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City/Telephone Directories

1939–1940 Farmington City and Twp. (George Cotter pub.)

1941–1942 Farmington City and Twp., and Nov Twp. (Geo. Cotter)

1945–1946 Farmington City and Twp. (Geo. Cotter)

Jan. 1945 Farmington City and Twp. (Michigan Bell)

Jan. 1946 Farmington City and Twp. (Michigan Bell)

Jan. 1947 Farmington City and Twp. (Michigan Bell

1948 Farmington

1949 Farmington Directory (White Pages)

1949 Farmington Directory (Yellow Pages)

1949 Farmington Longacre (Jan.)

1949 Mayfair

1950 Farmington (White Pages)

1950 Farmington (Classified)

1950 Livonia

1950 Mayfair

1950 Northville

1950 Southfield

1950 Walled Lake


Farmington Newspapers

Search Issues of the Farmington Enterprise / Observer 1888–2003

Browse Issues of the Farmington Enterprise / Observer 1888–2003:

Farmington Newspapers
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1950 1951 1952 1953
1954 1955 1956 1957
1958 1959 1960:Jan–Sept.Oct.–Dec. 1961
1962:Jan–Sept.Oct.–Dec. 1963 1964 1965
1966 1967 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973
1974 1975 1976 1977
1978 1979 1980 1981
1982 1983 1984 1985
1986 1987:Jan–Jun, Oct.–Dec..Jul.–Sept. 1988 1989
1990 1991 1992 1993
1994 1995 1996 1997
1998 1999 2000 2001
2002 2003 (Jan.–June) 2003 (Jul.–Dec: Limit year to 2003) 2004–present

Genealogical Databases


Ancestry Library Edition


Offering a new, simplified search screen and contains the following enhancements not previously available in MeL: Passenger lists from all major U.S. ports including New York, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore and New Orleans; Naturalization records ranging from 1700 to 1900; Immigration records for more than 100 countries Increase of more than 10 million names; an improved viewer for documents.

michigan history magazine

Michigan History Magazine

A popular history magazine geared toward professionals and enthusiasts alike, Michigan History offers a wide variety of subject matter, time frames, and perspectives while inspiring, educating, and entertaining its readers. Coverage runs from January 1, 1998 through May 1, 2009.



MyHeritage Library Edition is one of the largest, most internationally diverse genealogy databases of its kind. Access to billions of historical documents, millions of historical photos and other resources in thousands of databases that span the past five centuries.

heritage quest

Oakland County Historical Resources

This full-text, searchable digital collection is composed of a variety of original documents, death notices, maps, and photos in various formats contributed or reviewed and approved by OCHR members. Each item is documented with the citation or source. The focus is on pre 1930’s copyright free materials.

Local Histories

Search the Local Histories (*not included in search)

Browse the Local Histories:

Before His Time: Fredrick Maltby Warner by Adam Ellis and Paul Romine

“Communism” Comes To Farmington: The Workers Camp by James Dermody

Farmington: 1824 – 1908: Brief Histories and Biographies by Nathan H. Power*

Farmington Area Cemeteries by Kathryn Briggs

Farmington Centennial Families by Jean Fox

Farmington History : 1824-1889 by P.Dean Warner* (index at end)

Farmington, Michigan: How We Got Here and Why We Stayed by Marion Kingsley

Farmington, Michigan in the Early 1900s by Harley Walters

Grand Army of the Republic, Marshall M. Beach Post 267 Membership Ledger*

History of the Farmington Post Office by Erika Peckham

The History of the Wixom Inn. by John Willyard

Letters from 1860: The Howards of Farmington by Jean Fox

The Magical History Tour of Farmington Hills and Farmington by Brian Golden

Marcus Burrowes, English Revival Architect by Jean Fox

Memories of North Farmington by Jean Fox

Nathan Power’s Pride: An Historical Overview of the Farmington Schools 1944–1988 by Rebecca S. Davis*

The Old Mill by Frank Steele

P. Dean Warner of Farmington by Jean Fox

The Religious History of Farmington by Stella Strye

Tracking the Underground Railroad by Jean Fox

History Snippets from Farmington Newspapers 1921–1997*:



Farmington – Kensington, 1870-1872

Farmington, 1926 #1 – Sanborn Map Co.

Farmington, 1926 #2 – Sanborn Map Co.

Farmington, 1926 #3 – Sanborn Map Co.

Farmington, 1926 #4 – Sanborn Map Co.

Farmington, 1933 #1 – Sanborn Map Co.

Farmington, 1933 #2 – Sanborn Map Co.

Farmington, 1933 #3 – Sanborn Map Co.

Michigan Tourist Map, 1939

City of Farmington, 1957

Farmington Historic District, 1994


Obituaries and other Indexes

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 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 obituaries funeral 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.

Farmington Genealogical Indexes Online Search Tool

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