Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Large Genealogy Research Collection in Saginaw

Saginaw library offers ways to trace genealogical roots

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — The musty archives that once typified genealogical research have taken a technological twist.

Instead of poring through dust-caked annals of census data, birth records and death certificates, the Hoyt Library in downtown Saginaw provides patrons an online onramp to a genealogical superhighway.

Genealogists can access decades of census data, more than 200,000 Saginaw obituaries and the world's leading ancestral databases maintained by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints without ever leaving a computer terminal.

Combine that with a hardcopy collection of 18,000 books, microfilms and periodicals and the Hoyt library ranks as the state's third largest repository of genealogical information.

Only the Library of Michigan in Lansing and the Detroit Public Library's Burton Historical Collection rank higher. [More]