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.

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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 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.




  • 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 IP address.
  • - 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.




  • 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. Check out the Indexes page for other records, such as naturalizations.
  • FamilySearch - A collection of numerous genealogical resources provided by the LDS Church.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 availableMuskegon 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
  • 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. (Temporarily down - Newspapers are still accessible on-site at White Lake Community Library)
  • 5 Online Resources to Help You Find Your Immigrant Ancestors - A selection of useful links, compiled by FamilySearch, for the first steps in finding people who came to the United States and North America from all over the world.


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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