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In the Local History and Genealogy Department, you’ll find indexes to vital records from local municipalities, indexes to cemetery records, family histories, church directories, high school yearbooks, city directories, plat maps, genealogy magazines, and many other resources.  We're always working on updating and adding databases as time allows so check back often.

Anyone living in Ottawa County is aware of our rich Dutch heritage. Our staff is familiar with the peculiarities of Dutch genealogy and can help you with your research. We also offer many materials for German, English, Irish, Scottish, French, French-Canadian, Native American, Italian, Jewish, Swedish, and African-American genealogy. These materials include passenger lists, guides to immigration records, and guides to vital records in the country of origin.

Upcoming Genealogy Classes

Internet Genealogy for Beginners

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If you have always wanted to research your family's history, this 2 hour course is a great place to begin. This class will introduce you to basic genealogy how-to’s including completing pedigree charts and family group sheets, creating a digital tree, navigating genealogical websites, and locating and using records. Basic computer skills are required. Attendees are asked to bring a USB flash drive to class. This class is free but seating is limited. Registration begins 30 days prior to the class date. Reserve your space by calling 842-5560 x225 or or register online by using the Classes & Events Calendar link on top right of page.

Research Your Family Using Ancestry              

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This advanced internet genealogy course will focus on using Ancestry Library Edition. You will learn how to search the Federal Census, Military Records, Immigration Records and much more. Basic computer skills are required. This 2 hour class is free but seating is limited. Registration opens 30 days before the date of the class. Reserve your space by calling 842-5560 x225 or register online by using the Classes & Events Calendar link on top right of page.

 

LDL Local History/Genealogy Room Hours:

 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9 am - 8:45 pm
Friday 9 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday 9 am - 4:45 pm
Sunday during Winter Hours 1 pm - 4:45 pm

 

Online Genealogy Resources

  • Cemetery Records
    • Lakeshore Cemetery, Lincoln Street West of US 31, Grand Haven Township, Ottawa County, MI

Genealogy Websites

  • Ancestry (only available in the library)

Phone

Telephone: 616-842-5560
Fax: 616-847-0570

Library Hours

Mon-Thurs 9AM-9PM
Friday 9AM-6PM
Saturday 9AM-5PM
Sunday - School Year 1PM-5PM
Sunday - Summer Closed

Cheapstacks Hours

Monday 10:00AM-5:30PM
  6:30PM-8:30PM
Tuesday 10:00AM-5:30PM
Wednesday 10:00AM-5:30PM
  6:30PM-8:30PM
Thursday 10:00AM-5:30PM
Friday 10:00AM-4:00PM
Saturday 10:00AM-4:00PM