More than 20 million books including digital copies of published genealogies and local histories are available at the University of Michigan’s catalog of digital books. These books are searchable and free to access. Yes, no fees and no registration.
Although the catalog contains many genealogies and histories, you can also access a variety of books, journals and portraits.
Go to the following address to access the University of Michigan’s catalog: http://www.oaister.org/
WorldVitalRecords.com also has a large collection of genealogies and family histories. Many of these databases are also available free to access. Click here to access WorldVitalRecords.com’s collection: http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/contentsearch.aspx?&rt=history. You may also want to learn more about Abraham Lincoln. Here is the link to access many stories and histories about him: http://www.worldvitalrecords.com/GlobalSearch.aspx?qt=g&zfn=abraham&zln=lincoln&se=Exact&ixcat=history