Genealogy

The genealogy collection formerly located at the Osterlin Library has moved to the Traverse Area District Library (TADL).

If you are doing genealogical research, we recommend you use the collection at TADL. The Grand Traverse Area Genealogical Society or the Grand Traverse County Clerk may also have helpful information.

The Osterlin Library Reference staff are limited in the amount of reference assistance we can provide to genealogists.

The library holds the following records on microfilm, which may be of interest to genealogists:

REQUESTS FOR ARTICLES/OBITUARIES

Community members are welcome to visit the library and use our resources to access obituaries or other articles. 

For those who are unable to visit the library, we may be able to send articles to you.  There is a $3.00 charge for each item sent.  To place a request, contact the library with the date and page number for each article.  It may help to search the Traverse City Record Eagle index to find the date you’re looking for.

Local Newspapers

The library has historical coverage of the Traverse City Record-Eagle and many other local papers. Available titles are listed below. Click on the title to link to our catalog and view coverage dates. There are occasional small gaps in coverage, so researchers are encouraged to call ahead. Library staff will be happy to double-check coverage of a specific date and title for you.

For a searchable list of all Osterlin Library newspaper titles, use our Journal List »

Traverse city record-eagle

Including predecessors to Record-Eagle, the library holds v.1 1858 to date.

Antrim County

Benzie County

Charlevoix County

Crawford County

Emmet County

Grand Traverse County

Kalkaska County

Leelanau County

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