The Local History & Genealogy Department is located in the Torrent House, across Webster Ave from the main library. Regular hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  You can reach us at 231-722-8016.


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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 research. Please restrict your requests to specific details or resources. Have a question? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


     POPULAR ONLINE RESOURCES

 

        These are some of the external websites used most often in our department. Please note that the content of these websites is not provided or controlled by Hackley Public Library.

 

SUBSCRIPTION DATABASES

FOR USE WITHIN THE LIBRARY ONLY (UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED)

 

        

FREE ONLINE RESOURCES

Vital Records, etc.

Maps, etc.

  • Muskegon County Online Mapping Applications - Muskegon County GIS provides these free applications as "an interactive resource providing answers to frequently requested, location-based information with the convenience of access from anywhere an internet connection is available at any time of the day." Check out the Property Viewer Application to see up-to-date parcel ownership data, much like an interactive plat map.
  • Sanborn Maps - The Library of Congress has digitized Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps produced before 1900. Linked here are all available maps for Muskegon County, and hundreds more from Michigan and the entire United States are available through the navigation on the left side of the page.
  • County Histories and Atlases Project - The University of Michigan contributed this collection, which includes over 400 county histories, plat books, and atlases of Michigan from before 1923, including high-resolution, full-color scans of the 1877 and 1900 Muskegon Atlases (plat maps).
  • MeL Michigana - a collection of links to various digital resources from around Michigan.

Local Newspapers

  • Montague newspapers, 1880-1981 - The Montague Museum Historical Assocition has made available PDF images of the Montague Observer (1880-1973), the Observer and Shopping News (1973), and the White Laker Observer (1973-1981).
  • The White Lake Beacon & Whitehall Forum, 1871-2010 - PDF images of almost 140 years of Whitehall's local newspaper. (Temporarily down - Newspapers are still accessible on-site at White Lake Community Library)

Historical Photos

  • Muskegon Historic Pictures - a selection of 200+ digitized photos from our Muskegon Picture Collection on Flickr.
  • WWII Servicemen Photos (Mullally Collection) - Richard Mullally worked with veterans' museums in his region to compile a database of Muskegon County, Michigan, World War II veterans. He paired the data with as many contemporary photos of each veteran as he could find and attached information on military branch, unit, rank, awards and other details of the serviceman's status in the war. Hosted by Fold3.com.
  • Muskegon County Historic Picture Collections - a joint project by Hackley Public Library and the Muskegon County Museum (now the Lakeshore Museum Center). Please note that many of these images are watermarked and owned by the Museum, who should be contacted for further information or reproductions.

Other Resources

  • Historic Bridges - A fascinating look at bridge architecture, Historic Bridges offers professional detail-oriented photo-documentation, information, and advocacy for all types of historic bridges except covered bridges. Check out the Muskegon page for an interesting look at these underappreciated necessities.
  • 5 Online Resources to Help You Find Your Immigrant Ancestors - A selection of useful links, compiled by FamilySearch, for the first steps in finding people who came to the United States and North America from all over the world.

 

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316 W Webster Ave. -- Muskegon, MI, 49440 --  231-722-8000

Circulation Ext: 8000, Reference Ext: 8011, Tech Ext: 8012, Youth Services Ext: 8014, Local History Ext: 8016