Local History & Genealogy Resources


Local History/Genealogy Collections

The Milan Public Library has a collection of local history and genealogy materials (books, photographs, newspapers, yearbooks, etc.)   Most items may be found in the library's online catalog. Staff are happy to assist users in locating materials in the collections and/or referring to other local history collections in the area or in the state.

Timeline of Milan History 

Martha Church, expert on Milan area history, has compiled this extensive timeline of Milan history, dating back to the earliest days of discovery and settlement of the U.S. and our area.

Last Name Index

Information about people who lived and/or worked in the Milan area. 


My Heritage (Library Edition) Database

Online 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); U.S. World War II Army Enlistment as well  as records of Union and Confederate Civil War soldiers. Over 2 billion family trees.  This resource is made available through the Michigan Electronic Library (MEL) of the Library of Michigan.  Click here to connect to this database.  You may be asked to enter your library card or driver's license for access.

Local History Books in Our Circulating Collection


The collection is accessible during all hours the Library is open.  Email requests for information may be sent to info@milanlibrary.org.  While we can't do extensive research, we are happy to do some checking and scan brief documents for you.  You may also call us 734-439-1240 to inquire about collections or assistance. 


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Milan History Timeline

Martha Church has compiled this extensive timeline of Milan history, dating back to 

Last Name Index

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