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The Underground Railroad in the Detroit River Borderland

Finkenbine Photo

September 15, 1:00 pm
Presented by Roy E. Finkenbine

Roy E. Finkenbine is a Professor of History and Director of the Black Abolitionist
Archive at the University of Detroit Mercy.  He has consulted on Underground Railroad exhibits at the
Detroit Historical Museum, the Wright Museum of African American History, and the Kalamazoo Valley
Museum.  He has advised the writing team for FREEDOM RUN, an eight-part miniseries on the
Underground Railroad that will appear on NBC in 2016.  He is Vice Chair of the Michigan Freedom Trail

He has published several book chapters and articles on the Underground Railroad and is
RAILROAD ALONG THE DETROIT RIVER, which will be published by Wayne State University Press
early next year.

Genealogy Resources at Lyon Township Public Library


Lyon Township Public Library is pleased to have one of the premiere genealogical research departments in SE Michigan. Local history and Michigan history are well represented in our materials, including scrapbooks of birth, marriage, and death records, a full collection of the South Lyon Herald on CD dating back to 1929, local cemetery indexes, records of Phillips Funeral Home in South Lyon, and local family histories. The library has a large collection of reference materials as well as books and videos available for loan. For those of you who want to share your genealogy experiences and learn along with other aspiring genealogists there is a Genealogy Club that meets monthly! Please come and explore what the library may have for you!

Cathy Cottone has been the Genealogist at the Lyon Township Public Library for over ten years. Cathy can help you get started on your own genealogy and family tree and give research advice. Cathy is available for personal consultation by appointment.  Click here to schedule an appointment.

Family History Center Affiliate

LDS Certification Certificate 3

The Lyon Township Public Library is a Family History Center Affiliate.

Stop by to see how we can help you with your genealogy research needs.

Digital Microfilm Reader


The LTPL has a dedicated Genealogy computer, with Genealogy databases and  a digital Microfilm Reader/Scanner.  Library customers may access the computer on a first come, first served basis, or may reserve the computer to guarantee it's availability.  

Genealogy Book Club



Thursday, September 10, 2:00 pm

Join us as we discuss "The Birth House" by Ami McKay.


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