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Genealogy Resources

Obituary and Article Requests

Request copies of obituaries or newspaper articles. ($2.00 charge for each obituary or article)

Genealogy 101

An easy to follow guide for those just starting out.

How-To Books

Books in the library collection that provide a foundation for beginning genealogical research.

Kalamazoo Sources

Search the Local Information Database for items from the Kalamazoo Gazette Index, local magazines, and more.

Other Resources

Excellent genealogical resources outside KPL's collection.


Frequently asked questions about genealogy and the library's resources.

Databases (most require KPL library card)

America's Genealogy Bank (Home Access)

Find your ancestors in over 300 years of historical newspapers, books, pamphlets and government reports. Search over 1,000 newspapers; the American State Papers; US Congressional Serial Set and more. Find obituaries, birth & marriage notices; pension records etc. Read every article on every page of the newspaper.


If you're doing genealogical research on ancestors from New England, this is a key resource.  In Central Library only.

Ancestry Library

Includes Access to for Fee Databases Powered by, allows family researchers access to search through a database comprised of an array of public records. Provided via ProQuest, includes Census Records, Passenger Lists, etc.  In library use only.

Biography in Context (Home Access)

Biographical information of contemporary & historical figures.

Kalamazoo Public Library Local Information Databases

Access to index of the Kalamazoo Gazette and local magazines, library photograph collection and Local History Room materials.

MyHeritage Library Edition (Home Access)

MyHeritage is the leading destination to discover, share and preserve your family history. Trusted by millions of families, its global user community enjoys access to a massive library of historical records, the most internationally diverse collection of family trees and ground-breaking search and matching technologies. MyHeritage empowers families with an easy way to share their story, past and present, and treasure it for generations to come.

Newspapers and Magazines

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American Genealogist

Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine

Daughters of the American Revolution Newsletter

Detroit Society for Genealogical Research Magazine

Everton's Genealogical Helper

Family Chronicle

Internet Genealogy

Kalamazoo Valley Family Newsletter

New England Ancestors

New England Historical and Genealogical Register


NGS NewsMagazine

Community Resources

Daughters of the American Revolution - Lucinda Hinsdale Stone Chapter

Kalamazoo Scottish Festival Association

Kalamazoo Valley Genealogical Society

Southwest Michigan Black Heritage Society

WMU Archives & Regional History Collections


African American

African American Links from Cyndi's List

General resources, plus societies, history and culture, vital records and more.

African Ancestry Inc.

Uses current advances in science and genetic technology to provide a bridge to the past for people of African descent searching to identify their ancestral homeland.

Our Black Ancestry

Finds and makes available information and services that help people explore and appreciate African American family history with a focus on national/international resources.

Census and Vital Records

Census - 1930 Obtaining EDs for the 1930 Census in One Step (Large Cities)

Provides a geographical search tool for determining the ED for the 1910-1930 censuses. 

Census - 1940 Access the 1940 Census in One Step

Provides a geographical search tool for determining EDs for the 1940 census. 

Census - 1940 Census Records - National Archives

Access the 1940 U.S. census through the National Archives.

Kalamazoo County Vital Records Search

Marriage and death records database provided by the Kalamazoo County Clerk. Includes marriages from 1942 to the present and deaths from 1934 to the present.

Social Security Death Index via

Search the Social Security Death Index at's web site.

Soundex Conversion Program

Learn about the surname to soundex code system established by the National Archives to index the U.S. censuses.

Soundex Converter from Brad & Kathy Genealogy Web Site

Looking for a Soundex converting site. Here it is for your genealogical research.

State Death Indexes

This website is a directory of online death indexes listed by state and county. Included are death records, death certificate indexes, death notices & registers, obituaries, probate indexes, and cemetery & burial records. Also included is information about searching the Social Security Death Index online.

Vital Records Information

Where to obtain vital records such as birth, death, marriage certificates, and divorce decrees from each state, territory, and county of the United States.

Where to Write for Vital Records

As the nation’s principal health statistics agency, NCHS compiles statistical information to guide actions and policies to improve the health of our people. 

DNA Genealogy

DNA Gedcom

Provides documents and tools to interpret the results of DNA tests taken for genealogical guidance.

DNA Painter

Provides a user-friendly online tool for chromosome mapping.


GEDmatch provides DNA and genealogical analysis tools for amateur and professional researchers and genealogists.

General Resources

Castle Garden

Information on 10 million immigrants from 1830 through 1892, before Ellis Island opened.

Chronicling America

Search America's historic newspapers pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.

Cyndi's List of Genealogy Sites on the Internet

Thousands of valuable web resources for genealogy research here. A useful place to start, also includes a list of appropriate societies.

Ellis Island Records

Search immigration records and learn about Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

Family Search

Learn how to start doing family history research through this site, powered by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Family Tree Registry

Publicize your family trees.

Federation of Genealogical Societies

Provides products and services needed by member societies, and marshals the resources of its member organizations.

Find A Grave

A free resource for finding the final resting places of famous folks, friends and family members.

National Archives and Records Admin. - Genealogy Page

Genealogical records, including census indexes, introductory how-to guides, African American resources, and federal records.

National Archives and Records Administration

Access various kinds of documents and records, including The U.S. Constitution, genealogical resources, and The Bill of Rights.

National Genealogical Society

For beginning and veteran genealogists interested in networking with other family history organizations and individuals through publications, conferences, and online technology.

