LOCAL HISTORY & GENEALOGY
The Local History & Genealogy Department is located in the Torrent House, across Webster Ave from the Library (next to the Red Cross). Regular hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can reach us at 231-722-7276 ext. 240.
The Muskegon Chronicle Historical Archive is available on a trial basis. The 44 years between 1879-1922 are now available, and NewsBank eventually hopes to digitize the rest of the 20th Century.
The database is available to users on library computers, as well as Hackley Public Library cardholders outside the Library. Acquisition will depend upon community interest and available funds. Your feedback and support are appreciated!
Hackley Public Library maintains a large collection of local history and genealogical materials, as well as providing access to numerous online databases.
Located in the Torrent House, across the street from the Library, the Local History & Genealogy Department is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Computer workstations are available for researching genealogy & local history. Click here for a brief summary of our materials.
Please note: Time and staff constraints prevent us from conducting extensive or detailed research. Please restrict your requests to specific details or resources. Have a question? Ask the Local History & Genealogy Department.
POPULAR ONLINE RESOURCES
SUBSCRIPTION DATABASES - FOR USE WITHIN THE LIBRARY ONLY (UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED)
Ancestry™ Library Edition - Patrons can access this vast collection of census information, vital records, and other genealogical resources from within Hackley Library.
HeritageQuest™ Online - Users can access this database of census records, genealogical books, and other relevant information from within the library or at home with a valid Michigan ID number.
AmericanAncestors.org - Official site of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, offering a wealth of resources pertaining to family history in New England and New York. Accessible from within the library only.
AfricanAmericanAncestors.org - A web portal from the NEHGS, this site is a central connection for the various resources concerning African-American genealogy on the AmericanAncestors.org website.
FREE ONLINE RESOURCES - FREE TO USE FROM ANYWHERE
FamilySearch - A collection of numerous genealogical resources provided by the LDS Church.
Muskegon County Genealogy Resource Center - Operated by volunteers, this vast collection of material includes obituaries, cemetery records, and numerous other genealogical databases for Muskegon County. Now available: Muskegon Chronicle Vital Records Indexes, 1980-2011!
Muskegon County Genealogical Death Indexing System - An index of deaths for Muskegon County, 1867 - 1965, compiled by the Muskegon County Genealogical Society. NOTE: Hackley Library only has death records on microfilm from 1867 - 1918, which are available for free on FamilySearch (1867 - 1897) and Seeking Michigan (1897 - 1920). See our resources page for more information.
Seeking Michigan - An ever-growing collection of digitized imagery and historical information, including Michigan Death Records 1897-1920, various Civil War records, and early photographs - all available for free.
MeL Michigana - A collection of links to various digital resources from around Michigan, including the University of Michigan's County Histories and Atlases Project, which includes over 400 county histories, plat books, and atlases of Michigan from before 1923.
The White Lake Beacon & Whitehall Forum, 1871 - 2010 - PDF images of almost 140 years of Whitehall's local newspaper. Not currently searchable.