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.

Our Newest Books & Materials

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..



        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.


Access the Muskegon Chronicle 1997 - present issues and HPL's Archive!



Click HERE to begin your family tree journey.






  • NEW: The Muskegon Chronicle Digital Edition - Blank microfilm is no longer being produced, so NewsBank has contracted with formerly-microfilmed publications to provide digital archives. Explore local history with our new full-color digital archive of The Muskegon Chronicle! You can search this archive in the library or remotely through the library website. This new digital archive covers January 1, 2019 and will grow going forward (there is a 90 day embargo from publication date). Archival issues prior to 2019 are still available on microfilm. This database is available both within the library and remotely with a valid Hackley Public Library card
  • Ancestry™ Library Edition - Patrons can access this vast collection of census information, vital records, and other genealogical resources from within Hackley Library.
  • - 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.




  • MyHeritage™- Available to all Michigan residents, MyHeritage™ is a family history resource including more than 6 billion historical ​records from the United States, Europe, Latin America, and other regions. Includes the full USA federal census (1790-1940); census of England and Wales (1841-1901); U.S. World War II Army Enlistment as well as records of Union and Confederate Civil War soldiers. 

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.

Local Newspapers

  • 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.

Historical Photos

  • 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

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.


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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