Wednesday, January 28, 2009


With the generous support of the Macomb County Genealogy Group, the library has just added a subscription to an outstanding historical research database called Footnote currently includes more than 49 million document and photographic images, many of them digitized records of the National Archives and Records Administration. A goldmine for historical researchers and genealogists, the database allows users to search records by keyword and then display, print and annotate images of original documents. A small sampling of the collections found in Footnote includes: city directories of Detroit for 1861-1923, Civil War service records, Papers of the Continental Congress, FBI Case Files 1909-1921, and Indian Census Rolls, 1885-1940. Users may search Footnote's index anytime at, but must use a computer in the library building in order to view or print document images. Happy hunting!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Macomb Obituary Index Updated

The library and the Macomb County Genealogy Group are pleased to announce that our Macomb County Obituary Index has just been updated and now includes more than 182,000 entries. We have indexed 2008 obituaries from the Macomb Daily, Romeo Observer and Bay Voice newspapers, as well as some retrospective entries from various newspapers for earlier dates.
Users should note that we have removed punctuation and spacing from the surname field. (For example, O'Hara is now OHara, and Van Horn is now VanHorn). Also, AOL users may have trouble accessing the index and are advised to use Internet Explorer or another browser to search the index.

Our thanks go out to Karen Brewer, Ann Faulkner, Mary Freer, Pat Hendrickson, Carolyn Horton, Sue Long, Audrey Morton and Herb Savage for their contributions to this update, as well as to Ann Parsons for all of the proofreading she had done on the index.

The Macomb County Obituary Index may be searched at

Monday, January 26, 2009

New on the Large Print shelf, January 26

Here's a sampling of some of the new titles on our Large Print book shelf:

Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell
Arctic Drift by Clive Cussler
Black Ops by W.E.B. Griffin
Cruel Intent by J.A. Jance
Running Hot by Jayne Krentz
A Mercy by Toni Morrison
The Other Side of Silence by Bill Pronzini

You may search our online library catalog anytime for other titles in our library and in member libraries throughout the Suburban Library Cooperative.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Meet Authors of A Slaying in the Suburbs

Join us on Tuesday, January 27 at 12:00 noon when journalists Steve Miller and Andrea Billups will be here to discuss their new book, A Slaying in the Suburbs: The Tara Grant Murder. Miller and Billups covered the Grant murder investigation and subsequent trial in Macomb County, and will tell us about their experiences in reporting on this horrific and shocking crime.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

New on the DVD shelf, January 20

Here's a sampling of new feature films on our DVD shelf:

An American Carol
Burn After Reading
Dark Knight
Little Mermaid 2
Shrek the Halls
X-Files: I Want to Believe

New DVDs may be checked out for two days. As always, check our online library catalog for other items of interest.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Holiday Closing

In observance of the federal holiday honoring the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the library will be CLOSED on Monday, January 19. Regular library hours will resume at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 20. Outdoor bookdrops will be available for return of library materials and will be emptied by library staff during the holiday. As always, you may take advantage our our round-the-clock library catalog and database services by visiting our web site.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Mysterious Genealogy

Family historians generally love a good mystery, so we've compiled a list of some mystery and detective novels featuring a genealogist as the protagonist. Here's a sampling for your reading pleasure:

Bloodline – by Fiona Mountain (M FIC MOUNTAIN)
An elderly amateur genealogist asks detective/genealogist Natasha Blake to trace a family tree back to 1750--but no further. The assignment makes Blake uneasy about her client's motives, since the family tree he wants traced belongs to his granddaughter's fiance. Complications arise when Blake discovers a murderess hanging in the family tree.

Murder Once Removed – by Kathleen Kunz (M FIC KUNZ)
Terry and her Aunt CeCe run a successful and popular family research and genealogy business. When the police report that CeCe has jumped off the cliffs near her home, her niece passionately denies that her death was a suicide and claims that her aunt was pushed. Did CeCe stumble upon some nastiness in the family background of one of her clients? Was she killed to keep some information hidden?

Family Skeletons – by Rett MacPherson (M Fic MACPHERSON)
When shopkeeper Norah Zumwalt asks amateur genealogist Torie O'Shea to research her family tree and soon after ends up brutally murdered, Torie feels compelled to investigate, despite warnings from the local sheriff to mind her own business. What she finds is a decades-old murder, a mysterious case of mistaken identity, and a bizarre love triangle.

Always Time to Die – by Elizabeth Lowell (FIC LOWELL)
Carly May, a genealogist/historical researcher, is commissioned to write a family history of a politically prominent New Mexico clan by a disgruntled family member who hopes she'll dig up dirt. When she starts uncovering illegitimate offspring, the threats begin....

Friday, January 9, 2009

Drop-In Family Storytime Resumes January 13

Drop-in Family Storytime is back for the winter/spring session! Programs are offered on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. beginning January 13, and on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. beginning January 14. These fun and interactive storytimes are designed for children not yet in kindergarten, and adults stay with the children during the programs. No registration is required. For further information, phone the library at 586-469-6200 and ask to speak with the children's librarian.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Macomb Book Fair Coming on February 7

The 2009 Macomb Book Fair and Writers Conference is only one month away! This year, we are pleased to welcome Heather Buchanan-Gueringer, who will present a workshop entitled “What Publishers Want.” Ms. Buchanan-Gueringer is a member of the humanities faculty at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and is the owner of Aquarius Press. She is also an award-winning multi-published author; her most recent book, It's Worth the Struggle: Inspiration for Contemporary Writers, was published by Aquarius Press in 2008.
Check our Book Fair web site for a complete schedule of events and registration information.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Flags Lowered in Honor of Fallen Soldiers

The library's flags are flying at half-staff today and tomorrow in honor of the sacrifice of two Michigan soldiers who lost their lives in service to their nation.
Army Staff Sergeant Christopher G. Smith, 28 of Grand Rapids, was a cannon crewmaster who was serving his second tour of duty in Iraq. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado.
Army Specialist Stephen M. Okray, 21 of St. Clair Shores, was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 16th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, Colorado.
Both Sgt. Smith and Spc. Okray died on December 24 from injuries sustained when the armored vehicle they were in plummeted into a canal when a bridge gave way in Baghdad.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Garden Hour Cures Winter Blues

If you're already sick and tired of ice and snow, here's a cure for the winter blues! The Gourmet Garden Hour will present a program on landscape design on Wednesday, January 7 at 7 p.m. in the library auditorium. Think ahead to warmer (and greener) days, and plan a spectacular yard and garden when the snow melts. Coffee and dessert will be served following the program. The program is free, but registration is required. To register, click here or phone the library at 586-469-6200.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Winter Scenes From Mount Clemens' Past

We've searched our historic photo files and pulled out some scenes of winter fun in Mount Clemens' past for your enjoyment. Just click on the video below to view the images. To see thousands more historic photos and document, visit our Suburban Library Cooperative's Digital Media Archive.