Records Project

A gateway to state and county public records.

Researching Your Family Tree

Have you ever wondered about your great-grandparents? Or have you wanted to work on your family history, but you had no idea how to get started? If you answered yes to these questions, this free interactive tutorial is for you.

Restoring Family Links

An American Red Cross program that reconnects family members who have been separated internationally due to war, disaster, migration or other humanitarian crisis. This includes a special service for WWII and Holocaust survivors interested in searching for missing family members or obtaining documentation on wartime and post-wartime experiences.

Roots Location List Name Finder

If you're doing genealogy research on a specific location, type the name in the box, hit the enter key on your keyboard, and a list of people researching that location will be returned.

Contains extensive interactive guides and numerous research tools for tracing family histories.

USGen Web Project - Links to State & County Genealogical Sources

This site is dedicated to providing internet websites for genealogical research in every county and every state of the United States.


Germans from Russia links from Cyndi's List

General resources,vital records and more.

Germany links from Cyndi's List

General resources, plus societies, history and culture, vital records and more.


Cuban Genealogy Center

Resources for those searching for their Cuban roots.


Kalamazoo County Cemeteries on the Web

Burial by cemetery.

Kalamazoo County Deeds Search

Deeds database provided by the Kalamazoo County Clerk. Includes deeds from 1994 to the present.

Kalamazoo Genealogy

Kalamazoo County Genealogical Records.

Kalamazoo Valley Genealogical Society

The Kalamazoo Valley Genealogical Society serves family historians who live in or are interested in the Kalamazoo River Valley in southwest Michigan. 

Library of Michigan/Archives of Michigan Genealogy Collection

Access genealogical information and resources from the Library of Michigan and the Archives of Michigan research portal.

Making of Modern Michigan

Digitizing Michigan's hidden past. Local history materials from Michigan libraries.

MeL Michigana

Digital collections from the Michigan eLibrary.

MichGen Web - Michigan Genealogy

Access great Michigan specific genealogy records, resources, and research materials. 

Michigan Biographical Index

A cumulative index,including some of the following Michigan sources: Cemetery Transcripts; County Histories; Plat Maps and so much more.

Michigan Cemetery Sources

This site represents a compilation of published cemetery transcriptions located at the Library of Michigan and links to Michigan cemetery websites. This database also identifies the location of over 3,700 cemeteries in Michigan. It is NOT intended to include a list of personal names. 

Michigan County Clerks Genealogy Directory

County clerk information for genealogists and family history researchers.

Michigan County Histories and Atlases

This collection is a collaborative effort of Michigan's Council of Library Directors. The collection is projected to provide access to 192 histories dating from 1866 to 1926. 

Michigan Death Index GENDIS

Michigan Department of Health has provided internet access to information from archived death records through the Genealogical Death Indexing System.

Michigan Naturalization Record Indexes

Online indexes to naturalization records for selected counties in Michigan provided by the Archives of Michigan.

Michigan Office of Vital Records

Locate an array of state records from the State of Michigan's web site, including vital, natal, and mortality statisitics.

Michigan-State Archives of Michigan

With documents dating back to 1792, the State Archives of Michigan houses much of Michigan's record heritage. Find 80 million state and local government records and private papers, 300,000 photographs, 500,000 maps, and more.

Seeking Michigan - Archives of Michigan Digital Collection

Search the archives of the State of Michigan for photographs, maps, spoken histories, documents and records including Michigan death records, 1897-1920.

The Commercial Record

Online archive of the Saugatuck-Douglas, Michigan newspaper - The Commercial Record. Includes issues beginning in 1868 and continuing through 1961.

Then and Now Genealogical Library of Allegan County, Michigan

Resource for historical and genealogical information for Allegan County.

USGen Web Archives: Michigan Table of Counties

Portal to Michigan related genealogical sites and resources. 

USGen Web Project - Kalamazoo County Michigan

A resource and exchange for genealogical and historical information about Kalamazoo County. 

Vicksburg History

Vicksburg Historical Society's site containing area history and cemetery transcriptions.

Western Michigan Genealogical Society - A genealogy society in west Michigan especially Kent County and the surrounding counties of Ottawa, Muskegon, Newaygo, Montcalm, Ionia, Barry, and Allegan

Locate genealogical resources specific to counties in western Michigan, as well as newsletters, publications, and meetings.

Native American

Native American Genealogy

Indian tribes of the United States, includes records, biographies, census, cemeteries, plus more.

Native American Links from Cyndi's List

General resources, plus tribal information, vital records and more.

Other Resources

Adoptees' Liberty Movement Association

This site and the organization is dedicated to reforming adoption laws, providing support for adopted persons to gather information about their birth parents, and advocating for the rights of adoptees. 

Ancient Faces - Visual Genealogy

A diverse collection of memorabilia containing an array of family photographic materials. Includes family and military photos, family recipes, and family narratives. 

Civil War Soldiers and Sailors- National Park Service

The original service records of Union and Confederate Civil War Soldiers and the pension records of Union veterans are maintained at the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, where they are available for research.

ePodunk The Power of Place

Find information about American cities and towns. Includes cemeteries, airports, libraries, newspapers, and demographics. Information about common misspellings of American place names plus more than 5,000 former place names of communities in 37 states.

Land Records - Links from Cyndi's List

Access thousands of valuable web resources for genaology research here, including land records, deeds, and Homesteads.

National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution

A genealogy and aid to veterans resource.