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.
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.
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.
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 IP address.
- 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.
FREE ONLINE RESOURCES
Vital Records, etc.
- Seeking Michigan - An ever-growing collection of digitized imagery and historical information, including Michigan Death Records 1897-1920, 1921-1952, the Michigan State Census for 1884 and 1894, and more - all available for free. Check out the Indexes page for other records, such as naturalizations.
- FamilySearch - A collection of numerous genealogical resources provided by the LDS Church, including Michigan Death Records 1867-1896.
- 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. Includes a digital version of Muskegon Chronicle Vital Records Indexes, 1980-2011.
- Muskegon County Cemetery Viewer - A mapping application from Muskegon County GIS, this joint project with the Muskegon County Genealogical Society "allows users to view burial information for cemeteries across Muskegon County. Limited cemeteries are online with more soon."
- 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.
- White Lake newspapers, 1874-2001 - A result of a years-long collaborative effort, this searchable database includes the Whitehall Forum, the Montague Observer, the White Lake Beacon, the White Laker, and the White Lake Observer. Together, these weekly newspapers provide in-depth coverage of the histories of Whitehall, Montague, and the surrounding area.
- Michigan Newspapers at Chronicling America - The Library of Congress is continuing its digitization of newspapers from across the country. A few of the early Michigan newspapers included are the Grand Haven News, the Grand River Times, and the Grand Rapids Herald.
- 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.
- 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.
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