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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.

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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 or detailed research. Please restrict your requests to specific details or resources. Have a question? Ask the Local History & Genealogy Department.






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.



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!

Death Records Online - FamilySearch (1867 - 1897) and Seeking Michigan (1897 - 1939) have death records for the entire State of Michigan.

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.

Seeking Michigan - An ever-growing collection of digitized imagery and historical information, including Michigan Death Records 1897-1939, 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.