National Geographic Kids

Make learning fun with National Geographic! Explore animal and country profiles, encyclopedia entries, maps, and more!

Field Trips and Tours


Airpano Virtual Tours

Around 3,000 panoramas of more than 300 places of the Earth, including the North Pole, the Antarctic, volcano eruptions and even panoramas from the stratosphere.

American Battlefields

American Battlefields Virtual Tours

Experience the Civil War like never before and tour the battlefields in panoramic view. Jump from battlefield to battlefield using our virtual tours that offer historic detail on battle highlights and points of interest, compelling photography, lively video, in-depth articles and more.


FarmFood 360

Take yourself on a real life expedition of Canadian farms and food processing facilities from the comfort of your home. It’s a fun, simple and affordable way to educate and engage audiences and explore where food comes from.

Ford Piquette

Ford Piquette Avenue Plant Virtual Tour

As the birthplace of the Ford Model T car, the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is recognized as one of the most significant automotive heritage sites in the world. Take a 3D Virtual Tour of this Historic Site.


Great Wall of China Virtual Tour

Explore one of the most impressive ancient structures on the planet, the Great Wall of China!


Monticello Virtual Tours

Tour Thomas Jefferson’s plantation and explore its furnishings in this 360-degree panoramic presentation of Jefferson’s autobiographical architectural masterpiece.

Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon Virtual Tours and Online Learning

Explore Mount Vernon’s vast digital offerings including primary and secondary sources, virtual tours, as well as videos, games, quizzes, and activities that can be completed independently or as a group.

Glenn Research Center

NASA Glenn Research Center Virtual Tours

Get an inside look at NASA Glenn Research Center’s facilities. Select a tour and tap the icons to view videos, images and see testing in action.

Langley Research Center

NASA Langley Research Center Virtual Tour

Look inside the gates of NASA’s Langley Research Center with a virtual tour.

NASA Space Center Houston

NASA Space Center Houston App

The free Space Center Houston interactive mobile tour features audio tour, GPS maps, selfie filters, augmented reality experiences, virtual reality lite and more!

National Parks

U.S. National Park Webcams

Links to all known U.S. National Park, National Monument, National Recreational Area, and National Seashore WebCams.

Mindfulness and Self-Help

Calm Blog

Calm Blog

Without a doubt, many of us are feeling anxious as we navigate the uncertainty of COVID-19. Enjoy this curation of content hand-picked to support your mental and emotional wellness through this time.

Mindfulness and Movement

Mindfulness and Movement for Kids – Katie Scherr

Enhancing school readiness with mindful movement and stillness. Yoga-inspired and science-informed.

Yoga with Adriene

Yoga With Adriene – Yoga for Uncertain Times

A free, 30+ video playlist from the Yoga With Adriene YouTube channel. This collection of practices is there to support you in times of uncertainty. May this collection serve to remind you that you are not alone, to support you through unknown times, and to help you find peace through your home practice.

Music and Performances


Bolshoi Theatre – Russian Ballet

Watch popular opera and ballet performances from the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

DSO Classroom

Detroit Symphony Orchestra – Classroom Edition

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Educational Concert Series (ECS) has introduced students to classical music for more than 80 years. With special hosts and thoughtfully chosen music, these concerts bring kids inside the orchestra. Each performance includes a downloadable Teacher Resource Guide.

DSO Replay

Detroit Symphony Orchestra – Replay Archive

Register for access to all Detroit Symphony Orchestra live webcasts and on-demand archive, DSO Replay.

Playbill Stars in the House

This daily series, created by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley, offers mini concerts and conversations in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

Zoos and Animals

Georgia Aquarium

Detroit Zoo Virtual Vitamin Z

Get some #VirtualVitaminZ by checking out live streams, educational content and more.

Georgia Aquarium

Georgia Aquarium Beluga Webcam

Watch the Beluga whale livestream from the Georgia Aquarium. You can also explore puffins, jellyfish, piranha, and more!

Houston Zoo

Houston Zoo Webcams

Tune in to the Houston Zoo Webcams and enjoy a live look at animals that call the Houston Zoo home!

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Monterey Bay Aquarium Exploration

Experience the wonder of the ocean from anywhere. Choose a live cam and be mesmerized by moon jellies or see how many sevengill sharks you can spot.

Panda Cam

Panda Cam – Zoo Atlanta

Watch the Pandas at Zoo Atlanta LIVE!

San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo – Live Cams

Watch animals at the San Diego Zoo. Elephants, Koalas, Tigers, Apes, and more!

Smithsonian Zoo

Smithsonian National Zoo Webcams

Watch animals at the Smithsonian National Zoo. Also includes a downloadable packet of educational activities to do with students K-5.

National Parks Wildlife

U.S. National Park Service – Watching Wildlife

Did you know that you can see what’s happening live at parks without leaving your home? Webcams allow you to get up close to wildlife without disturbing them. Watch the famous brown bears of Brooks River, go on a live dive in Channel Islands, or take a peek in a Bald Eagle’s Nest.

Roots Day-Dec. 23

Dec 23 2016

Many people are uninterested in where their ancestors came from…until they start researching the topic deeper. And then suddenly it turns out that their family history was a long and fascinating one, and they become obsessed with finding out everything possible about where their forefather come from that they talk the ear off of anyone even remotely interested. Maybe they were related to a famous person who made a significant discovery or took part in an important battle or other historical event? People have been migrating to all different parts of the world for hundreds of years in search of a better place to live, worship and raise their families, motivated by everything from religious prosecution to hunger and poverty in their own countries, to taking part in great wars that made our world what it is today, so it stands to reason that everyone would find something interesting about their own family history. Your parents, grandparents, etc. and their decisions are what made you who you are today, and had they made different decisions than they did, then it would not have only been their lives that would have ended up affected. Many times questions that have plagued us our entire lives can be answered with some solid family history research, and even spending just a few hours might reveal some valuable information.

The History of Roots Day

One of the most important aspects of Root Day is that it falls directly before Christmas, thus illustrating the importance and meaning of family during these times especially. Holidays are traditionally spent with any and all kinds of family, so it is only fitting that a holiday celebrating or ancestral heritage should fall during the same period. Roots Day has been celebrated by many for over 40 years.

How to Celebrate Roots Day

The best way to go about celebrating Roots Day is to look into your own roots. Almost everyone inhabiting the “New World” is likely related to the thousands upon thousands of European immigrants who decided to leave their homelands for a variety of reasons. Find out who your grandparents or great-grandparents are/were, and why they came to the country you live now. If these relatives are still alive and you can talk to them about this in person, you could learn all sorts of things about what life was like a few decades or generations back, and hear many interesting stories about their adventures coming to their new country, learning the language, etc. If they’re not with you anymore, look as much as you can up on the Internet or go to your local library–there may be plenty of information about the founders of your community there that may not be on the Internet at all. Did your ancestors come to, say, America hundreds of years ago on the Mayflower or another such ship? Or did they flee Europe during one of the World Wars? There is not telling how many interesting facts you can find out about your relatives and the blood that flows through your own veins. Another way you could celebrate your roots is by getting together with you children or other family members and cooking a few traditional dishes of the country your grandparents come from. This is guaranteed to be a fascinating experience that might just result in you learning to make a new dish that may just become a family favorite! Wild mushroom pierogi, anyone? A piece of Cassata alla Siciliana? Or perhaps some shepherd’s pie?

Did you  know that the Library has Ancestry Library Edition come into the Library and check it out.

Miss Maria

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