Genealogy & Local History

Genealogy & Local History Resource Guide

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These resources are intended for those interested in genealogy and local history in the Kent County area and include library materials, as well as online resources which may be limited to Kent District Library card holders. If you're having trouble locating the information you need, please contact one of our eighteen KDL branch locations.

Popular Books:

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Community/State Resources:

Western Michigan Genealogical Society
Information about membership, meetings, and publications as well as free research databases as well as other services such as ordering obituaries available from the Society.

Common Corners
Website for local history and/or genealogical organizations in the eight county area including Allegan, Barry, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon, Newaygo and Ottawa counties.

Genealogical Research at the Library of Michigan
Find information about conducting genealogy research and using the Library and Historical Center, as well as links to online research tools.


KDL's Genealogy Database Resources
Includes the following subscription databases:
(Library card required)

Ancestry Library Edition
This collection contains more than 4,000 databases and 2 billion names. It includes coverage of the U.S. and the U.K., including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada and other areas.
*Access to Ancestry Library Edition is not available from home.

Biography and Genealogy Master Index
Indexes reference sources and important retrospective works of individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world.

Heritage Quest
Include searchable census images from 1790 to 1930; 25,000 family and local history books; Revolutionary War records; Freedmanís Bank Records; and the Periodical Source Index (PERSI) covering over 6,500 genealogical periodicals since 1800.

Other Resources:

Cyndi's List
Cyndi's List is an index to genealogical resources on the Internet and a great place to start for all aspects of genealogical research.

Get started with genealogy using these articles, links, tools, online family trees, and more.

Relationship Terms
Determine relationships between family members using a simple chart.

Common Genealogy Citations
Guide to citing census records and other genealogical records.

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