Genealogy & Local History

Ancestry is one of the most used websites for genealogy researchers. The Adrian District Library has a library subscription, which can only be accessed on the library computers or our Wi-Fi.

My Heritage
MyHeritage is a family history resource including more than 6 billion historical records from the United States, Europe, Latin America, and other regions. Includes the full USA federal census (1790-1940); census of England and Wales (1841-1901); US World War II Army Enlistment records as well as records of Union and Confederate Civil War soldiers. MyHeritage is provided by the Michigan eLibrary and can be accessed anywhere in the state.

Daily Telegram Archives

Explore Adrian history through local news, events, and people with The Daily Telegram Collection. Search issues from 1893 to the present day with full-color newspaper pages, full-text articles and content only published online. Click here to login with your library card.

Adrian Newspaper Archives

Search our database of Adrian newspapers dating back to 1849. Includes the Michigan Expositor, Adrian Daily Times-Expositor, Adrian Daily Watchtower, Maple City Reporter, Lenawee Tribune, and more! 

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Heritage Room

The Heritage Room houses local history and genealogy resources. These resources include newspapers and census records on microfilm from the Adrian and greater Lenawee county area.

Assistance with Local History and Genealogy research
We are happy to show you how to use our microfilm machines and other Heritage Room resources when you visit the library. If you are unable to visit the library in person, you can contact us to request to request assistance in locating specific historic or genealogical information. Please include as much information about the person, event or location that you are interested in as possible. Having accurate names and precise dates aids us in finding the information you request.

Please note that we are not able to do extensive family history research (compiling family trees, tracing adoption records, etc.).

We can provide both print and digital copies of our microfilm materials and most of our Heritage Room resources. Print copies cost fifteen cents per page, plus a dollar for postage if you want us to mail the items to you. Digital copies are free.