Genealogy and Local History
Local History Room
The Stanley and Blanche Ash Foundation and Charles and Ellen Randal Foundation Local History Room is open during regular Library hours. Please stop by the Reference Desk to sign in. Visitors have access to all of our resources, including our microfilm reader and computer with internet access. Please ask Library staff for assistance to access items in the locked cases or to make photocopies. For more in-depth assistance, staff is available each Monday from 4 to 6 pm.
The Local History Room has many resources to assist with genealogical or local history research including city directories, vital records, newspapers, obituaries and many more. Learn more about the records available here.
If you cannot visit the Library, but wish to have research done, please submit your request by calling 616.754.6359, faxing 616.754.1398, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailing requests to the Library, Attn: Local History. Extensive research may be subject to restrictions and/or fees. Please contact the Library for details.
Newspapers, Censuses, and Vital Records
With support from the Greenville Area Community Foundation’s Stafford Fund for Community Enhancement and the Stafford Group, we are pleased to offer digitized vital records, censuses, newspapers, and photographs.
Newspapers 1924 through 2010 (in-library use only)
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Ancestry Library Edition
ProQuest has partnered with Ancestry.com to create Ancestry Library Edition, one of the most important genealogical collections available today with unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom. Its valuable content is a strong complement to HeritageQuest Online. Ancestry Library Edition may be used inside the library on the public computers or with your own device on the library’s wireless internet connection.
An electronic resource great for genealogy and local history enthusiasts! Access the 1790 – 1930 U.S. federal censuses and many primary sources such as tax lists, city directories, probate records and more.
Explore Michigan’s heritage through photographs, diaries, oral histories, local records and historical data.
Montcalm County History
Compilation of links with information on area history.
Seeking Michigan is the online platform for the Michigan Historical Center. It includes Archives of Michigan research guides and indexes, a blog, and educator resources – all from the Michigan Historical Center and Archives of Michigan staff.
* Database provided by the Michigan eLibrary (MeL)