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  1. 1. Local Collections Local Societies and Historical Grand Rapids Public Library Organizations societies.php Researching Your Family’s History! 111 Library Street NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503 616-988-5400 KDL Branches with Local History rooms Family History Center Caledonia Cascade 2780 Leonard St NE East Grand Rapids Gaines Grand Rapids, MI 49525 Kentwood Rockford 616-949-3343 Wyoming Michigan Library and Historical Center 702 W. Kalamazoo St. Local Government Sources Lansing, MI 48909 Library: 517-373-1580 Kent County Clerk’s Office Archives: 517-373-1408 County Administration Building 300 Monroe Avenue NW michiganhistory Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2288 family, here are examples of documents 616-632-7640 Getting Started to look for throughout the process: Western Michigan University County Clerk Vital Records Search: As you get started, begin with yourself Archives and Regional History Collect.  Photographs and things you already know. Look Room 111, East Hall, East Campus  Vital Records VitalRecords/ around your house for documents that Kalamazoo, MI 49008  Birth Certificate give names or dates. Record as much 269-387-8490  Death Certificate Ottawa County Clerk’s Office information as you can onto a five-  Marriage Certificate Ottawa County Administrative Offices generation family tree chart. (You can archives/  Obituaries 12220 Fillmore Street, Room 130 download a free chart from the internet:  Gravestone/Cemetery records Central Michigan University P.O. Box 296 West Olive, MI 49460 basicforms.) Clarke Historical Library After writing down what you know, ask Charles V. Park Library Building 616-994-4531 relatives to fill in any information that As you are compiling together Mount Pleasant, MI 48859 might be missing. information about yourself and your 989-774-3352 County Clerk Vital Records Search: VitalRecords/AO 8-18-11
  2. 2. KDL Databases Castle Garden Find-A-Grave Local/State Resources*accessible through This free site offers access to an Find-A-Grave is a resource for locating the Western Michigan Genealogical SocietyAncestry Library Edition extraordinary database of information on final resting place of family, friends, andThis collection contains more than 4,000 11 million immigrants that passed through famous individuals. With millions of names Information about membership, meetings,databases and 2 billion names. It includes Castle Garden from 1820 through 1892, and photos, it serves as an invaluable toolcoverage of the U.S. and the U.K., and publications as well as free research the year Ellis Island opened. Currently for genealogists and family history buffs. databases along with other services suchincluding census, vital, church, court, and the site hosts 11 million records and is in Individual memorials can include photos,immigration records, as well as record as ordering obituaries from the Society. the process of completing digitizing the biographies and dates. Find-A-Grave cancollections from Canada and other areas. original ship manifests. be searched by individual names or by*Access to Ancestry Library Edition is not Common Corners browsing geographical areas. http://www.commoncorners.comavailable from home. Ellis Island Website for local history and/or Linkpendium genealogical organizations in the eightBiography and Genealogy Master Index This website offers free access to Ellis http://www.linkpendium.comIndexes reference sources and important county area including Allegan, Barry, Island/Port of New York Records This immensely useful site is a catalog of Ionia, Kent, Montcalm, Muskegon,retrospective works of individuals, both immigration records from 1892 through links to United States genealogyliving and deceased, from every field of Newaygo and Ottawa counties. 1924. Includes digitized copies of ship information, records, pages and sources, allactivity and from all areas of the world. manifests as well as images of the ships organized by geography. You can search by Genealogical Research at the Library of that entered the Port of New York. a surname, and get links within every state, MichiganHeritage Quest or you can start your search in a specificInclude searchable census images from state or specific county. Links will lead you Find information about conducting1790 to 1930; 25,000 family and local to obituaries, cemetery lists, wills,history books; Revolutionary War records; genealogy research and using the Library is a website that offers biographies and much more. Please note: and Historical Center, as well as links toFreedman’s Bank Records; and the free access to digital images of these links will refer you to sites that arePeriodical Source Index (PERSI) covering online research tools. genealogical records. It includes free as well as some that require a paidover 6,500 genealogical periodicals since searchable digital indexes of scanned subscription.1800. Seeking Michigan images of historical documents based on the microfilm collection of the Family Rootsweb Resource created by the Library ofOnline Resources History Library. can be Michigan and Archives of Michigan that searched by individual names or by Operated by, Rootsweb includes historical and genealogicalCyndi’s List browsing geographical areas across the contains many useful articles, links, tools, materials related to the state of Michigan. world. online family trees, and more for those who Seeking Michigan features digitizedCyndis List is an index to genealogical are just beginning their genealogy copies of the Library of Michigan’sresources on the Internet and a great place research. It also contains message boards as collection of Michigan death certificatesto start for all aspects of genealogical well as a collection of mailing lists for that consists of nearly 1 million recordsresearch. communicating with other researchers. from 1897 to 1920.