Local History


Resources and programs to understand and appreciate local history


Resources, tools, and programs to explore and understand family histories


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Irish Genealogy

Recently I was given the opportunity to speak to the Irish American Club of Kalamazoo about Irish genealogy. As I prepared for the talk, I was somewhat surprised by what I found. I knew that we were well set with material on this topic, but I was pleased to discover that we had nearly 100 titles in the history room collection related to Irish genealogy. Among these are books that generally instruct genealogists on researching Irish ancestors, both in the US and in Ireland, like the new book Genealogist's Handbook for Irish Research by Marie E. Daly. ...

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Local History Online
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Digitized materials from the Local History collection