Local History and Genealogy
The Howell Area Archives collects, organizes, and maintains printed items, articles, memorabilia, photographs, and written materials of historical significance to Livingston County, Michigan.
The Archives Room will be open on Wednesdays from 1pm - 5pm when volunteers are available. Please call 517-546-0720 ext. 129 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org before planning a Wednesday visit.
Additional Archives hours: The second Saturday of the month from 1pm - 5pm.
To view specific dates, click here.
Many resource materials including microfilm are available in the Reference department's Local History Room during regular business hours.
To request specific information from the Archives, please click on the link below, enter your information, and click submit. You will receive a response via phone or email as soon as a volunteer is available to handle your request.
Archives Inquiry Form (best viewed in Internet Explorer or Firefox, using Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. To get this version of Adobe Acrobat Reader, click here.)
Collections housed in Archives are ever changing. Volunteers receive family histories, photographs, building and house histories, along with old newspapers, personal accounts and clippings on a daily basis. While this by no means is a complex index, the following working index will give you a good sense of our holdings:
Historical records come from many different sources. Early collections were pasted on the pages of old books or in scrapbooks. The links below will take you to the index of many books which have been donated to the Howell Area Archives.
Obituary and Death Indexes
Thousands of Livingston County Obituaries are housed in the Archives. Newer obituaries are cataloged by year of death. To search these indexes, click the links below.
Livingston County Marriage Indexes
Early Livingston County Newspapers
In the microfilm room on the Reference level of the library you can explore old newspapers. The microfilm is processed by edition date. The microfilm of two of the county's oldest newspapers is indexed. Click on the link below to search the newspapers.