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Notice of Public Meeting: Kalamazoo Public Library Board of Trustees | April 15th| 5 pm | Central Library/Board Room. The packet of information for the meeting can be found on the library’s website

Genealogy Websites

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 Census Records – National Archives

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

Census – 1950 Census Records – National Archives

Access the 1950 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.

Searching the Social Security Death Index (SSDI) in One Step 

Choose from multiple free sites to search the SSDI

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.

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.

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 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.

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.


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 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.

Making of Modern Michigan

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

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 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.

Michiganology – 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.

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.

Other Resources

American Adoption Congress

The American Adoption Congress (AAC) is an International organization devoted to family connections by providing the needed education for all members of the adoption constellation as well as those professionals within…

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.

National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution

A genealogy and aid to veterans resource.

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